Paris #1

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn 

“An artist has no home in Europe, except in Paris” – Friedrich Nietzsche

No matter who you are or where you come from in this life, I’ve always felt like Paris is a place where all can come and feel a new (for some reborn) sense of excitement and wonder, and I was right.

My trip to Paris began with a 5 hour bus ride beginning at midnight, followed by a few changes on the Metro, and this was my first view of Paris after stepping off the metro at 6:20 am…

. (The Eiffel Tower, 6:20am)


…I was taken aback by the enormity and beauty of this monument. I had seen photos of the tower thousands of times, but not one could ever come close to giving you even the slightest idea of what it’s like to have this magnificent structure right in front of your eyes. While the Eiffel Tower is not a symbol of France, it is one of Paris, and is one that represents prosperity and achievement and inspiration.

Notre Dame of Paris 

Seeing Notre Dame for the first time is a pretty surreal experience. This church (monument) is hundreds of years old, inspired countless stories, and has played such a large role in the history of man and is still in operation today. The place which inspired Victor Hugo to write one of our most beloved tales, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the place where King Henry VI was crowned king of France in 1431, and where Napoleon I had his coronation in 1804 is open everyday for visitation and regular masses and church services are still held there.

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre museum is an unbelievable place, filled with thousands of years of art and culture and history all under one palace. Coming to the Louvre is a must, visiting is as close as we are going to get to having the ability to travel through time. Whether you are fascinated by Egyptian artifacts, Renaissance paintings, or ancient Greek statues, like Nike the Goddess of Victory, who is in the above picture, there is something for everyone. The Louvre is HUGE, you really need to dedicate a whole day to visiting the palace or to make multiple trips. These photos are from my first time there where we only did a quick run through of a couple exhibits, I will be returning this weekend to discover what else this amazing museum has to offer.

My first time in Paris, though brief, was spectacular. Paris truly is an amazing place full of history and culture. Like I said before, I will be returning this weekend to unearth what other wonders may lie in Paris.

à bientôt



Studying abroad is not only a great opportunity to study in another country, but during your time abroad, there are also many opportunities to explore different countries. These opportunities should of course be taken advantage of, but, it is also important to explore the city you’re studying in. I’ve heard from friends, family, and other students, who have studied abroad, that they wish they spent more time exploring the city they were living in. Generally, in their cases, it wasn’t until the end of their journeys that they realized (or re-realized) how special their host cities are, and wished they only realized it sooner. It’s important to remember there is a reason you chose to study in the city that you are in, explore it and enjoy it!

Here is what I have discovered in Lyon thus far…

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

The Basilica was constructed in honor of the Virgin Mary, whom the Lyonnais people regard as their savior from the bubonic plague during the 17th century.

 (interior of the Basilica)

(Interior, sample of bright color scheme)(Front entrance of Basilica)


Lyon Cathedral

The Cathedral was built in honor of Saint John the Baptiste, it took about 3 centuries to build (construction began in the 12th century and finished in the second half of the 15th century)
The famous Lyon Astronomical Clock from the 14th century can be found here!

 (View from Saône River)


The Saône River 

The Saône is a major river which runs through eastern France, it is a branch of the well-known European river, the Rhône.

^^(Bridge connecting Place Bellecour to Vieux Lyon on the Saône River)

^^(View of Vieux Lyon from Bellecour across the Saône River)


Cemetery of Loyasse

The cemetery is known for its vast array of gravestones and architectural styles. A few examples of the styles of graves can be seen in the photos below.

…It is absolutely beautiful. It has only been about 3 weeks and have barely scratched the surface of what this magnificent city has to offer.

(Note: These are all original pictures)

Patience and Perseverance

Perseverance is something constantly on our minds, whether you’re trying to make it through your work-day or finish strong at that 5:00AM bootcamp class you signed up for, we are always working our way through something. Patience, however, is not something we actively think about everyday, but it is something we practice everyday. While it is important to persevere and practice being patient with yourself and others everyday, it is just as important to think about the two words. To think about their meaning, their purpose, and what we as emotional beings gain from persevering and being patient.

What does it mean to persevere? In my opinion, it means to be a trooper in a course of action, to keep moving forward, even when it may be difficult to do so. In order to successfully persevere, you must be patient. What does it mean to be patient? I think patience is similar to perseverance, in the sense that you are working through something, but to be patient, means to do so gracefully. Of course no one is perfect, and we all complain from time to time, I am just as guilty as anyone else, but when achieving something it is important to work hard, not become frustrated and give up or take the easy way out, and to not get ahead of ourselves and make brash decisions.

Though I only arrived in Lyon a mere week ago, my study abroad journey has been going on for quite some time. My journey to Lyon began last January, and while it has been an incredible experience thus far and having learned more than I ever could have imagined, it has not been without its difficulties. Any goal you aim to achieve comes with hardships and dilemmas, whether it be, in the case of studying abroad, creating a class schedule that satisfies all your needs for receiving a diploma and won’t delay graduation, or putting in 70 hours a week over the summer to financially secure yourself, they are bound to come up. That being said, the difficulties are what make the experience so much more rewarding.

Patience and perseverance together are what make us successful, they are what help us overcome obstacles and break through barriers put in front of us, no matter the obstacle. They are what give us the ability to achieve our dreams, and one day, you will look back on your life with such pride, you will think to yourself “I did it, I was patient and persevered, I made it happen”. They may be merely words, but when you put them into action amazing things can happen, like being able to call this beautiful place home for the next 5 months.





Bonne Journee 


Follow this Spring 2017’s Office of Study Abroad & International Experiences Global Correspondent, Kathryn Stewart, on her studies in Lyon! Kathryn is a UMass Lowell Business Administration major studying this spring on a UMass Lowell partner-led study abroad program, USAC France: French Language and European Studies in Lyon.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon.

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon.

Kathryn Stewart poses with a secenic view of a mountain behind her.Kathryn Stewart poses with friends for a group photo.