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A return to Rainy Paris

Paris Metro sign, black and white

After being back in England for a month, last weekend I was headed back to Paris.Sadly it was only for a weekend, but any amount of time spent in Paris is sure to be appreciated. Despite having lived there for the past year and calling it my home, as I boarded the plane I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous. This time I was somewhat of an outsider – I was no longer the current au pair, and so it felt a little different visiting the city that had stolen my heart.

Despite these minor worries, I was super excited to get back to the city of Lights and couldn’t wait! Although the weather throughout the entire weekend was pretty awful – rain everyday – I still had a wonderful time meeting with some of my closest and dearest friends who still live in Paris, as well as spending time with my au pair family. As soon as I stepped off the metro to meet one of my French friends, I knew that I was home. There’s something about Paris that has me longing to go back. I had also missed speaking and hearing French a lot, and it was only after spending a month away was I able to appreciate how much I had learnt and could understand. Much more than I had previously thought!

Due to the dismal weather, I wasn’t able to visit most of the places I had hoped to see. So, I’m definitely going to have to go back soon to do some more exploring! But hey, who can complain – most of my weekend was spent Cafe hopping and eating some delicious food!

Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral

Paris bridge/pont

Palais Garnier, Opéra national de Paris, Paris

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Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.


  1. Nuala Gallagher says

    Hi roisin.grandpa still in the hossie,but John is home for the weekend.the mornings are getting much colder,are you warm enough there?lots of love granx


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