Just wanted to say thank you to those who were so nice on my last trip post. 🙂 We have come to the second part of our European trip, the good ol’ Paris, France. Sure you’ve seen a million pictures of the popular landmarks in this beautiful city, but I still would like to share my experience. I’ve dreamt of going to Paris, like millions of other people, since I took French class in high school. Even though our time here was short, we really made sure we at least got to see the most famous sites in the city and play tourist while there.
Anyway, we left Milan and took an hour flight to Paris. I still couldn’t believe it only cost us 30 euros each to fly there.
We played spot the eiffel tower!
We took the RER train from Charles de Gaulle airport to our hotel. Coming out of the station, we looked across the street and looked at each other, trying to confirm if what we were seeing was really the Notre Dame.
Form here, our instruction said that our hotel should be one metro ride and about 5 minutes walking time from that metro station. Since our GPS was acting up and not being very helpful, that 5 minute walk became 45 minutes of walking around getting lost. I didn’t know if it was frustration or exhaustion from lugging around a heavy backpack, or maybe both, but we walked passed our hotel and sat on the bench around the corner being annoyed as hell knowing that it should be around there somewhere. For some reason we couldn’t spot it. Then come the genius idea of looking at the number of the building from the address and tracing it down the street. Yep, “duh” moment for the both of us.
Day 2 in Paris.
The whole day consisted of walking from one site to another. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower, about 10 minutes of walking from our hotel. Yes, the thought of actually being there was amazing, but I mean, the process of going to the top of the tower was just ridiculous. It’s more of a “do it one time to experience it and never again.”
After a quick bite, we headed to Champs-Elysees to go see the Arc de Triomphe, then to the Louvre Museum. That pretty much took a whole day and after walking so much that day, and wanting to choke each other from bickering over things (ever travelled with a significant other?), I was ready to go back to the hotel and rest.
Day 3 in Paris was significantly a lot better than the first two.
Our plan was to go to The Catacombs then see if we can eat at this local restaurant that was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Layover- Paris episode. The place is called Au Passage, it was tucked away in an area not too far from the Catacombs site but we ended up not wanting to wait till 8 or 9 to eat since it was quite far from our hotel and we had to leave very early the next day.
This trip was great and we got to see so much considering we didn’t have much time there. I think it’s nice to experience these places at least once in your life. I definitely plan on going back to France to do more than the usual touristy sites.
We got up at 5 in the morning to get to the train station headed to Amsterdam. Stay tuned for the next post.
Thank you for reading. 😀