Who travels to “the city of love,” aka Paris, with no amor? ME.
All jokes aside: wow, was it one of the best experiences of my life. Ten out of 10 would go again and recommend to anyone who can figure out a metro system. I went with three of my girlfriends and it was Bon Appetit. (Note: this actually means ‘I hope you enjoy your food.’ Learned that the hard way.) There are a few topics I want to hit during this little blurb of mine. I guess you could see this as a mini travel guide?
Make sure you plan your days and your directions ahead of time. Just flying into France made me so confused. I am so glad I picked out my transportation to the city before I left Spain because figuring it out on the spot while being there and not speaking a lick of French would be torture. The metro is messy! There are so many different routes and sides to be on. Good thing it was cheap because we ended up on the wrong side of the tracks a couple of times. But it was an easy ride to Disneyland… which was magical.
Okay, so I’ve never been one of those Mickey ears wearing, stuffed animal collecting, Disney addicted girls, but I don’t know; Disney Paris hit differently. It started snowing during the parade, which just made the experience. The rides were insane and the fact that it was Christmas themed had my jaw on the floor. They really outdid themselves with the tree lighting and the Christmas Spectacular with the Disney royal couples at the end. Anyways, do that when you go to Paris; make a day out of it.
That was our whole first day of being there. Our second day we hit some big stops. We hopped on those touristy city buses because Paris is big and casually dropped by a couple of historic museums and then the Eiffel Tower. What a sight, and when lit it’s such a beautiful aesthetic. Just looking at all the buildings around us when we were driving through the streets was insane. I had to keep repeating to myself, “I’m in Paris!” The place is incredible, with so much history like the Arc de Triomphe, which is actually in the middle of a traffic circle.
I knew I was bad with my money, but coming on this trip really was a whole new level of spending. Bring your life savings (kidding, but not really) because you’ll be handing out those Euros like it’s candy. There is just so much to do, see and try.
Talk about a sight: just right to the Arc there is the street Champs-Élysées, which is a street full of high-end shopping. I’m talking about Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior and Gucci. But that strip had everything from $$$ to Zara and even Birkenstock, for all you granolas. I turned my head the other way while heading down that road and told myself I would save that for when the hubbie and I come back.
Let me just say, we ate well too. The restaurants were so fancy and the meals were so rich. Go to France with an empty stomach. A couple of things you have to try when you’re there: the baguettes, macaroons, crepes, mousse and anything else you can get your little paws on… Ten pounds later.
One thing to be cautious about when going to Paris is that Parisiens rebel. Parisiens, and I quote this from one of their own, love to riot and get mad about anything and everything. Government-wise you’re always going to get different views, so I can’t really make a judgment other than tell you all to be safe and always be aware of your surroundings. This past weekend when we were there people were marching in the street normally, chanting something in French, and all of a sudden there was an explosive going off right in front of us. Police charging through us and taking a man to the ground were other #justgirlythings that happened to us. But we weren’t in serious danger, as far as I could tell, since everyone was going about their evening like nothing happened afterward. Social norms in other countries have me like: ??? Worth the risk I would say, though!
I was trying to leave there a new woman, with a new accent, new fancy clothes and a man… side note: I thought Spain was where it was at, but no; it’s France h that has the men.
Paris is a city like every other one you go to. It has its spectacular side (that beats most other places) and its dirty parts. This was by far one of the best trips I’ve ever been on and I have such good things to say about the place. It was one of those times where everything went smoothly, and my outfits fit the scene… hey, pictures or it didn’t happen, right?
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