We arrived in Paris and were all pretty exhausted at that point. We arrived at our hostel and went to sleep. We had one full day in Paris and packed in literally everything there was to do (which was a lot). My roommate, Molly’s best friend from childhood is abroad in Paris so we got SO lucky in that she met up with us and took us around everywhere. That helped a ton–she navigated for us.
My feet really hurt by this point in the trip and it only got worse all day. I do wonder if I would have enjoyed Paris more if my feet weren’t hurting so much, but I believe that the charm of a city speaks for itself and I did not get the spark I did when I was in London. Paris was certainly beautiful, but I did not love it. So many are shocked when I say this, but alas I found that the language barrier, slightly rude people, and massive crowds in the city created an atmosphere perfect for a few days of travel, but nothing more.
Things we did:
-Arc de Triomphe (we climbed this to see an awesome view of the city as opposed to actually climbing the Eiffel tower).
-The Eiffel tower
-felafel in the Jewish quater
-Chinese new year celebration on the streets
-Modern Art Museum (loved loved loved it!)
-Musée d’Orsay (Art museum)
-the Louvre (captured the typical tourist pic)
-Notre Dame Cathedral
-crepes from a street vendor
-macaroons from a small bakery
-The lock bridge
and now the photo dump!
Things to keep in mind:
-there is free entrance to all on the first Sunday of every month to all the museums in Paris. This was awesome because it saved us a ton of money, but the lines can be long. We couldn’t even get into the Louvre because the line was so long, but the lines moved fast for all other museums.
-the subway is actually really easy to figure out, but there is an app on your phone that can tell you exactly which lines to get on in order to reach your destination (its a lifesaver)– certainly download it. Consider a ten ride pass to save money and always save your tickets because they do random checks and large fines come with those who throw away their ticket before officially exiting.
-felafel is perhaps the best food ever. trust me. go get some.
we headed to the airport on Monday and flew home. all in all a great trip!