Thoughts on Paris


Well, I've had a couple days to digest our moments in Paris and was just thinking about how much I enjoyed the city. Even though I was fighting a tummy bug the WHOLE time, I was a trooper. How could I not be? It's PARIS! I had to toughen up and just go with it. I'm laughing now because I previously was worried about over planning in Paris. Well my little sickness pretty much brought the whole itinerary to a halt. Thank God I had a tour planned, in a car no less, at night. We were able to see most of the major sights while in the comfort of a precious vintage ride (more to come later). But that tour and our apartment pretty much saved this trip from being a bust. Also, this was our first time taking the Eurostar and it was so laid back. Thank the lord!

Well let's see what did we actually do? We took in the absolutely incredible views from our apartment in Montmartre. Breakfast in the apartment everyday (well what I could get down) was a joy in itself. We wandered around Montmartre and it's lovely little streets. We watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle every night from the balcony. We hit up the Champs Elysees Christmas markets. We toured Notre Dame Cathedral. We strolled around Ile St. Louis. We wandered the relatively quiet Louvre. We lounged around in our apartment. A lot. I ate pastries for meals as I had no appetite, but sweet foods seemed the best option. We leisurely took in the city. Thank you stomach bug! Oh, and I ate some of this....


A few thoughts on the City..

Paris is expensive
Holy moly. Bring a big wallet to Paris! Attractions are rather inexpensive but the food, albeit delicious, is crazy expensive. I mean CRAZY. Funny enough, I had a stomach virus and had absolutely no appetite and I think we may have saved a few euros! Ok, maybe that's not so funny....can you imagine having no appetite in Paris?? Devastating I tell ya.


Paris is stunning at night
Oh wow, Paris you are gorgeous at night. Nighttime was the only time I saw the Eiffel Tower up close but it made for a beautiful scene. And all of the monuments and buildings just glisten in the night light. Truly amazing. I can't wait to show you the tour we took!


People are friendly
We met some of the most friendly people in Paris....whether it was our AirBnB host or a waiter on Ile St. Louis, we found most everyone to be friendly and helpful in Paris.


The Food is Amazing
My most memorable meal was a absolutely incredible mushroom risotto. Actually, that may have been my only full meal. But Van ate enough for the both of us and can agree with me that the food was amazing. And because I missed most of it, a second trip is absolutely necessary.


The Views
I think you can find a good view just about anywhere in Paris. Many of the monuments allow you to go up to the top to take in the views, But our apartment views were just incredible. We did also see Paris from the base of the Sacre Couer on a bright day which was also wonderful, but crowded. I can't wait to share my apartment with you!

Van decided this street has to have been in a car chase scene of a movie!

Paris Could be Overwhelming
I'm glad I waited this long to visit Paris. Had I still been a newbie traveller, Paris would have totally overwhelmed me. And even still, I was a little overwhelmed in Paris but only because I was sick and it was hard to rearrange my itinerary while feeling sickly. But we managed and were able to see things that needed to be seen. I felt comfortable enough in Paris to know that this is a destination that will need many more future trips! However, I can see how some would be turned off by Paris, oddly enough. I found the metro to actually be really easy to use but again, for a new traveller it could be a little tricky.


Final Thought? 

I loved it and I want to go back!! 

All of my Paris posts will be coming much later.....I am still working on my Rome posts!! Plus with the holidays coming and lots of running around to do before we visit the US, it will probably be next year (good gracious, did I just write that?) before I get these out! So stay tuned for our little Thanksgiving in the beautiful Paris. 


Treasure Tromp

28 comments

  1. Two weeks in Paris was my first ever trip abroad. Once I got the hang of the metro it was super easy (even though my French sucks!). Sorry you had a tummy bug! x

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  2. Two weeks in Paris would be soooo amazing! Lucky girl!! I honestly thought the metro was easier than the tube!!

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  3. I always feel a little cheated when falling sick overseas - but then I wonder if it's our bodies seizing the chance to relax & recuperate? It still sounds as if you managed to see some of the best moments in Paris.

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  4. I'm so sorry you were sick in Paris! It's weird, because so was I! I could barely eat a thing! I mostly ate crepes the whole time. :) I think you hit the nail on the head about visiting Paris for the first time as a seasoned traveler. Paris was the second place we traveled to since moving here and wow were we overwhelmed! It was a little much! But it sounds like even though you had a big hitch in your plans, you still had a great time. I can't wait to hear more and see what the view was like from your apt balcony!

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  5. I'm sorry you were sick but I love that you toughed it out! Not sure I would have been able to do that!

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  6. I feel like that road might be in Taken...hmm. That ice cream is beautiful!

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  7. A view of the Eiffel Tower from your balcony? Tummy bug aside, you were living the dream! I do hope you get to go back soon while you're well and can eat EVERYTHING :)

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  8. I loved Paris, but I found that most of the people we encountered were unfriendly and not very helpful! They seemed to take offence at our non-french speaking. I'm sure this isn't the case with everyone in Paris. I found it to be super expensive too, like WAY over the top expensive! I'd still go back in a heartbeat because the amazingness outweighed any negatives.

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  9. I was surprised at how friendly the Parisians were too. I had grown up hearing that Parisians hated Americans. The only rude Parisian I encountered was a server who refused to speak English and lied to us about not having any English menus. We did our best shot at French but needed help.


    Outside of that, magnifique!


    V
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  10. I think you are right!! We slept in until at least 9 or 10 everyday and really just took it easy....I think we both needed it! I was worried about rushing too much in Paris and as fate would have it, we werent even able to rush :) worked out perfect!

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  11. Twinsies!! Haha! Unfortunately, I didn't even get to eat a crepe! But I had some other little sweet things so I'm good :) I am just surprised it took us this long to get to Paris but I am so happy we went 'seasoned'. I think it would have been a totally different situation had we gone earlier!

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  12. It's Paris....I bet you could do it too :)

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  13. Oooohh good thought!! I feel like I need to rewatch the Bourne series and Taken asap!

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  14. Our balcony was absolutely incredible! I even wrote Airbnb to give the property an award haha!! For the price theviews could not be beat....truly amazing! I do want to return to Paris, but we are headed to Germany soon and I plan on getting my food revenge there haha!!!

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  15. Omg, food was ridiculously expensive!! I could not get over it! Luckily we had an apartment and could cook some meals at home. But yeah, I think some may have been annoyed at our lack of French but everyone in general was friendly. I think I had the 'good experience' :)

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  16. Our French is terrible. I can say a few things but it's almost like I just freeze on the spot! Fortunately we had some superb waiters. One who even sang to us as he set our table....Ahhh Paris!!

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  17. I agree that Paris can be very overwhelming. It was my first place I visited in Europe (aside from Iceland) and I found it very overwhelming. I went back a few months later and it was a much more enjoyable experience!

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  18. I'm visiting Paris in about two weeks and I'm so happy to have found your blog for inspiration!
    I just want to say thank you for sharing your experiences :) or better...merci beaucoup!

    -Andrea
    Green And Turquoise

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  19. Ok good I'm not the only one who thought that! I was ok with it but I'm so glad I waited and got some travel experience in Europe under my belt :) I did love it though and Van did too surprisingly!

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  20. Oh you will have such a good time! And Christmas time should be magical! I won't be posting much on Paris before then but if you have any questions just shoot me an email! I highly recommend Cedric's CV tour! Found him on trip advisor and it was worth every penny!!

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  21. I'm checking it out right now on Trip, this tour sounds lovely! Thanks for the tip :)

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  22. I'm visiting Paris for NYE! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it--I can't wait!

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  23. What a persevering gal you are! I love traveling to new places :D wow -- those food pictures make me crave yummies! I think I would be overwhelmed to plan an itinerary -- I have only traveled abroad so far in my life with choir or mission groups with someone else doing the planning. What was the first trip abroad that you planned on your own? Thank you for sharing the beautiful sights!

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  24. Hi Andrea! No this isn't my first rodeo planning trips! I have been the main travel planner for my husband and I wihile we are living in the UK and at first it was overwhelming but now I really enjoy it. It just takes practice to know what you need to plan for and how to plan so that you don't get stressed. It's definitely a balancing act :) If you want to check out any other destinations, take a glance at my travels page! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  25. So fun! I went in college with my sister and I want to go back with my husband!

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  26. This makes me so nostalgic! I miss Paris all the time. I loved every minute of my three months there. And I still feel like I didn't see everything there was to see.

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  27. I can only imagine what three months in Paris must have been like! I loved our short time there and I know it will be a destination that I keep revisiting!

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