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.
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.
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.