I’m just going to say it: I LOVE Paris. It’s usually difficult for me to admit my love for things that are so cliche but Paris, for me, is an exception. I can’t get enough of it: the architecture, the food, the history, I love everything about Paris. (The people could be a bit nicer but I would get annoyed by tourists assuming I speak their language all the time, too)
The flat we stayed at was in such an amazing location, just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
On our first night we met locals at a nearby restaurant and they showed us around the nightlife of Paris and gave us great advice on things to do around the city.
We went to Versailles for a day trip and it was such an extravagant place we spent more than five hours exploring the different buildings and the beautiful garden.
We stumbled upon Montmartre and were blown away by the quaint feel of the area. It was easy to imagine Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet spending their time in the cafés and gaining inspiration by the beautiful surroundings. We walked to the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur which had a breathtaking view of Paris from atop the hill.
We put a friendship lock on the Love Lock Bridge and along the Seine River looked at all of the second hand books for sale by street vendors. There were so many amazing hardback books it was hard not to buy all of them.
The only downside of walking through the beautiful Parisian streets: the gypsies. I can honestly say I have never been so upset with a group of people before. They come up to tourists and try to get them to sign a petition of some sort and while the poor unsuspecting victims are doing what they think is a nice and helpful gesture, they are being harassed into donating money and some might even be picking through their pockets. We saw this happen on multiple occasions and become quite good at yelling “NO!” to them on a semi-regular basis.
All in all- I CAN NOT wait to go back to Paris one day. By the end of the trip it was almost starting to feel like home. It would be amazing to do a trip through France and explore the county sides and the French Riviera. I can only hope that I’ll have better understanding of the French language by then. (And maybe a bit more spending money. Paris is quite pricey.)
Up next: Barcelona!