Our start to Paris was a bit rough, but things improved. Less than 24 hours before we were supposed to be in Paris, our Airbnb host cancelled on us. This left us panicking to find another place to stay close to the city and also in our price range, and we found one, but then actually didn’t. We accidentally ended up in a fake taxi drivers car, but didn’t end up being kidnapped or robbed, and then had our new Airbnb host refuse to answer any calls or messages, so we stood in front of the building for over an hour. The owners of the grocery store below were very helpful, gave us espresso and cookies, and drove us to the hotel that we managed to find. They were by far the nicest people I’ve experienced in Paris (they weren’t even French, they were Turkish).
We got into the hotel very late since we had that two hour detour with our living arrangements. I was so grumpy and tired I didn’t want to leave the room, but we went for a walk to Moulin Rouge and up to Sacré Coeur.
The next morning we walked around the Eiffel Tower, to the Arc du Triomphe, and down the Champs Élysées. We window shopped, and went into the most extravagant Abercrombie and Fitch I’ve ever seen.
We mostly just went to all the “must see” places, as it was my first time here. Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, walked around the Eiffel Tower at night, the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, and got caught in a massive hail storm.
There was SO MUCH Van Gogh at the Orsay Museum. He is my absolute favourite. There was also lots of Monet, and the building itself was gorgeous, so was the Louvre. I will never stop saying how much I love architecture, and European cities are the best for that.
We attempted to go to the Chateau de Versailles, but it was closed on Mondays. I could only frolic in front of the fancy golden gates.
The Gardens of Versailles look so much better when it’s not November (google it).
We wanted to go to the Catacombs, but they are also closed on Mondays. Super disappointing, but I guess that’s what you get for not planning your trips carefully and ahead of time.
Galeries Lafayette was a stop that had to be made, it’s like the Harrod’s of Paris. This mall is beautiful. I was blown away by the view from the balcony on top.
I’m so in love with this city, it’s stolen my heart. Some things I would recommend are not travelling in November, not using Airbnb unless it’s a whole apartment being rented, and trying to plan ahead more than I did. Every main attraction I’ve tried to see has been under construction (Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, the pyramid at the Louvre, the Chateau de Versailles), and it was fairly disappointing to take a train to Versailles to have the castle closed. Also be very careful crossing the road, because French drivers are aggressive and don’t give a shit.
I want to live in Paris, and definitely do not want to leave tomorrow, I feel like there are so many things I haven’t seen still. There are also so many things here that I haven’t eaten in this city, but more about that later..
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