Paris, Oh la la la. City of Love, Light, Macarons and fake fund raisers.
July last year, my cousin and I made a city trip to Paris. 5 days discovering this beautiful city.
After we booked everything and shared the needed ‘info’ on certain social media to collect a few dozens of likes, people I know told me their Parisian experience. The 2 conclusions I drew from this:
Everything in Paris is beautiful. The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, The Louvre. Everything.
In Paris you get robbed. Guaranteed. No question about it.
After walking the streets of Paris a hundred times before (thanks, Google Maps! Good old friend of mine), I somewhat could agree with the first statement. The second however? The stories I heard, made the movie ‘Unknown’ (starring Liam Neeson), seem like a romantic comedy. How, bad could it actually be? Yes, it is a big city and in big cities people may not always have the best intentions, but hey! So does London and Amsterdam and any other touristy city on the globe. As long as you are not strutting your stuff and just act normal, all be alright. In the end, the second of the two conclusions was incorrect.
What sums up our time in Paris?
- Walking the length of 3 marathons in 1 day (read, start: Panthéon, finish: Gare du Nord, via: Notre Dame, Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and back to the Louvre, with temperatures around 28 degrees Celcius).
- Sweaty nights making me drift out of my bed as the hotel room had no A/C.
- Very interesting encounters in the underground… It’s like a world on its own!!
- Deciding to dress up for a night, getting catcalled the whole way, being followed by a suspicious looking guy, forgetting my metro ticket and having to walk back all the way, being catcalled and followed again.
- Catching our dose of angry eyes for a whole year whilst crossing the roundabout to get to the Arc de Triomphe. We couldn’t find the tunnel, oke?!
What I love about Paris (and basically all of Europe), is the rich culture, beautiful architecture and big historical stories. Just walk up a few random streets and you land within a new story.
Notre Dame, Mona Lisa, Napoleon’s Tomb. Check, check and check! The highlights are seen, but to see and experience all more, 5 days is too short. Time for a new visit. À bientôt!