Paris, France

This post that you're about to read is from our 2015 Europe Trip, which I'm completely late on. I originally wanted to do voice overs for these videos since these "vlogs" were not very chatty. However, because of the way these videos were recorded, I decided that just adding music would be fine, and instead I would use my blog to expand on each of the days. :)



DAY NO. 1 - INTRO TO PARIS

After taking the fast-speed train from London to Paris, we arrived just as we would to any other location. I got off the train and was taking in everything I saw. The train station was just as I had expected from the many YouTube video of the European vloggers. We got out of the train section and then came the time to immerse into the local transport. John, however, didn't seem too in a hurry which I didn't question at all. As I was looking at maps and he was checking his phone, we were surprised by our friend Nans. We met Nans in college. He and his roommate Julien were studying abroad the year John and I first met. The four of us were pretty close that year.

I was so excited and surprised to see Nans. John had obviously been keeping this a secret. We went to leave our stuff at our AirBnB and then we headed out to explore! We stayed really close to the Arc de Triomphe, so before we left our stuff that was the first thing I saw after coming out of the metro. We walked down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and was taken to a "famous bakery". After we got there, I realized I was very familiar with this location. It was none other than Ladurée. I really wanted to get the macarons but decided not to be a typical tourist, and went for a more "Isa" baked good - a pistachio croissant. It was the best and I should have bought more than one during our stay.

We walked along the Seine River and headed towards the Jardin de Tuileries which headed in the area where The Louvre was located. So far the Eiffel Tower stood from everywhere I looked, so I was really happy that it was so obvious already. No wonder so many photos include it!

After chatting for a bit, our friend Nans had to go and he said he was not going to be around anymore during our trip. We said our goodbyes, and John and I headed to the nearest Starbucks for a little restroom and wifi break. Then we walked towards the famous Pont de Arts, or that bridge that has the locks.





 Soon after admiring all the locks and realizing just how heavily decorated with locks from tourist and young lovers this bridge was, John declared that it was time for dinner, and went on a mission to find this one restaurant his friends always brought him to when he came to Paris. I followed him, enjoying every little thing I saw along the way.

We then stopped at the end of a road and he looked around at the places as if he was kind of lost, and looked up at the restaurant right next to us, and said, "this is it". He hurried in, and went straight to the back, where to my surprise, was Nans, Julien and their friends. Surprise! Yes, Nans lied about our last encounter being our last one. They had all planned this little get-together. We had dinner, caught up with old friends, and learned about the new ones that were there.

After my first ever duck dinner (I was told that this had to be my first meal in Paris!), we said our goodbyes and we continued with our night. Since we were really close to Notre Dame, we walked over and admired it's glory.  After this followed a quiet walk back to our Airbnb, where I tried to recap our day in my video, and failed quite miserably.




DAY NO. 2 - THE LOUVRE

This was our only day fully by ourselves, so this was our "relaxing" day and we pretty much spent the day in The Louvre. We got some yummy breakfast and sat by the park outside the museum where I kept enjoying the yummy pastries and yummy coffee that was sold on every corner.


After spending a good time waiting outside in the queue, we finally entered the famous pyramid which is the entrance and quickly had to decide what to see. It was a big place, so unless you have a whole week to carefully examine all the artwork, you had to be selective with your time. I knew I wanted to see two main things 1) Mona Lisa, and 2) mummys. So, Mona Lisa was first, and it was quite a walk away. This place has 5 floors - 2 above ground, 2 below and the main floor. It is incredibly beautiful and full of history so our walk to the Mona Lisa was filled with statues and paintings of all sorts. As I headed down the long aisles, I knew I was getting closed to her, him, erm - it. I knew from all movies, shows, photos, and stories, that this was going to be a very busy room. It did not disappoint. I snuck my tiny self into the herd of people to get a front view of the portrait. I took a photo, stood there and looked around at all the people just getting close to this painting and rushed out to find John.


our delicious lunch from inside the Louvre - my risotto was amazing!

Then came the beauty that was the Napoleanic wing, with it's glorious rooms decorated with gold in all corners. We walked through so many rooms just like this photo, it was just so intricate. They were all so extravagant that after a few minutes, you forgot you were in a museum, and felt more like a palace.

my favorite crown! 
Our visit here ended by checking out all the cool mummy stuff. I've always been interested in them so, checking out this collection was pretty neat! I didn't take many photos of this section, but I have footage on my vlog. We stayed at the museum until it closed.

The next place on my list was Jardin du Luxembourg, which I was very familiar with thanks to my last two semesters in college in my French class. In my class we saw these scenes and a lot of them where in this location, so I really wanted to see it in person. It rained a few times while we were in Paris, and one of them happened to be right when we got here. We admired the area for a bit and then quickly had to find shelter which is probably why my memories are very vague and why my shots are few.



After dinner, we finally made the trip over to the Eiffel Tower, and of course it rained more that night as we walked there. We waited for the light show to admire it up close, and got some crepes.
coconut nutella crepes

DAY NO. 3 - SACRÉ-CŒUR

Our last full day in this city, was spent with Julien and his girlfriend. I remember that it was a Sunday, so we slept in a little and had a relaxing morning. We decided to get some macarons at Laduree and after arriving we decided to have lunch there. It was probably the most expensive meal we have ever paid for. We laughed about the price for the next couple of hours. Beware! haha


Our day with Julien involved us walking around Paris. He showed us around the area we were staying, stopped by the Moulin Rouge, visited Sacre-Cœur, watched an awesome show at a theatre and had a great dinner. His girlfriend, Julia, joined us for all this. She had tickets to a show called How to be Parisian in One Hour, that came recommended by many people she knew. It was hilariously entertaining and we all recommend it, and yes it's 100% in English.

DAY NO.4 - HEADING OUT

On our last day we said our goodbyes to our adorable Airbnb, which you can see more of in my vlog. Headed to the airport and I found out our next location as I was about to board the plane.

The city of Paris was very beautiful with it's history and attraction. We definitely enjoyed our time there. To fully wrap our trip up, feel free to watch the vlog that I have uploaded to my channel.

Thanks for reading about our trip!


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