Our last night in Amsterdam ended with us taking the tram to the station bound for Paris. However, the trams were being very slow, and we were running a bit behind anyway, so we decided to hop off around the city center and catch a cab.
After a lengthy cab ride, we arrived at the station, where we were the last ones to board.
We arrived in the early hours on Tuesday, meeting the rest of our group at their hotel.
The first day in Paris started with me getting a baguette, and visiting a cafe to grab some coffee as I had not gotten a good sleep the night before. After that, we headed to the Paris Opera House to catch a short tour around that part of the city, which concluded in the lawn leading to the Arc du Triumph. After re-caffenating, we ventured out towards the opposite direction bound for the Louvre. Since it was closed, it was nice and empty, giving us a good chance go get some pretty nice pictures of the buildings without many people.
After that, we went to Notre Dame to catch our second tour of the day. This tour was very long and detailed which we appreciated because the tour guide was very knowledgeable, and showed us very interesting details around the cathedral that we would have easily missed.
The rest of the day was filled with a lot of walking around, mainly getting lost and relying on our large fold out map to get us back on track. We ended the day in Luxembourg, which is a very large house that serves as a museum. Outside however, is a huge garden littered with very nice statues and a large fountain out front.
Since we had gotten around 4 hours of sleep in the last two days, we decided to end the day early since we were in Paris for 5 days, and could take our time.
The second day, Emily & I ventured into the Louvre, which was the main reason I was in Paris. Since it was very early in the morning, we figured we would go visit the Mona Lisa since there would probably be a lot more people later on in the day. It was pretty funny finding the Mona Lisa because there was a sign pointing the way to it every few hundred feet. It seemed like they knew that it was the only reason most people were in that wing of the museum.
The room that holds the Mona Lisa is huge, and very wide to accommodate the large crowds. In the middle of this huge room is a slab of a wall her it on it. Making our way through the crowd to the front felt a lot like trying to make your way through a crowd at a concert, but instead of having somewhat lively people trying to get to the front too, we were met with hundred of annoyed looking middle aged tourists that didn’t appreciate all of the pushing and shoving. After about 10 minutes of slowly pushing our way forward, we made it, and of course, got a selfie.
After that, we spent over 6 hours walking around the three wings of the museum, occasionally noticing a random nice painting, and realizing it would be a random Da Vinci just sitting there with no one looking at it. That must have happened at least 4 times.
The food in the Louvre is how they stay profitable, since we’re students, we were able to get in for free. However, the food tariff is quite stiff, so they definitely got their fee from me.
Afterwards, we met up with the rest of the group and got some very nice dinner near the hotel. The onion soup is on point in Paris.
On our third day, we decided to head to the catacombs with everyone. Emily stayed with and got to go inside, while I was away back at the hotel taking an important call that took up the bulk of my day preparing for it. At night, we headed to the Eiffel Tower to get some pictures and relax on the lawn behind it.
On the fourth day, Emily and one of our friends got some Escargot for breakfast, which had me gagging, but nevertheless, an experience. After that, we headed out to Versailles for the day. We got to grab some awesome pictures inside for free since we’re students, and then ventured out back to check out the famous gardens.
After returning, we headed to the Eiffel tower once again to have a picnic on the lawn with some cheese, crackers, & wine.
Our friends left that day, so Emily and I got a hotel for ourselves near the Eiffel Tower. It was really nice, had a great view, and was right across the street from a bakery. After grabbing some croissants and baguette, we headed out to the Eiffel Tower for the last time, and spent the majority of our day just walking around, eating at random restaurants that were among the best we’ve ever had, and ended our night just hanging out passing the hours near the tower.
The trip was incredible, and I’m so happy that I was able to experience Paris with friends. Paris has its faults, but I’m glad to say that I’ve been to.
Until Next Time,