Where do I even begin? I've dreamed of going to Paris since I first decided that art was it for me. This was many moons ago, so this trip was a long time coming. Needless to say I fell in love at first sight. Life leading up to the trip had been hectic (to say the least…) and I honestly had no idea what to expect. But this city is breathtaking, surreal, and unbelievably beautiful.
We actually stayed about an hour away from the center of Paris in a new town called Marne-la-Vallée. (Near Disneyland Paris!) When we first arrived all I could think of was that song from Disney's Beauty and the Beast - "Little Town." The lyrics are not accurate, but people were saying Bonjour! and it was quite magical.
Taking the RER into the city was a great experience. I always find myself loving the metro system whenever I do actually travel anywhere. Being in SoCal pretty much all my life means I've been reliant on a car to get around, so it's wonderfully freeing to be able to move around a city without relying on anyone for transportation. Not that I've been on many trains, but the RER is probably one of the best ones I've been on. It's quite sophisticated and fairly easy to navigate.
Travel Tip: I highly recommend buying the Paris Metro app. It was the BEST $1 we ever spent. It saved us a lot of headaches to be able to enter locations, plan routes and trains, and navigate through the city with minimal confusion!
Paris is BEAUTIFUL.
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Being in a different place is always disorienting at first. And being in a foreign country with a language you don't speak is even more daunting. But it almost didn't matter because it just takes your breath away. My meager skills at photography will not do justice to seeing it in person. But bear with me while I hang on to my vacation high just a little bit longer.
We were there for about a week, but I think it would take another 2 to fully experience what Paris really has to offer. All things considered, we were able to hit up a lot of the landmarks and must-see things, but there is still quite a list of things to see/do/eat the next time around. (Photos include: Seine River, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre (of course!!), Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame)
The Palace of Versailles, the catacombs, place des Vosges, and a bunch of pastry places will have to wait until the next trip. Not to mention the rest of the Louvre, and several other museums. Seriously... So much to see! In the end though, it's still a vacation, and we take our holidays pretty leisurely. Not being able to see everything on my list just means a lot more motivation to travel even more.
Coming soon: The art and food post... aka... what we plan our vacations around. ;)
P.S. Rollerblading is a THING.