Europe, Travel

Paris

The trip to Paris was kind of a mess…

So I decided to go to Paris because it’s one of those places you can’t really miss after being in Europe for 6 years. If it wasn’t for that I probably wouldn’t have gone at all. BUT alas I did end up going with some friends from work. We were only in Paris for about 5 hours though so we definitely didn’t get around the whole city. Our priority was to see the Eiffel Tower and call it a day. The city of Paris didn’t look too big on the map for whatever reason but Paris is MASSIVE! We thought we would have time to walk by the Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower but it didn’t happen. We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris where we met the absolute rudest security officer in London. I totally get having to deal with “customers” can be stressful and irritating but this was a whole other level of douchebaggary.

Anyway, we found our way to the Notre Dame first, which was way smaller than I thought. That Disney movie really skewed my expectations lol. Still beautiful though!

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Then we tried to take the metro to the Eiffel tower and I have never attempted to use a more confusing metro system and I’ve been on several metros in different countries. You know how on a metro map, one stop can have two different lines run through it but you can still go to that one stop to access both lines? Well it didn’t seem like Paris was like that. It seemed like there were multiple ways to get down into a station but that not all entry ways led you to the connecting lines OR that on the map it showed the two lines at one stop but there were actually two separate entrances… I really don’t know. We took a hot minute trying to figure it out and of course no one would help so we grabbed a taxi. BEST. DECISION. EVER! I never take taxis when I’m traveling because I’m usually alone but it was so incredibly hot this day and we didn’t know where we were going so the taxi was great.

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I had made the assumption based on map images of Paris that we might be able to see the Eiffel Tower from different parts of the city. False. It’s tall but the city is SO big that it was no where to be found from the Notre Dame. Anyway we made it to the Eiffel Tower in time for our tour. The only reason we booked a tour was to get access to the very top of the Tower to get views of the city and we got to skip some of the lines along the way. We didn’t actually get to the very top of the tower though because we had to catch our train going back. In retrospect I wouldn’t have purchased the tour tickets just because the views were better of the tower than they were from the tower. Maybe at night it would have been better. A beautiful city nonetheless.

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Once we decided not to wait around to get to the top of the tower we walked down and across the bridge above ^ to take a few more pictures…

 

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Made it back for the train just in time! The train itself was really nice. We didn’t realize that we had purchased a ticket that included meals (they were cheaper than the regular tickets) but that was a wonderful surprise and kept us from getting the most cranky in the heat ❤ A very chaotic, somewhat stressful, but beautiful day 🙂 I won’t be doing that again though haha

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