Travel Diaries: 48 hours in Paris.



Well, it’s gone too fast but my time in Paris has been and gone and as we speak I’m already set for my next adventure!

I write this sat in Montparnasse station waiting for the next train to Paris, and as you read this I’m back in the UK packing my suitcase for New York (where does the time go?!).

Paris has left me too many blisters but even more happy memories – what a beautiful place! Before I came to Paris I decided I’d be exploring the city on foot. Back home I walk everywhere and if I can walking would always be my preference come rain or shine, I just love the fresh air and the sense on exploration and sometimes belonging you can get from a stroll. Though painful on my feet i’m so glad I stuck with it, I saw so much more of the city than I could have ever seen from the windows on the Metro or Bus. Although I didn’t do it this time I would really like to try renting a bicycle on my next trip as they were just everywhere and would provide the perfect balance between the joys of walking and the benefits of a faster mode of transport.

During my adventures across the city I came across all sorts of little boutiques, fruit sellers, boulangeries and wonderful places to pick up a simple yet delicious breakfast to start my day – one of my favourite activities during my whole time in Paris.

Having arrived late in the afternoon on my first night I decided to not waste the long summer days and was straight off into Paris to find my bearings and see my first glimpses of the city. After a little bit of getting lost I quickly found my way to the Eiffel tower and after a stroll through the market and a little necklace purchase I hoped on the first batobus for a ride down the river and a relaxed introduction to this vibrant city. From Notre Dame to the Louvre Museum, I think I felt most at home on the sides of the river bank watching the Salsa dancers in the Latin Quarter. With the warmth of the sun setting behind the buildings Paris was magical, and just as we came back into the first port on came the lights of the Eiffel Tower – lovely.

As the sun had quickly gone to bed I decided to brave the walk up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower to take in the views of the city at night. It was certainly worth the wait, the views were magical, but if I’m completely honest I was in more amazement at the sheer size of the Eiffel tower. I just loved the views from the ground and could have happily parked myself on a seat and looked up at the impressive monument all day, but after a long day it was back to the hotel for a good nights rest ready to make the most of my only full day En Paris!

Despite the rain, my second day was packed full. Starting with the Catacombs, then a walk to Notre Dame passing through Jardin de Luxembourg and across the lock bridges. The child in me was giddy as anything to stand on the steps of Notre Dame. Sorry to make a Disney reference but both the book and the Disney film for the Hunchback of Notre Dame hold a fond place in my heart so I was over the moon to see this majestic building in person. I ended my day with a leisurely stroll around the Louvre Museum. I could have given a whole day to the Louvre, I can see how people can lose track of the hours in the art galleries, its one thing seeing art in books, or movies, or media forms, but to see such enormous paintings in real life was breath taking.

I couldn’t have enjoyed my trip more it was such a wonderful (if tiring!) experience. The only thing that could have made it any better would have been more time to sit back and watch the world go by (one of my favourite pass times) but I’m sure I’ll be back in no time.

But for now I’m already on my next adventure. As I write, I sit in Montparnasse station waiting for the arrival of the TGV to Poitier. I’ll be spending a week there and then heading back to Wales for a few short days before my next journey.

I hope wherever you are in the world you’re enjoying the summer and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

For now Au Revoir!

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1 comment:

  1. sounds like you had fun! hope you have fun on your future adventures! x


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