From the moment we stepped off of the plane and boarded a bus from the airport to the city center, we knew we were going to love it here, and I was not disappointed. The streets were well lit with street signs people actually followed. Now that was a culture shock after being in Rome for a month. We arrived late Thursday night and went straight to Aloha Hostel where Alexis, Lizzie, Daniel, Trent, Ryan, and I shared a dorm. Reviews warned us of bed bugs, but we were pleasantly surprised. We took off to find a quick bite to eat before we started getting ready for a night out in the city. We ended up at a club called Le Duplex and had so much dancing the night away, but we were exhausted from the day of travel and left around 3:00am when the Parisians were just getting started.
The next day, Lizzie, Alexis, and I ventured off to find breakfast near the hostel. We came across a small French cafe with omelets, salads, and amazing cappuccinos. I must say, nothing I ate in France was disappointing.
The day was long and full of sight seeing. Our first stop, none other than the Eiffel Tower. We made sure to grab a nutella and banana crepe on our way. You had to pay to take the elevator, but the stairs were free. So we figured we’d work off our crepe with a little walking. 669 steps later, we made it to a beautiful view of Paris and I fell even more in love with this amazing city.
Our next stop was the Louvre, but by then we were getting tired and pretty much made a bee line for the main attraction, the Mona Lisa. It looked just like all the pictures, but about 10 times smaller than I had expected it to be. Tourists crowded around to find their way to the front to get a good shot.
In the struggle to find coffee in Italy that isn’t bite sized, spotting a Starbucks from a mile away in Paris was like a dream come true. I’m pretty sure the sun came out through the clouds and angels sang to me. Lizzie, Alexis, and I made a beeline to the S-bux sign to stand in line with other tourists in excitement. It was well worth the wait and gave us the extra boost of energy we needed to walk along the famous shopping street, Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
On our last night, we decided to go out for an authentic French dinner after eating Chinese food for the past 2 nights. I had some yummy duck and tried escargot for the first time!
Our last stop was the Eiffel Tower at night. It lights up every hour starting at 6:00pm, but only for 10 minutes. So we rushed over to get a good view before the showing only to be caught in pouring rain, just our luck. But, it was still a breathtakingly beautiful way to end the trip to Paris.
“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”
― Oscar Wilde