November 29-December 3
Paris, a dream come true!
One of my friends and I decided to take a trip to Paris to visit her cousin. It was my first time going to Europe so what better place to go first than Paris?
We flew business class to Paris and sipped red and white wine and upped our bread appetite not knowing we were going to have bread/baguettes with every meal once we were in Pari! I was just trying to fit in!
We soon realized that we should have tried to quiet our minds and slept on the flight over because we were walking zombies when we arrived. But, we were way too excited to sleep.
We explored Paris for four days and ate the most authentic baguettes, crepes, macaroons, crème brûlée, and madeleines. I was SO swooned by the French language that I am even considering taking up French. It is such a beautiful language.
I was also deeply moved by the classical music playing in restaurants with perfect ambience setting the mood. Paris is really the city of love.
What stood out the most was the stunning architecture. The detail that went into each building, door, and street view was mesmerizing. The amount of gold and classiness only made me realize how gorgeous Paris was. Even the subways beat NYC subways! Well, every subway system beats New York’s.
We visited the Notre-Dame Cathedral, The Louvre,Sacré-Cœur, Arc De Triumphe, The Pyramid, Jardin Du Luxembourg, and the Eiffel Tower. Since we stayed with my friends cousin, we lived like a local around Gare De Lyon. We took the subways, walked the high line, went to a farmers market, and vacationed in a non-touristy area. The Eiffel Tower lit up green to support COP21 in honor of climate talks.
I never saw any of the impact from the tragedy that struck Paris on November 13, 2015. There was a lot of security surrounding touristy areas, but I never once felt unsafe, considering I had no clue what anyone was speaking.
I hope to go back one day and explore this beautiful city more. I am blessed to have a career that allows me to explore foreign destinations, people, and understand a culture so different than mine.