Hey folks, today I will talk you through our 2 days in the city of romance; although Paris is not even close to be my favourite city in Europe, it’s still pretty and definitely worth visiting. So, back in 2015 in July, Greg and I were doing a mini euro trip before our wedding and the French capital was one of our destinations. Check out what we have done and my thoughts about:
We reached Paris from Amsterdam by bus; we bought it from FLiXBUS and it costs €33, we travelled during the night so we could save some money in accommodation. Is not the most comfortable way to sleep, but you know, is not the end of the world either.
The bus station is only 25 minutes away from the city centre by metro, pretty handy you would say, but I have to warn you about a not so great situation. I’m not gonna say that this is what will happen to you but is always good to be aware. Anyway, once we arrived there we crossed a shopping mall to get in to the subway, we ended up in a line to get day tickets to travel around Paris, and two guys pretending to be staff of the station were helping out everyone, great! So, we bought our tickets for 2 days, €60 for both of us; long story short it was a scam and the ticket was only for one trip. Obviously once we went back, nobody was there anymore. Please be aware, we are such careful travellers and with all the excitement we still got fooled!
That definitely ruined the vibe of our trip and I do think part of me not liking Paris is because of it.
We stayed in a pretty charming neighborhood, the 13º arrondissement de Paris, this area is considered one of the most Parisian, is less than 15 minutes from the city centre by metro and we paid only €60 per night in a hotel with private bathroom.
On this first day we decided to walk around the Eiffel Tower and check how big the line was to get up there, it was pretty big so, we left it for the next day. The city centre is beautiful and there are plenty of little coffee shops to see ad try some great pastries.
Well, as I said we decided to go up to the Eiffel Tower the next day, amateurs enough we never realised the next day was the Bastille Day and the most desired touristic attraction would be closed. Yeah, we are the lame couple who didn’t go to the top of it. But, on the other hand we watched a spectacular light show.
Because the Tower was closed, we headed to Luxembourg Gardens, amazing park and not so crowed, at least when we were there. Walking around Paris is very amusing so we took this day to see as much as we could. We went to the Pont des Arts, where (not anymore) people lock their padlocks on, the place is very close to the Louvre Museum; the museum does not open on Tuesdays and I would recommend you to buy your ticket online, it is €15 but on their website there are information about free admissions. From there we walked through the avenue des Champs Elysées to get to Arc de Triomphe, is a long walk, but worth it. We head back to the Eiffel Tower area to eat lunch and went back to the hotel to get ready for the Fireworks show. I have not enough words to describe how amazing the Bastille Day is; everyone is on the street waiting for the tower to light up in different flag colours, when that finally happen is impossible to not be amazed. After the fireworks going back to the hotel can be a little crazy as all public transportation is completely full but if you happen to be in Paris on the Bastille Day, do not miss it!
Our flight to Poland was the next morning, so we actually didn’t have enough time to see Paris in depth because of the holiday. We may come back some day and try to get rid of the bad impression, but for now, 2 days in Paris seems fair enough.