So it’s been a while since I’ve written. In fact, if you follow my Instagram account @chalriebettay then you’ll know that I’ve already been home for over a month! But I want to pick up where I left off, starting with the most dazzling cities I’ve ever witnessed: Paris.
After a mix-up with our train from Amsterdam, we arrived late and exhausted in the center of Paris. But the feeling of being in Paris (really being there!) shook off any fatigue from a day of travelling. On our first night, we saw the stunning Sacre-Coeur glowing over the city, which was only a five minute walk from our hostel in Montmartre.
Since my backpacking buddy, Tori, and I love art so much, we decided to head to the Musee d’Orsay the next morning. It was a bit drizzly, but I will never forget the walk there, and seeing the iconic Eiffel Tower for the first time. Have you ever been so excited that you do a jump-squeal-giggle combo? No? Well that’s what I did.
Anyways, we enjoyed the museum, and over the next four days we also wandered around inside the Louvre- seven hours of it, actually, the Orangerie- home of Monet’s famous Waterlillies, and the Pompidou Centre, which I admittedly did not like at all. Contemporary Art just isn’t my forte I suppose. It was like a culture overload, and we had a few days where we didn’t even want to look at another painting. But we made sure to have our fun with the art while still appreciating it!
We saw the Notre Dame, the Pantheon, the Opera Garnier, the Arc de Triomph, and more. Lots of iconic Parisian things. My favorite neighborhood, or arrondissement, was the Quartier Latin, because it looked the most authentic to me.
We ended the fantastic five days with a sunset picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, complete with baguettes and cheese, macarons, éclairs, and cheap wine. We watched the sun go down and the tower light up and glow. Did I mention that I now love macarons?
I was honestly worried about being disappointed with Paris. I had heard lots of horror stories of the people being rude, the city being smelly, and places like the Louvre being stuffy and too crowded. And on the first day of rain, I thought maybe they’d been right. But the next four days brought warm weather and sunshine, and I saw the Paris I had been dreaming about since I was a little girl. The city has a pearly glow in the sunshine, and glitters a magnificent gold at night. Ahhh, j’aime Paris!
What do you like to do in Paris? Comment below!