Sacré Coeur upon arrival, at like 7 a.m.
Landing at Orly
and flying past the Eiffel Tower on a foggy day in July. 26 euro to get from Paris
-Orly to get to Monmartre!!! I felt sooo sick after that 6 hour flight and jet lag! Arriving at the hostel (Régent Montmartre), our room was not ready until 4-5 p.m. It was 7 in the morning... so I decided to put on a "comfortable yet chic" parisian outfit to go explore everything, from Sacrée Coeur to bouelvard Saint-Germain! Being the smart cookie that I am, I wore plastic MK flip flops. Well let me tell you it's a good thing it started to rain when we were just leaving the hostel, because well... the dog doo-doo came-a-flowing down the cobbled streets in record time.
Our first real glimpse of Eiffel
I resorted to running shoes for the rest of the day. At 7h30-8h00 I was on top of Sacrée Coeur, rain falling and wind blowing everywhere... Being in Paris, the first city I visited in Europe, was the best feeling i've ever experienced... Seeing les petites maisons on our (rather long) walk down to the Seine (ok, we took the metro after about 2 hours of walking downhill) and the sweet couryards alond the way was breathtaking. I was so anxious to walk into a Pâtisserie, but I ordered yoghurt instead of milk, which was kind of a surprise to my mouth. It really surprised me how different things were: having gone to french private school, I didn't think I'd have that much difficulty with the language... and it seems like I did! We met an interesting character on his way to Moulin Rouge (ah hem) and many rude waiters in the more prosperous areas.
On top of the Eiffel Tower
We did make it to the Eiffel Tower on Day 1, because of my incessive nagging and pleading! We passed the Pont Alexandre 2.. and so many others sights, sights that wre foreign to me, like out of a movie! I couldn't believe I was exploring Paris with my boyfriend. I remember also freezing my ass off because I had only a camisole and a windbreaker on. And this summer in Europe was VERY COLD! We spent the entire day up and down Champs Élysés (which I was only slightly impressed by.. except for the breathtaking Arc de Triomphe) and trhough les Tuileries and Louvres (and Rue de Rivoli, etc etc etc). My favorite area I would say would have to be Saint Germain des Prés. Ah yes, and we also spent an afternoon trying to find La Sorbonne (I'm just so impressed with that school). The little card shops in SGDP are unbeatable. I found the best postcards there (unfortunately my grandmother never received hers)! Note: not many people take the time to see the Panthéon. I didn't go inside, but it looks BEAUTIFUL! It's not to miss.
À la prochaine,