Paris Travel Blog› entry 24 of 54 › view all entries
April 8th, 2009 – by: RoxanneBarney
When I first arrive in a new city, it's the same procedure everytime. 1. As I step off the train look for the exit sign or even better the information desk sign. 2. Once at the info desk, get a map of the city. 3. Determine where I am on the map and the quickest way to walk to the hostel. 4. If it is too far to walk, then figure out what public transportation will get me there.
When I got to Paris I only had to take step 1 (though I had no idea where I was going, I just followed the crowd, another trick of mine that can backfire at times). The crowd brought me directly to Seb, my friend who I would be staying with over the next few days. He has been studying here the last couple of years so knows the city well. It was nice letting him do all of the navigating. That night we had a little feast. This is when I discovered how dangerous Paris was...dangerous for my health-food here is AMAZING. It is about quality, not quantity. Not to mention the wine is dirt cheap and amazing.
The next day, while Seb was in class, I went sightseeing.
Friday I went to Versaille, but I left after 20 minutes lol after seeing the over 1000 people lineup to get in. So instead I went to Sacre Coeur back in Paris to get a view of the city. Also I came to the conclusion that the metro here is great but only for citizens of Paris who have a pass. If not it gets to be very expensive and it would have been more expensive if Seb didn't save me from some of the traps. That night Seb took me out to the bars to meet some of his friends. I loved the atmosphere! Everyone just walked around outside drinking and relaxing, probably because the bars were way too small to possibly fit everyone inside. You get your drink and you get out.
Another feast the next day with 3 bottles of wine (to myself) caused me to be a little sluggish on Sunday, but that's ok. It was my last day here and it was nice to relax and get ready to get back on the road (or should I say tracks). I was looking forward to move on, continue meeting new people and experience whatever was next. That being Bruges, Belgium.
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