Part 1: Paris, France
The city of love and lights – I knew that my first trip to Europe had to be in Paris. It was one of the city I’ve always dreamed of visiting and when my cousin texted me one early morning in September asking me if I wanted to go to Paris since the flights from Icelandair were only $450 for a round trip, I practically screamed YES through text.
Paris is one of those cities you can’t get tired of, to say it’s mesmerizing is no joke.
“You never forget your first time in Paris, the city of lights.” – this is one of the most quotable lines and it’s 100% true! It even started snowing while we went to see the Eiffel Tower, it was pretty magical.
Things to Note While in Paris:
- Take the subways and trains everywhere, you don’t need to spend lots on taxi fare. Just grab a map in the appropriate language and go!
- Don’t be afraid to ask people for directions or anything really, they are so friendly!
- Wake up early if you want to get some stunning photos without lots of people. Best time to visit Paris is in the winter around the end of February, where there are hardly any crowds.
Where to Stay in Paris:
There are a lot of great boutique hotels which have the charm and character that larger hotels don’t have or there are some great Airbnb’s that you can stay at. Therefore, I recommend you book in advanced because they get reserved and fill up quickly.
Things to Do/See in Paris:
If it wasn’t so cold out, I would walk my heart out of this city. There is so much beauty within every inch of the city, so walking is the best way to discover it and that’s a major piece of advice I have.
- Taking a stroll down Seine
- Seeing Notre Dame
- Eiffel Tower Tour
- Shakespeare and Company
- The Abbey Bookshop – a little bit of Canada in Paris.
- Lots of outdoor cafes.
Overall, I loved my trip to Paris but I found that 3 days was not enough time to see everything in the city. Next time I visit I’ll be sure to book a longer trip and probably go in the spring so I can catch a glimpse of the blooming tree season or autumn time when the leaves are changing colours.
Have you been to Paris? If you have, what do you recommend seeing, do have any favourite places to eat or shop?
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