Bonjour! Welcome to the city of love. ❤️
When asked about their dream destination, I think most people choose Paris as answer. It was definitely in my checklist too. I wanted to see for myself what everyone is talking about. But more over, I was so excited to tick off my 2nd Disneyland! I hope to be able to go to every Disneyland in the world.
We reached Paris a little over 4PM. Our tour leader decided to drop us off first at our hotel to quickly freshen up and leave our bags. We stayed at B&B Hotel Porte des Lilas. It was quite far from the city centre, but it’s convenient because it is just a 5-minute walk away from Porte des Lilas metro station which will bring you to anywhere in Paris. It was basic but neat. We also didn’t need a card to access the room, all we had was a pass code. So cool!
After everyone checked in, we went out for a driving tour of the city. It was a like a preview of what to see for the next few days. It was cool seeing Paris at night for the first time. All the bright lights made me excited. After the driving tour, we drove to Au Bistro de la Montagne to experience the traditional Parisian dinner. I know the photos of the food don’t look appetizing. It’s okay, you can blame my photography skills. 😐
After dinner, everyone chose to head back to the hotel. We all knew how long the the next day is gonna be. It’s a free day for everyone so we all had our own itinerary.
I woke up the next day at 5:30 AM. Sounded like I woke up for work but really, the day will be that long. The hotel buffet breakfast was basic. But as the tour went by, I realized that for us Filipinos, European breakfast will always be basic. Bread, jams, pancakes, egg. No fried rice, longganisa, tapa, tocino, BASIC! Haha! But in all fairness, it was really decent enough to fuel you for the whole day.
First thing in my agenda was to see the Eiffel Tower up close early in the morning. It was still quite dark when I left the hotel. The metro station was just a few minutes walk. Their train stations are old though I can say that it is still efficient. The train lines were easy to understand and follow. From the train station, I walked a few blocks to reach the famous landmark of the city. As I was walking towards it, it felt so surreal. I used to see it only in photos, magazines and books and that time, I was actually in front of it.
I have always dreamed of roaming the world, but it’s still a different feeling when you are already there. I just let myself drown in the moment, stared at it and took some photos and left.
My next goal was to see Arc de Triomphe. It is one of the popular monuments in Paris. It honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
Just across Arc de Triomphe is probably one of the most recognized avenues in the world, Champs-Élysées. It’s a 1.9 km stretch of prominent luxury shops, restaurants and theaters. The biggest Louis Vuitton shop is actually located here.
Another thing that fascinated me was Palais Garnier. It’s a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. The whole architecture made me swoon.
Also one of the limitless tourist spots here in Paris is the renowned Louvre Museum. Tickets must be booked online prior to avoid the very long line. I’m not an artsy person but it was just so surreal seeing the original Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting.
I was also able to visit Notre Dame. According to Wikipedia, it is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and best-known Catholic Church buildings in the world.
Indeed, the landscape of this church is jaw-dropping. I couldn’t help but gaze at it the whole time I was there.
Lastly, my Paris trip won’t be complete without a Disneyland visit. I can vividly remember my Hongkong experience. I literally cried during fireworks because it was just so moving. I promised myself that I will do my best to be able to visit all the Disneyland in the world.
It rained during the parade, but nonetheless it was still very amusing. Just like a child, I enjoyed every minute of it. I even wanted to ride It’s A Small World twice. Haha! I’m not sure if it was because it’s autumn but the park closed at 8PM that day so the firework schedule was early. It was astonishing to hear French Disney songs but no matter what the language was, it still brought me the same feeling as the first time I witnessed it.
My Paris trip is indeed one for the books, one surely worth remembering.❤