Saturday, 18 November 2017

Paris Diaries: Day 1

Long time no see! I'm on a blogging break, but like I said in my announcement post, there are a few things I want to tell you about. First thing's first: I fled the country and ticked Paris off my bucket list.

I've been trying to go for my birthday for the past few years, but things kept happening: work, money, my health went downhill, and then we had illness in the family. But in July this year, everything came together and I finally got it booked for 22nd-25th October with a couple of friends. Not my birthday, but close enough.

We stayed in an AirBnB (this one!) for the first time and I can't recommend it enough. They're often cheaper than hotels, you get an entire home or apartment, and depending on who you book with, you may get to meet the owner of the place and get some personal recommendations, too. Our apartment wasn't in the centre or on the outskirts - in other words, close enough to the tourist attractions by Metro to not be annoying, but far enough away that I'm pretty sure we were the only English people around. It was tucked away in a rustic-looking courtyard with yellow shutters, balconies, and spiral wooden stairs which had the quiet atmosphere of a church and which were a pain to walk up with our suitcases. But hey, we were in Paris!

We got the Eurostar and arrived in Gare Du Nord at 1pm, planned so we could make the most of our trip. After settling in at the apartment and meeting the owner who gave us a tour of the place and made sure we were okay, we headed out to the Sacre-Coeur which wasn't too far away.

We took pictures, got crêpes, and listened to a busker with an amazing voice. I also got accosted by a handful of many people who were forcefully trying to scam money out of visitors, but luckily it's common knowledge that that happens in Paris, and with being in London so often where it's pretty much the same, it wasn't hard to deal with.

So... you can judge us, because I'm still judging us... we went to Pizza Hut. We'd had a long day of travelling, okay? I'd been up since 3am, on the road since 4:50, we hadn't made plans for dinner yet and it was getting late. We took our pizzas (and potato wedges in my case) back to the apartment and watched Crazy Stupid Love on my laptop before playing Cards Against Humanity. Is there a better way to spend an evening? The answer to that would be yes! You'll see on day three.

That's it for now. Check back tomorrow for a recap of the second day of our trip which was much more action-packed...

Have you ever been to Paris?

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