Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Paris Diaries: Day 4

And so we come to the end of our travels... click here to read about day 3!

The last day was so chilled. We didn't leave the apartment until the early afternoon, when we grabbed brunch from a nearby crêperie which turned out to be the best place ever. It was tucked away down a non-touristy side-street and it felt like we'd come across a hidden gem. I had a crêpe filled with creamed potatoes and French onion, and then shared a chocolate and cinnamon crêpe for dessert. 13/10 would go again.

Unfortunately I managed to leave the apartment with a dead camera so the following photos are from my phone...

After our crêpes, we went to Notre Dame cathedral and had a wander. The photos from my phone don't come close to doing it justice.

Aaaand then things got dramatic. One of my friends popped into a souvenir shop to spend her very last euro. We had a nice wander back to the Metro, got back to the apartment, packed our bags, tidied up and made the place look brand new again... we'd put the keys on the dining table and were literally halfway out the door when my friend realised that she didn't have her camera. Cue frantic unpacking of her suitcase with about 50 minutes to go until check-in closed for our train at Gare Du Nord. Nothing.

So that's how we ended up splitting, with two of us going ahead to the station with all the bags (so tiring, so sweaty, but restored my faith in humans as so many people helped on the Metro stairs without us having to ask) and the one who lost her camera going all the way back across Paris on her own to see if she could find the camera. To make things even more dramatic, when we left the UK her data roaming failed, meaning we had zero way of contacting her.

I stress-bought a pain au chocolat. Obviously.

She made it back to us a few minutes before check-in closed, empty-handed, which has to be one of (one of) the most devastating things that can happen on a holiday. I felt so bad for her, and so sad about the photos and videos of all of us that we'll never see. Felt even worse when the bar on the Eurostar didn't have the risotto I so desperately wanted so I had to settle for a sandwich. #FirstWorldProblems.

But all in all it was such an amazing experience and one which I will never forget. I'm so happy that I finally got to tick off what's been #1 on my bucket list for my entire life, and I'm already planning to go back next year.

Thanks for keeping up with my Paris travels!

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