After around 20 hours of plane travel, I made it to CDG airport just outside of Paris. I had selected Paris to be my first city in Europe for a couple of reasons. First being that it was the cheapest place to fly into from Tokyo, and secondly because I’ve been twice before and done every touristy thing possible, so I knew I wouldn’t be pressured to immediately get out and sightsee. I knew I’d have some massive jetlag to get over first! After taking a train into the city and catching another subway line, I arrived in what would be my new neighborhood for the next 3 nights. I checked into my hostel which was located on the canal and decided since it was 8pm, and I slept zero hours on my flights, it was time for bed. Unfortunately, my new dormmates didn’t agree. I got very little sleep that night, partially due to people talking, partially due to my body thinking I should be awake since it was daytime in Asia, and partially due to it staying light until 11pm…all these combined made for a groggy Jenny the next morning.
I knew I wanted to have a chill day, but there are a few things that I just have to see every time I’m in this amazing city. I started the day off by grabbing a baguette, some cheese and meat, and made a sandwich to enjoy on the canal.Then I decided to head to the Louvre, a museum that never gets old no matter how many times you go to it. You can also explore it for many days and never see everything that’s inside of it. It’s just that massive!
After spending some time with the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory, to name a few, I was off to get some shopping done. I needed a new wardrobe for Europe, since the tank tops, workout clothing and swimsuits I’d been wearing the past 4 months in Southeast Asia aren’t necessarily European chic. I found some new threads, some warm clothing for upcoming adventures in Scandinavia, and some makeup and hair products that I’d been missing so dearly!
The next day, I went downstairs in my hostel to get ready to head out on the free walking tour of the city. I immediately met 2 girls from Norway and we hit it off! Later in the tour we also met 2 girls from Australia, and became a fun crew! The tour was offered by Sandeman’s, which is a popular walking tour company in Europe. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable, which made for a fun few hours of sightseeing!
After the tour, we decided that we enjoyed it so much, that we signed up for the paid tour of Montmartre, and adorable artsy part of the city known for the Moulin Rouge, famous artists old quarters and of course, Sacre Cour cathedral. But first, we had a few hours in between so we did what I had been looking forward to doing ever since I decided to go back to Paris. We bought baguettes, cheeses, fruits, meats, incredible macarons from the famous Laduree, and some local French wine and enjoyed a picnic on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower.
Basking in the sun with a spectacular view of the tower, we chatted for a few hours and had the most incredible, relaxing afternoon! I’ve always wanted to do this. Each time I’ve been in Paris before, it was go-go-go in a rush touring the city to see everything in a short amount of time. This felt like such an authentic Parisian experience!
That evening we had our tour of adorable Montmartre, and learned about all of the famous artists that have at one time or another called this place home. We saw spectacular sights and views of the city and had an overall great time seeing the cozy neighborhoods of this great part of the city!
The girls and I decided that we needed to go back later that night to see the Eiffel Tower in all her glory all lit up and sparkling, so we did just that!
We stayed viewing the tower from different angles and soaking it all up for an hour and a half, before we caught the subway back home around 1am completely wiped from a long but incredible day in Paris.
My time in this city seemed too short, almost, but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment in Paris! It was time for me to move on to a part of Europe which would be brand new to me… Scandinavia!