It was about time that I made my way to the city of love, Paris. I arrived on Thursday night in order to ensure that I would have enough time to see all of the important sites in Paris and to have a full day on Friday. Upon our arrival, we immediately checked into our hotel which was conveniently located right off of Grand Boulevards, near the Opera. As I have a friend from Paris, I asked him for some advice on sites to see and restaurants to go to. Due to this, Alyssa and I made our way to one of his recommended restaurants, L’Entrecote. We took the metro here because the metro is extremely easy to navigate in Paris and we used this to travel everywhere across the city. When we arrived at the restaurant, we observed a huge line out the door of the restaurant. We had no idea why this was so but we soon realized that this was the wait for the restaurant…great! There was a huge “que”, as they say, outside of the restaurant and we qued for about 40 minutes before we were seated. Boy am I glad that we waited! We indulged in one of the best meals that I have had in Europe so far consisting of steak, frites and a salad.
On Friday morning, it was time to see what the city of Paris had to offer. We woke up early and went straight to The Louvre in order to see the Mona Lisa. I was in shock upon seeing the Mona Lisa in person. Not only is it so famous but it was extremely small, much to my surprise.
We went to a famous place called L’As du Fallafel and had an amazing pita filled with falafel, hummus, tzatziki sauce, cucumber and radish and it was so delicious. Since Le Marais is also known for its great boutiques and shopping, we spent most of the rest of the afternoon shopping around and enjoying Parisian boutiques. I ended up completely satisfied with all of my purchases and was exhausted from all of this! Because of this, Alyssa and I decided to go for a more casual dinner filled with Escargot and Crepes and went to sleep on the earlier side.
When I woke up on Saturday, I was so upset. I become obsessed and in love with the city of love and did not want to leave. This was one of the first times since studying abroad that I was in a city that I never wanted to leave. Saturday was filled with major tourist attractions including both the Eiffel Tower and climbing the Arc de Triomphe. Let me just tell you that climbing the Arc d’Triomphe was so exhausting and if you are planning on doing this, be prepared for the 1000 steps on a winding staircase. Also, bring water! After these major attractions, we headed over to Laduree on Champs-Elysees. Here we indulged in unreal croissants and macaroons that I am still dreaming about.
I now understand why Paris is now called the city of love because 1. you will fall in love with the city right away and 2. of of course, it is extremely romantic. If you have the chance, Paris is a must-see. Make sure that you have enough time there to see all of the famous sites as I was upset that I was unable to go to Versailles. Also, make sure you try all of the French cuisine you can because it is truly amazing and authentic and there is no better place to try it than Paris itself.