Europe: Paris Day 1

We left Rome early in the morning for a flight out to Paris. There’s a special train that takes you to the Fiumicino airport but it took us a while to figure out which ticket at the station we needed to buy. A smart business-minded Roman set himself up to look for confused “out-of-towners” and be of assistance when they obviously struggled to find the right ticket to purchase. He helped us, seeing as we were standing at the kiosk for a while, pointed to the proper platform, and then promptly asked us for money for helping us. We actually didn’t mind this person asking us for money because he performed a service and we got where we needed to go on time.  🙂

Arriving in Paris at the Orly airport, we made our way through the metro system from the airport to our flat we rented through airbnb, which took a lot of time. As you may remember, we also rented an apartment in Rome through airbnb, but that was just a room inside someones current residence. This Paris flat we had all to ourselves, and we were excited to get settled in and not have to worry about bothering anyone on our way in and out.  Sharing an apartment was fine, but it’s always nice to have your own privacy too on these kind of trips.

Note: all the walking we did to get from our apartment in Rome to our apartment in Paris would have been miserable if it weren’t for the fact that we both had just one carry-on bag each (aka small and light).

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The awesome thing about this flat was that it was totally affordable, the windows looked out to a courtyard which was quiet and free of street noise, and it had a kitchen where we could finally cook something. I know normally on vacation we’re all about the eating out, but I just wanted some “normal food” like scrambled eggs and toast that didn’t cost me $15. So we ran to the nearest market down the street and bought groceries. It was kinda fun looking through the food and seeing what a parisian grocery store looks like.  We basically bought a bunch of bread items and some eggs, milk, and fruit.  Then we cooked up some food (grilled cheese), and took a much needed nap. I know, we are adventurous travelers.

By the time all that was done, it was early afternoon and we went out to wander the streets. When we were planning our itineraries we usually didn’t plan much on travel days, just in case we were too tired or were delayed. Our itinerary for that day was really simple: Walk from our apartment down the Champs Élyseés to the Jardin des Tuileries, and get to know the layout of our side of the city.

This was the view right outside our flatDSC_0339 DSC_0658 The Arc De Triomphe is right near where the Champs Élyseés begins. You can buy tickets to get to the top, but we chose to skip that.   DSC_0659We walked from the Champs to the Jardin Des Tuileries. After relaxing next the fountain for a while, we walked through the beautiful gardens.  It was nice not having to be anywhere at a specific time which gave us the freedom to do what we wanted when we wanted this particular afternoon. (I suggest planning these kinds of  “un-planned” chunks of time on a longer trip :))
DSC_0363 DSC_0364 DSC_0359DSC_0419DSC_0378 DSC_0382 DSC_0405DSC_0398 DSC_0422 This was our first actual sighting of the Eiffel Tower peeking through the trees.DSC_0425 The Jardin Des Tuileries ends at the Louvre (where we would be going the next day). Here we are standing in front of the Arc Du Carrousel.DSC_0432 DSC_0461 From there we walked to the River Seine to get a glimpse of the beautiful sunset over the river.DSC_0573 DSC_0593DSC_0591We spent some time walking along the river and over interesting bridges.DSC_0548 DSC_0549

We took in some more sights and architecture before the sun finally went down.DSC_0475 DSC_0485DSC_0626and then made our way back to the Champs where we were going to find a nice place to eat dinner, but truth be told, we settled for McDonald’s. That’s right, our first night in Paris and we ate at McDonald’s.  That was actually the first time I had eaten there in so many years I had lost track, but the real reason was because there was a wait everywhere, and I was really craving some salty french fries. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Europe: Paris Day 1

    • It does doesn’t it! 🙂 I suggest to everyone to try and search for places to stay through airbnb because a lot of times you can find a bigger space with more amenities for less money. Not that it’s really necessary to have a lot of room when traveling, but it is nice isn’t it? 🙂 The location may be a little inconvenient but if you’re flexible it’s a good deal.

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  2. Loving your blog! I’m using your trip as a guide for planning our trip in October! Do your remember the name of this flat on airbnb? I love using airbnb and good recommendations are never passed up. Thanks in advance!

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