Well that took a while, to open this blog and finish these damn posts. I have had some pretty lazy days after returning to Finland, as traveling is exhausting! I have been trying to get over those vacation-blues but I just want to go back already. That is why I have not felt like going trough all the pics. But here it is, my thoughts on Paris. Be ready to scroll - just a few pics ahead(as I have the worst memory ever so I wanted to make sure to remember how pretty this place is!)
My second day in Paris started off early and full off energy. I had a list of what to see during the day and I even made this little map for myself, you definitely won't get lost with this one lol :-D
|10 places done, four to go|
The plan was to be a full-on tourist and see all the must-haves, and it turned out to be a perfect tour around the city center. (I was out and about for the whole day so a huge shoutout to my Nike Roshe Runs!! Without them I would have not survived walking around for 12 hours and probably closer to 30 km. The perfect shoe for an active vacation for sure.) Even with the plan, I just went with the flow and explored the beautiful Paris as I wanted. And of course had some delicious coffee breaks every once in a while ;-)
|How could I not stop and get a little somethingsomething in here?|
|Place de la Concorde|
|École du Louvre|
|Pyramide du Louvre|
Right at my first sightseeing stop it started raining but not so much that I would have bothered to buy an umbrella. There were so many of those annoying sellers around the sightseeing places, pushing you to buy one and they just didn't want to believe I would survive without! Otherwise it was the perfect weather, not too hot with +19'C and some slight overcast.
|Ile de la Cité|
|Le Palais Royal|
|French art students having their class at Palais Royal|
Something more upsetting happened though. When I was perfecting my pics at the Tuileries Garden this woman came up to me asking if I speak english. Of course being a proper citizen, I was happy to help her. Or that is what I thought she wanted. She told me to write my name on this piece of paper and in the end of our conversation started to demand for money! At this point I kind of put together the pieces that this was not some charity thing but something I do not want to support, and also probably illegal. As she saw I had some cash with me, she got super angry I didn't want to give them to her. I got so mad and upset I actually went and believed her in the beginning!
|This street had some awesome menswear for sale, and some handsome people hanging around ;-)|
Troughout the day I took so many pictures, met some awesome people telling me all these cool stories behind the places and just took in all the beautifulness of Paris! I am obsessed with the architecture - everything was just so pretty I could not get my head around it. I must have looked like one of those Japanese tourists taking pics of even the apples in the supermarket(well i didn't but almost..). So no need to confirm the fact that I totally fell in love with Paris and am already craving for more!
|I just love these French buildings and their rooftop gardens!|
|Wouldn't mind living in these apartments either!|
I love traveling alone as you get to decide all everything by yourself; the schedule and so on. You don't have to compromise so go to some place you could not be bothered but your company wants to see/do/eat. Especially if you are going to spend only a couple of days in one city, it is so much easier and stress free, as a vacation should be! Also, I don't need ten people around me to enjoy my vacation and sometimes that just gets me annoyed as everyone wants to go to different places and I like to do my own thing. There was not one moment I would have felt unsafe or threatened during these four days, so all those rumours for Paris being dangerous/scary I can not confirm.
|Gorgeous windows - the north transept rose|
|This one taken from Ile Saint-Louis|
In the evening I finally made it to the Eifel tower which I had spotted many times during the day but only from far. It was the perfect timing as the sky was still somewhat clear to get good pics and a few moments later I got to see the lights being turned on. Even though it is probably the most touristy thing you can do in Paris, I did not want to miss it for any price. A total must see, even if you are trying to be all cool and only see the "undiscovered" Paris.
|Le Jardin du Luxembourg|
|Just your average University building - Université Paris IV Sorbonne|
|Universites de Paris - and some pretty cool looking students around here!|
At this point my feet started to be pretty tired already but I still had Arc de Triomphe and of course Champs-Élysées to see. On the way, there were all these restaurants crammed with people enjoying dinner and drinks, some of them scattered on the streets as the terrace was so full. That's just awesome! We don't have any kind of after-work culture here in Finland except maybe on Fridays for some people but I wouldn't mind it. (It is also totally against all the rules to take your alcoholic beverage outside the very precisely marked terrace area...)
|Finally - Tour Eiffel|
Champs-Élysées was of course very beautiful with all the lights and people but nothing too special to me, I prefer to do my shopping along the way/throughout the day in smaller boutiques.
Walking back to the apartment along Seine riverside I felt so unreal being there and seeing all what I had only dreamt before. I was very tired but at the same time extremely happy and grateful I have the chance to experience and travel the world.