I was in two minds about my long weekend in Paris. I was super dooper excited for Disneyland, I mean, come on who wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t impressed by Paris sights last time I was here in August 2012, so I was unsure if this time would be different.
And mannn was I wrong.
Paris is AMAZING!!!!!
I think it has a lot to do with where you stay and what sights you choose to see. Last time I stayed in the ghetto and only focused on the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre, and a few other small things that were incorporated into a bicycle tour. Whereas this time, I stayed in a cute neighbourhood that wasn’t far from the centre of Paris (actually if I ever choose to live in Paris I’d definitely want to live in that neighbourhood) and I had planned to see all the things I’d failed to see last time.
It’s quite small for a Disneyland (I imagine, I can only compare to the one I’ve been to in Tokyo, but from pictures the US one is about 10 time bigger) but it has everything you need and would want.
Loads of fun rides. The highlight ride for me was Space Mountain, even though I felt super dizzy after and a little nauseous, it was still fun, and took my breath away with a huge adrenalin rush! And It’s a small world boat cruise never gets old. Hehe makes you feel like a little kid again.
And no trip to Disneyland is complete without witnessing a marriage proposal in front of Mickey Mouse!!! It was pretty cute, but totally cheesy.
We started the day with a visit to the Sacre Coeur, however on the walk up the hill we passed a few little market type shops, and of course I smelled out the chocolate shop. And what better way to start the day than with a massive cookie!!! Still have no idea how the French stay so thin, especially with all this yummy food around.
The view from the Sacre Coeur was amazing. You could pretty much see the entire skyline of Paris. The Sacre Coeur is situated on this huge ass hill, so climbing all those stairs after the cookie was a challenge. But the view made up for the lack of oxygen getting to my brain.
Okay so the highlight of the day in Paris was LUNCH!!! Hahah of course it was 😉 We sat at this cute little cafe that opened out onto the street so we could people watch, in true Parisian style. The cafe was on the river, not far from the Notre Dame (another highlight for me) and not only was it the location of this cafe that I liked, the food was very delicious too. It might have had something to do with the fact I had a few wines too, hehe.
I saw pretty much everything I wanted to see, (Arc De Triomphe , Eiffel Tower, Cite De L’Architecure) and after about 7 hours of walking around I was pretty pooped.
Paris is a fun city with lots of things happening. We watched a dude play the piano in the middle of the street, and guys using chalk to create street art, but I would recommend this (mum and dad, this bit is for you) don’t start your day too early in the morning, as you WILL get tired. Definitely take your time wandering around, it’s not a race (MUM), stop and sample teas and coffees in cafes, or the pastry selections, as this adds far more value to your trip than a pile of metal situated in a square called the Eiffel Tower.
We did a road trip from Brussels to Paris, and the beauty of taking your own car, means detours!!! On the way home we stopped in this cute little town called Amiens (pronounced um-yea, well thats what I called it, haha). Luckily for us, they had a massive flea market on. There were tons and tons of old collectibles, I don’t think I’ve ever seen soo many old antiques. And I’m sure there were things there worth more than all my possessions (which isn’t very much at the moment, haha but you get the point).
There is also a massive cathedral in Amiens, and is magnificent inside. It was definitely the best reason to take the detour. The cathedral’s over here (Europe in general) are soo amazing, they are soo old, and so well made, it blows my mind how old many of them are, and how they even were able to build them.
Not much else to report about Paris, other than it made a rather lasting second impression.
Peace out for now