Our first European stop was Paris. Both my mom and my brother’s girlfriend Emily met us there the same day we arrived. And just like every tourist, our first stop was the Eiffel Tower and the Arch Di Triumph, I was the only one who had been before. I am pretty sure we walked about thirty plus miles the four days that we were there. I made the awful mistake of wearing sandals that had a little heel on them and my feet HATED me. In fact, they hated me so much that I had blisters on the bottoms of my heels so I couldn’t avoid them whatsoever. Of course that happened to be the day we walked the most. And also my first full day in Paris, so I had the joy of hating my feet for the rest of the time. And the thing is that my shoes were perfectly comfortable, and I didn’t really feel them until evening, after a full day of walking. So of course the next day was absolutely miserable. When I woke up i felt like i couldn’t walk whatsoever! I had to soak them in the bath for 15 minutes before I could even stand. So I recommend not wearing any type of heel, no matter how much it goes with your outfit! haha it is so not worth it.
BUT - Paris was just as beautiful as I remembered. The best part is that everywhere you go is extravagant. The sun doesn’t set until close to ten - that gives you so much daylight to see all the attractions. Like i said above, the first night we just walked around the arch and the eiffel tower, and the second day we walked everywhereeeee! We met some friends that spent the day exploring with us as well. We went to the Louve, Notre Dame cathedral, and Sacre - which I definitely recommend if you ever make it to Paris. It is the most beautiful view on top of the hill overlooking the entire city. and the church is the prettiest one in Paris, and that is saying a lot. I couldn’t even imagine that being my home Parish. Europeans really lucked out - they get to celebrate mass every Sunday in some of the most extravagant churches in the world. They also had live music playing on the steps where everyone sat while looking at the view - we even saw a proposal happen right in front of us!
We attempted to go out that night but got a bit lost, and the trains stopped running pretty early, so we got stranded and had to walk - right through the moulin Rouge! Which sounds cool, but what people don’t realize is that at 2 am it is a bit dirty and filled with strip clubs. Mikey kept yelling at people catcalling us. The next day I had such at the Peninsula Paris - see my review here! Then we went back up to Sacre again and explored all around there. We probably ate salami, cheese, baguettes, and fruit for every meal - and gelato.
Aside from my blisters, Paris was absolutely amazing! I even got to put into practice the little bit of french I learned before I left. My ultimate goal is to be able to attend Paris Fashion week one time - hopefully one day!
Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially.