When we married, we had no money for a honeymoon. Now we are 4 years into the marriage and I got my first tax return which I was able to claim for 3 years in one go. So I can finally afford this honeymoon!
And of course, why not, it is Paris.
Didn’t exactly start out great because the plane that were going to take originally had some serious technical problems. And they tried to fix it for two hours until they decided to put us on another plane and finally lift off.
So we were in Paris 2 hours late at about midnight and it took us another hour to get to the hotel. The hotel looked closed and we had to ring about four times until someone came to let us in. After all, I paid the night, I wanted to go there and sleep.
Today we had our first day in Paris and although we did not catch nearly enough sleep, it was great.
Most of my life I have lived in big cities that partially live off tourism so I know how you can lose sight of how beautiful the place is you live in.
But Paris is next-level-beautiful. No matter where you go, you turn around a corner and have another “WOW” moment. Even in residential areas. The houses, the churches, clocks, street lanterns, tiny parks and flower beds, etc. It is so beautiful everywhere.
We took the Metro into the city. And the Metro is another thing that was super interesting. You get those tiny tickets that you put into a machine and it comes out again. You take your ticket and go through a barrier and a doorthing.
Finding connections is very easy though. You just check out where you want to go in advance and you will find the stop where you need to get off really quickly. Even when you have to swap trains multiple times, they go so frequent and the signage is so clear, it is unbelievable what a great system this is. I have seen great subway systems believe me but the Metro so far tops it all. You cannot get confused or lost. It is really well thought out and executed.
The people also seem to be mainly very respectful towards each other. I haven’t seen much ugliness. Sure there was this guy who smoked one joint after the other on the Metro out of the window. There were the normal occasional acts of vandalism that you see like people scribbling their initials on walls or something. But nothing that really stands out and that is something.
Anyway, here are a few photos to give you a taste.
We got off the Metro somewhere close to river Seinne. And the area looked residential. I loved the ornaments on the buildings and some of the doors were impressive too.
After that we decided to walk down the Champs Elysee. So to get there we had to walk along the river Seinne for a while
and we came across an art museum that had free entry!
We walked down the Champs Elysee and ended up at the Arc de Triumph. That is when we turned around to walk down towards the Louvre. I am skipping the Arc de Triumph pictures because they just didn’t turn out well. But on the way back down and towards Louvre we found a few nice places. The two highlights were a very old Restaurant where we had lunch. It was away from the tourists, mainly catering towards locals. The restaurant is almost 100 years old and had very old cutlery that looked handmade. We also found a very nice park where a lot of people went to rest. It had a great fountain.
In the end we saw the Louvre and Notre Dame from the outside. Louvre was closed and the queue at Notre Dame was ridiculously long. As we were tired and our feet were killing us we decided to go back to the hotel at that point.
This was Louvre
This was Notre Dame. And yes at times I prefer to make photos off the main attraction because in this case the little towers etc were really nice…