C'est Paris!9:00 AM
Paris?! Who said paris?! Our friends, rara, have a round trip to paris. Remember, before, she tell us about her germany, now she has a change to share her story while having a nice holiday at paris.
Hi awesome people!
I was told that so many people have shared my Cologne post so… thank you! Keep the positive vibes going J and this time I’m going to share my first trip out of Germany. Some call it the city of light; others call it the city of love. Any guess? No? Alright I’m gonna say it now, c’est Paris!
I went there on spring break in 2014, so it’s almost exactly one year ago. Because I had no experience traveling alone, I booked a round trip to Paris for one (accommodation included). Which I later regret because when you travel with travel agents, you end up paying a lot more than you should have L My tips: go find a community (students, au-pairs, etc.) that holds holiday trips regularly with very affordable price. Waaaay cheaper than booking a trip with a travel agent! In total, I spent about 250 € (maybe more?) for a 3-days-2-nights trip with one night in a budget hotel. When you travel with student group, you can save up to 50-60 €.
During my stay in Paris, I visited some popular tourist attractions but also the less popular destinations/neighborhood, but still definitely worth the time and effort. There was an incident on my first night; I was on my way getting back to the hotel. It was already 10pm and I had to wait almost an hour to catch the bus to my hotel. It was 10.50pm as I sat sleepily on the bus and missed 2 stations! Thankfully I saw a French lady and asked her the way to the hotel and she kindly escorted me to the right station where I should’ve gotten off. Phew!
Paris Metro is the best way of transportation; as long as you’ve got a map of Metro lines in your hand then you’re good to go! My tips when you’re traveling solo: Be confident, stay alert of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to ask! There’s a post of this on my blog (link down below) if you want to see more photos in Paris :D
Sacré Cœur Basilica'
This beautiful basilica is located in Montmartre, near the Moulin Rouge district in Paris’ 18th Arrondissement. You can also take a look at Paris from a height when you climb the stairs to the front part of the basilica.
The symbol of the nation, Eiffel Tower is probably one of the busiest tourist attractions in the world. I honestly didn’t spend much time adoring this tower because of the amount of people in this place. But at least I got to take a photo in front of the Eiffel :p oh and PS: beware of thieves, pick pocketing, and other touristic traps that force you to lose some money.
Avenue des Champs-Elysées & Arc de Triomphe
I love walking through this avenue while listening to French songs. It’s full of high-end boutiques and cafés but you can definitely just take a stroll, do some sight-seeing and eat a honey crepe or two. This 1.9 km long boulevard is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a victory monument very similar to the one at Simpang Lima Gumul, Kediri haha
Montmartre and Batignolles
If you’re looking for a less crowded place, these neigborhoods might be it. Montmartre is an artsy and lively neighborhood where you can find local and friendly French restaurants and art shops. It’s totally beautiful at night, as you can see the famous Eiffel Tower shining and sparkling from far away. Famous artists like Picasso, Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Salvador Dali had studios or worked in the area.
Batignolles is more of a mix of artsy, boho, peaceful and quiet neighborhood. They open an organic farmer’s market every Saturday morning. Loved it!
Musée du Louvre
This was not in the itinerary with the travel agent, so I decided to spend my free time finding out how to get to the Louvre. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code so I knew I had to go to this place and see it for myself. I didn’t go in the museum because I was sure there wouldn’t be enough time to explore it just in the afternoon so I just kind of walked around the front part, bought myself a croissant and did some people watching.
This chateau is sooooo beautiful. Basically the whole area of Versailles is beautiful. And charming. And lovely. And posh. OK I need to stop. So Versailles is actually not a part of Paris, it’s located just outside Paris with really pretty neighborhood. I’m not so sure but I think the palace was used in the film Marie Antoinette. If you have a residence permit in the EU or you’re under 26, you don’t have to pay for the ticket in the palace. But you still have to pay if you want to go to the garden, which is a massive one.
Tour de Seine
This was actually one of the few perks traveling with travel agent. You don’t have to stand in a long queue to buy the ticket of the boat tour on River Seine. But you still don’t have to do this if you’re not really up to it. The tour was dark and chilly and windy to be honest haha (as I did it in spring). You get the explanations of historical buildings along the Seine in probably 10 different languages and not even one of them was in German (that was pretty offensive, I mean, they even had the ones in Thai or even Korean) :/ so yeah, this tour is actually not that obligatory but everyone can definitely try.
So, those are the places that I visited during my short stay in Paris. I would love to come back and do more exploring in Paris one day or maybe in other beautiful cities in France. Hopefully this post can inspire you to explore more, try more, and be more fearless. This was not meant to show off or anything, I just want you to know that even your wildest dreams come true if you are determined enough to achieve it! There’s still more travel posts to come if you guys like it J
Zafira Nur Shabrina
Rara. 19. Adventure craver, yoga doer and wellness seeker. Live the now, nourish your body, and be content with your natural beauty.