So I’ve abandoned this page again. I don’t have any excuses but I’m back with some goodies, enjoy. So what in the world have I been doing if I haven’t been updating my blog? Other than herding children I’ve been dominating the bicycle paths of Holland (more on that later) and having one fantastic summer holiday.
Part one of my holiday consisted of a week in Paris. Paris was always one of those places I wanted to go, but never really thought I would actually get there. Its almost like I didn’t believe it was real, like a place that only existed in books and films. When all the details were figured out I was looking forward to the trip, like a child looks forward to christmas. There were big expectations and Paris exceeded all of them.
To stay for a week in Paris would be a pretty pricey trip, but luckily my totally awesome host-mom helped me out. She connected me with a family in the city and they allowed me to stay in their house in return for a couple hours of babysitting each day. My Paris-host-family was great. They gave me plenty of time to see the sights, helped me find places, and were in a great location(Walking distance from the eiffel tower), not to mention the kids were hilarious.
I did all the basics of a tourist trip to Paris. I took in the basic tourist sights: Arc de Triomphe, The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Sacré Coeur, Hotel de Ville. Pretended to shop at crazy expensive department stores. Saw the museums: The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Georges Pompidou. And being the musuem nerd that I am, there are still many museums that I still want to go to. There’s just so much its hard to fit it all in. However my favorite thing to do was just stroll through various neighborhoods finding bakeries and vintage shops.
As a bonus I was in Paris for the finale or Tour de France. On the Sunday afternoon I strolled down to the Champs-Élysées and watched a bunch of guys in spandex ride their bicylces. It was awesome, there was so many and they went so fast, I had trouble focusing my eyes when they went by. I pretty much just took photos
I had a few foods on my Paris bucket list, baguette, meringues, crepes, cheese, and croissants. I know there’s much more to french cuisine but my budget was on the smaller side, so I decided to stick to the basics.
I didn’t want to love Paris, that’s too stereotypical, all girls like Paris. But I did fall in love, I just couldn’t help it. Hopefully I’ll be back again sometime.