I Dream of Paris

Paris

Paris

As an avid traveler we all have a dream destination. A bucket list of some sort that if asked if you can go anywhere in the world right now where would it be?  We would have an immediate answer. I have finally checked off my dream destination off my list after my recent trip to Paris. I have racked up lots of miles, partially due to my career choice but mostly due to my  passion to see the world. But as long as I have been traveling I still question why it took me so long to get to Paris? I can’t say I have an answer but I can say Paris did not disappoint. It was everything I imagined and more!

The Logistics : Last minute planning. I actually inserted myself in the plan when I found out my best friend had plans to go without me(smile)  for New Years!! Because of the time frame for purchasing the ticket, I did not get a deal but I figured hey its Paris why not splurge a little.

I flew Air France booked through priceline.com

I booked my hotel through hotwire.com  with hotel revealed after purchase and stayed at  Le Meridian Etoile for the first 3 Days.

The Trip:

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Good, Paris is a girl’s dream come true, from the fashion, to the food to the beautiful architecture.  It was such an amazing experience. The city was easy to navigate via the Metro. The Metro was very efficient and cheap vs taking a taxi that was more costly and often got stuck in traffic. The shopping was everything you can imagine, If you’re a New Yorker think fifth avenue on another level if your not a New York still imagine fifth avenue on another level . While I did not go to shop I was on a mission to see the vintage shops. Vintage shopping is amazing in Paris. I was only able to visit one store but well worth the trip. I spent New Years Eve at the Eiffel Tower and let me just say the moment the tower lit up at midnight was priceless and breath taking kind of  beautiful. I left Paris wishing I would have stayed longer.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

The Not so Good,  I went to Paris to celebrate New Years and it was extremely cold. Usually I fly south like the birds in the winter so I did have some challenges packing for a winter vacation. The language barrier was difficult at times but most Parisians were friendly and tried to meet you half way.. PARIS IS EXPENSIVE! I spent a lot on food but that may also be attributed to the fact that I didn’t really eat outside the tourist traps. There are ridiculous lines that are miles long to get in to any of the famous attractions so please do yourself a favor and buy your tickets or head of line passes online prior to going to Paris. Taking a Taxi was expensive and at times painful due to traffic and lastly Paris CDG airport was is a huge nightmare. It’s hard to navigate and no one who works there seems to know where anything really is.. so put on your walking shoes.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

There was No ugly! Overall I had an amazing time in Paris and absolutely will be heading back!

16 thoughts on “I Dream of Paris

    • maggiepea says:

      I’m not sure I’m replying in the right spot….Chic Traveler. I saw your blog on one of the “Help” pages for us bloggers 101 and clicked on it to see what you had done (you asked if others would take a look at your blog and leave a reply or helpful hints).
      So glad I came and looked. I loved your “travelogue” on the Santorini (sp?) but didn’t see a place to respond there. I thought you did an amazing job of recounting such an incredible experience. It makes me want to go, although, I think I will just walk up and down the hills!
      I have a blog on Natural Mineral Hot Springs you might like to check out. I think this one is under savvygrams.net and the blog is under Savvy Grams. Ahhh….I am quite frustrated. I see what I want in my mind’s eye but am so unfamiliar with how to make it turn into that. My blogs are probably rather crude, definitely show my inexperience at all this. I’m learning a few things each day though. Good luck with your blogging and I sincerely enjoyed reading and seeing the beautiful, pro-looking photos you posted.

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      • Lisa says:

        Thank you so much for taking the time to review my blog! Im happy that i was able to peek your interest. I will also check yours out as well! Again thanks for being a awesome fellow blogger!

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      • maggiepea says:

        Lisa: thanks for following my blog. I must admit, I’m a little ashamed to have anyone see it right now. I’m just learning how to do some things and it’s in quite an uproar state at the moment! I need to link some posts to pages through the use of categories and just learned how to do a slide show, I want on a few of the posts.
        One post I feel good about is the poem “Let me live in a house by the side of the road” and one highlighting our family reunion; camping out at San Clemente State Beach Park. It’s on my “favorite Things” blog “California Dreaming.”
        I was impressed with your photos from your first blog, one very interesting one with a mixture of 4 photos coming together with different angles.
        Sorry for the long reply!
        Good luck on your future blogs, I love this medium!

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  1. swimlittlesquid says:

    Your advice definitely corresponds to my own experiences of Paris. Especially the booking ahead bit. I took a walk by the Eiffel tower on the 31 December, and the poor people queuing must have stood there for at least two hours. Ugh!

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  2. lanzarote villas says:

    Lucky you not have been disappointed in your dream.
    Not as Paris could disappoint anyone. I ablolutely in love with the city.
    I wish I could live there only if french would be a
    bit more welcoming language and french people a bit more forgiving with people
    limted abilities to speak french.

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