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