Trip to Paris: Day One

Can you believe that, for eight years, I hadn’t been on a holiday abroad until August this year. I made lots of plans, but those plans fell apart because someone or the other didn’t/couldn’t save up enough. But this year I was determined to go on a holiday, and I thought a good place to start would be Paris!

I booked tickets for me, my mum and my sister, and a week and a half later, our offer for a new house was accepted and we had to begin the moving process! I can’t tell you how hectic and chaotic August was, but we’ve finally moved in, been to Paris and, now, I can finally resume blogging again – it simply was too stressful to properly blog while we were still in the process of moving, so I just took a break… without informing my followers. I thought it would be great to ease myself back into the blogosphere by starting with a lighter post, so Paris it is!

First things first, we arrived late to Euston station, so I had to fork extra money to book tickets for the next departure. I was fuming because I told my mum that we needed to leave earlier, but homegirl took her time getting ready. *sigh* Moving on, after that, getting through British security was pretty straightforward and we finally got on the Eurostar. I busied myself with reading ‘A History of Britain in 21 Women’ by Jenni Murray which I had been really enjoying, but had to stop reading after I came back from Paris because I sent my physical books to the new house and had to read strictly eBooks. So far, I would definitely recommend the book if you’re looking for an inspiring, yet light read!

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Our uncle, who lives in Paris (convenient!) picked us up from Gare du Nord station and we headed to the hotel. After we had left our luggage in our hotel room, we wandered around the 10th and 3rd arrondissement. We visited Place de la Republique, a busy and bustling area with a lively atmosphere, and took a lot of pictures in front of statues with my family! There was live dancing and I convinced my sister to come and dance with me. I think this was my favourite moment in Paris! It was interesting to see what I like doing during a holiday and it’s clear that I prefer being in an upbeat and loud environment just letting loose and having fun. And that I’m basically not fancy either. I think this goes back to my need for physical stimulation that I discussed in another post!

 

Next, we ate at Buffalo Grill as we all felt we all needed some good junk food in our system. I decided to try the quesadillas which came with nachos whereas my mum, sister and uncle went for burgers and chips, and our table received complimentary bread. Speaking of bread, I love, love, love French bread. I feel like ‘le pain’ should come as an accompaniment to every main course.

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Having ate, we walked back to the hotel as it was time to shower and then sleep, and oh my God, my mattress was so comfortable. I felt as though I was literally sinking into the depths of heaven that the next day I was struggling to motivate myself to get out of bed. This gave me another idea that for any upcoming holidays, I need to plan one where all I do is sunbathe and sleep on the beach in tropical weather. I’m putting that out in the universe, manifest!

And that was day one! Or shall I call it the first night?


Some questions for you, reader: which countries have you been to that are lively, exciting and busy? (Get recommending!) Do you prefer quiet or lively places? If you’ve been to Paris, what are some of your favourite things to do there? What are the best places to visit in France, generally? Where are you planning to go on holiday next? Let me know in the comments!

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16 Comments

  1. Omg I hope u have an amazing time in Paris and enjoy it xo

    It’s good to read ur posts it’s been a while 😊
    I hope you had a great summer holiday.

    About the French Bread… I would pay for a plane ticket every day just to go to France and get their fresh bread, IT IS HEAVENLY!!!!

    If you find yourself anywhere near there, Belguim is a really cool country to visit as well, if you’re interested in history especially WWI you’ll find a lot of the old battle fields and camps there. You can find a couple in France as well but I’m not sure where to be honest.

    Enjoy your time in Paris xxx

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    1. I had a lovely time, thank you! ☺️

      I know I’ve been away but, ah, so much going on! Hope yours has been great and that the new school year is treating you well!

      YES! You would never think that bread could taste so good, I could literally eat it by itself. 😔

      Belgium is now on the list, thanks for the recommendation! 😊 I had no idea about the battlefields and camps (I should know more, I studied history). Amsterdam and the Anne Frank House is a must on the list too!

      Thank you 🌟

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      1. Amazing that u had a good time 😊
        If you do end up going to Belguim the chocolate is to die for

        Alhamduallah, school hasn’t been so bad but it’s school at the end of the day… I just wish we had nap time… 😂

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        1. Aw, thank you 🌟. I love Belgian chocolate, my sister went a few years ago and brought back a lot of chocolate!

          Pahahah, omg, nap time should be for all levels and not just for nursery! We should all have one hour allotted to napping. 😂

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  2. I have never left the states. My cousins live in Luxembourg and my collage roommate is in Belgium. But its a little different for me. The US is kinda like a collection of small countries that all follow similar laws. & yet there’s major cultural differences between West Virginia and New York or Detroit.

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    1. Nice to know that I’m not the only one who’s not so travelled, but I think yours takes the cake. There’s another comment on my Paris trip, from Crystal Girl, who recommended Belgium. I see where you’re coming from, I think as a Londoner I’d be more likely to visit New York because as a melting pot, its values and ways would be more similar to mine. Though I’m sure, like every city, there are those who breach those values.

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      1. I’m really uncomfortable in urban settings. By NYC standards even West Virginia’s capital city of Charleston is small. But, rural communities tend to be tight knit. When I was a kid it was common for the church youth group to go to the homes of the elderly in our area and do the work that they couldn’t do for themselves. Yes, some people are distrustful of outsiders but once you’ve been accepted you’re treated like family.

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        1. That’s so lovely to hear, young people engaging with the elderly community. I worked as a practitioner once and helped young people to engage with service users of an elderly day care centre, it was wonderful seeing how well they interacted with elderly people with dementia.

          In terms of outsiders, would this be just generally outsiders or could this sometimes be a race matter? Forgive me if I’m wrong, I’m only operating on very surface-level knowledge, so I apologise if I’m causing any offence.

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          1. No offense taken at all. That’s how we learn.
            Well, if you believe the mainstream media they’re not going to tell you anything more than what they need to sell a story.
            Like all parts of the world there’s always going to be pockets of racism. That’s just human nature. But the vast majority of people in West Virginia are pretty accepting of different races. Most are more concerned about politics and culture more than race. We coexist with other cultures pretty well but if it’ll perceived that the local culture is being squeezed out then the more traditional folks get offended. After the civil war many of the African Americans found a safe haven in West Virginia. We’re predominantly Christian and as such we believe that all races are descended from Adam and later Noah. To be a racist one has to believe in evolution and evolution is directly opposed to the Christian faith.
            I hope my rambling reply isn’t confusing. Mostly we have a live and let live outlook on these things.
            Never be worried about asking me anything. 😊

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