Paris, to Love or not to Love…
I once had a Jack Russel Terrier called Paris, I brought her out of my student loans instead of books for my Advertising degree, well worth the investment, I bred her, played ‘dog baseball’ with her and then had to give her up because my landlord said ‘N0 Dogs’ (even though I hid her for 3 years) I adored Paris. The real Paris in France however…. Not so much!
I’ve been to a few European cities; Frankfurt & Dusseldorf in Germany, Warsaw & Krakow in Poland (my country!) Moscow in Russia and Brussels in Belgium, I just however didn’t get that ‘happy feeling’ with Paris, besides it was really dirty. A lot of others have commented on the exact same things as I had felt and experienced, so I knew it wasn’t just me being OTT, I’ve been to Lima in Peru, and that’s a palace compared to Paris, however the Eiffel Tower is stunning and makes up for Paris being so overrated.
The subways are really neglected, It’s like walking through abandoned, horror movie tunnels except with a ton of people running around like headless chickens, at that point I remember saying just how much I loved our Underground back home in London! Now I know why I barely saw any children on trains, you’d want to protect them from this grimy place.
There was this really strong smell of sewage, you could smell it more in some stations then others and at times it was quite overwhelming, there was leaking water and I doubt it was from rain as there wasn’t any for a week or so and it was running deep underground..
We took the train from Disneyland to Paris centre to see the Eiffel tower one afternoon, we were pretty hungry so we stopped by that restaurant right on the corner by the station just after you’ve seen the first glance of the Eiffel tower, everyone goes there apparently..
I ordered a pizza and fries for me and Josh, the pizza wasn’t really nice and everything was so dusty, the sun was setting which magnified the dust even more! The staff are really arrogant, why work there if your not happy with your job? Why ooze the negativity towards others! Came to paying the bill, which I had to practically beg for, I wonder how much money they’ve lost with people just getting fed up and walking out, they weren’t busy, when the waiter came with the bill I handed him the money in his hand, what did he do with my change, he walked past me and left it at the bar! What! We fled from that awful place right around the corner to see the Eiffel tower, Joshua was more stoked then I was!
Seeing the Eiffel tower at first was like wow, the colour is really nice and all the fine details in the infrastructure really stood out, which is something you don’t usually get to see in photos, I tried to capture pictures that show a true representation of the beautiful colour and fine detailing. The brown/orange colour was more enhanced due to the sun setting.
Joshua was thrilled with seeing the Eiffel tower, he started jumping around saying ‘It’s so Big” he kept hugging and thanking me for bringing him to see it, it was So worth it just to see how happy and excited he was. He’s a lucky boy!
It was such a perfect day to visit the Eiffel tower, the weather was insanely clear and mild, which is great considering it was the 1st week of September.
I think we all know how much fun Joshua had seeing the Eiffel tower, that smile!
My brand new bluetooth selfie stick from Currys decided to not work which was the biggest pain of the whole trip, I was so glad to see lots of people selling the usual touristy junk which included selfie sticks and cute Eiffel tower key rings, we met one guy who was so kind, he let me buy the stick for 5’Euros, It worked perfectly during our whole trip, I thanked him so much.
We hopped back on the subway to see the Louvre at night. The trains were double deckers which are not unusual to find in any European city, Joshua however being a 7 year old found it quite astounding.
The vending machines worked really well, we managed to eat another undiscovered flavour of Snickers bar, it was made of super dark chocolate, we don’t get those at home, last time we had found an Almond peanut Snickers bar in Lima airport on the way to catch our flight to Iquitos from Jorge Chávez. I’m hoping to find a Pistachio one next 😉
We didn’t have the time to go to the museum and look around, we came to Paris for Disneyland so we plan to return again in the future when Joshua is little older so we can appreciate the works of art more.
On another day we hopped on the train the St Michel to see the famous Notre Dame. It was nice to see, a little boring compare to Machu Picchu or Petra in Jordan.
Train tickets in Paris are quite expensive! you even have to buy tickets for children, I paid 30 euros for a rail pass for the both of us for 1 day, felt like a waste. I won’t complain anymore about the cost of London’s Underground, it’s cheaper and so much nicer. I was really expecting Paris to be nice like London, hugely disappointed but LOVED Disneyland!
Buzz Lightyear the photo Bomber!