Paris is a beautiful city. A little crowded underneath the Eiffel Tower, but still beautiful.
Last week, about 80 other people and I boarded a bus to Paris. I’ve never been on a bus/coach holiday before, but I must say that it’s really convenient to have someone pick you up at the end of the day to take you to your hotel. Just make sure not to miss the bus (like we almost did due to “miscommunication”). Our bus driver did have this tendency to change the time schedule once in a while and then he even changed his own schedule from time to time. That was a bit confusing, but the other passengers were unbelievably hilarious about it so, in the end, we could all crack jokes at the expense of the bus driver.
Our first stop was at the Eiffel tower! How cliché, I know. You can’t really miss it anyway. It doesn’t matter where you are, you will always see the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
From the Eiffel Tower we walked over to the Arc the Triomphe. I’ve never stood in the middle of the very busy traffic circle, so we decided to head over there. There’s a tunnel, guys! Some people were actually trying to cross the road. Don’t do that. It would be sad if you died during your trip to Paris.
I felt so small once I stood next to the Arc the Triomphe.
Our bus driver decided to have a tour around Paris in the evening. So we drove past the Eiffel Tower again, right before they lit it up. My night photography wouldn’t have done the tower justice so I didn’t take pictures during the light show. I decided to enjoy the moment and imprint it in my memory instead.
We were supposed to go see the Palace of Versailles on the next day, but then the bus driver decided to leave at 10 am instead of 9 am and he also decided to only give us an hour and a half at Versailles. Leaving later also meant that we wouldn’t have a lot of time left to roam around Paris once we got back from Versailles. That’s why a lot of us opted to stay in Paris instead of going to Versailles.
There was even some confusion whether you had to pay for the garden as well as for the palace of Versailles (FYI, admission to the garden is free). Some people didn’t want to spend their day waiting in line to get a ticket since we didn’t have a lot of time anyway. The ladies behind us were having a humorous discussion about paying for the garden.
Lady #1: “We have to pay to see some bushes?!”
Lady #2: “Beautifully cut bushes!”
Eventually they decided to go shopping in Paris and we decided to visit the Louvre Museum. It was a nice surprise to find out that we didn’t have to pay for a ticket because we’re university students. We skipped all the waiting lines, showed a lady our student card and were inside the museum in under 5 minutes.
The Louvre Museum is humongous, guys! You can take a holiday to the Louvre and spend a week there! We got lost a couple of times and we almost walked in circles. Eventually we figured out how the map worked and our search for the Mona Lisa began.
Don’t forget to look up when you’re walking along the huge corridors. In numerous places the ceiling is truly beautiful to look at.
Well, there she is. Save behind glass so nobody can sneeze on her. To be honest, I couldn’t really appreciate the work. Everyone around you is more focused on trying to take a picture than just stand there to look at the painting. So everyone is a little impatient and some people are pushing. And it’s hot since everyone is pressed together.
I had a little laugh about it with a guy standing before me and a woman behind me. We kinda helped each other to get to the front. That was nice. Everyone I met in Paris was super nice and friendly. It’s like Paris elevates the mood.
We did a little more sightseeing after our visit to the Louvre Museum. I’m the kind of person who likes to stay busy on a holiday.
On our last day in Paris we’ve also visited Montmartre. My feet were killing me at this point haha. I really have no idea how I made it to the The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, but I think the crepe shops near the Place du Tertre (the square full of street artists) were calling me.
You know, I really want to see a show at the Moulin Rouge someday.
We also found le mur des je t’aime (the I love you wall). I had to photograph “Ik hou van je” (Dutch) and “я тебя люблю” (Russian) for my two grandmas who can’t read (or speak) English but visit my blog to look at my pictures haha. I love them both very much. Let’s see if they get the message.
And I love everyone else who supports me and my blog. Thank you very much for reading!
THE PRINCESS RETURNS. Yes, I am referring to myself. Last time I went to Disneyland I was 8, so I haven’t been here in 14 years!!
Before I left for Paris, one of my cousins declared that Disney isn’t fun anymore. You know why? Because we grew up. We are too old for Disney.
You know what. I didn’t grow up.
I wanted to buy everything in every souvenir shop. I was super excited to see all the realms they created. I had to push away tears during the Disney Parade.
I do blame the song for that though (that’s my excuse). Oh come on…
Celebrating twenty years of joy and laughter
Memories you’ll keep long after
Sharing all the magic everywhere
Friends come from
Every corner of the world
To feel the magic
That is real
That’s so cheesy!
We had a magical time. The long waiting lines couldn’t even ruin our mood. Those were to be expected though. Children all around the world are enjoying their summer break, and they all want to visit Disneyland haha.
I wish I could have met Rapunzel and Flynn. They were having a lot of fun during the parade. Swinging, waving and singing. Oh no, wait. Flynn doesn’t sing. My bad.
We did see Merida, Alice and Cinderella. Cinderella was trying to get from one point of the park to another. It’s fun to see how children AND adults immediately flocked to her to take pictures. I think we all become a bit wonderstruck during a moment like that. Proves that somewhere deep inside we all might still believe in magic.
This summer was rather unforgettable. I did so many new and fun things. It’s almost time to head back to reality.
I start my Master’s program in a week. I’m excited and scared at the same time. Wish me luck and enjoy the rest of your summer.