‘You never forget your first trip to PARIS’MICHAEL KORS
What travel destinations have made it on your Bucket List? . Ever since I was little. I think it was because of the movie Aristocats. I have always had an obsession with Paris. The city of lights. As part of this journey I believe its important to share both your highs and your lows. Visiting Paris was definitely a high from 2018.
My plan was to eat Macaroons on the top of the Eiffel Tower on my birthday. I wasn’t able to make that exact dream come true but this year after lot of praying, wishing and planning I was able to tick Paris off my bucket list.
Paris on a budget
First things first accommodation. I stayed at the Generator Hostel in Place du Colonel Fabien. It was fairly close to the metro as well as was located right next to Gare du Nord. Generator is a great choice while travelling and if you book early enough you can get a great student discount. The Generator Hostel in Stockholm is also great.
Paris Walking Tour
For my three day trip I wanted to see see as many tourist landmarks as I could. I signed up for a SANDEMANs NEW Paris Walking Tour.
The 10 a.m. group began the walking tour at fontaine St. Michel.
The tour took us around Paris and took about three hours. We visited most of the notable landmarks and heard a little history from our Tour Guide Emma. As this was a bucket list trip for me I was interested in seeing as many famous landmarks as I could.
Île de la Cité
My favourite part of the tour was Île de la Cité. The Île de la Cité is one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris. It is the centre of Paris and the location where the medieval city was refounded.
The Padlock bridge: Pont des Arts. For any Parisian fans this is a staple. You write your name and that of your beloved and lock it to a part of the bridge. But because of the weight of all the padlocks parts of the bridge began to collapse. Now the locks have been removed and it has been made illegal to add padlocks. The picture is of a few lucky survivors.
The last part of the tour was a walk to Place de la Concorde through the Tuileries Garden.
Due to the length of the tour it did not include Tour Eiffel. As the #1 reason I came to Paris was the Eiffel Tower, I decided to google maps and walk there myself.
On the way I came across some beautiful sites and architecture.
One of the funniest moments I had was when I hadn’t realized that I’d reached the Eiffel Tower. I was busy on google maps and then looked up and this is what I saw. Hidden between two buildings..
The best part of the WHOLE TRIP was seeing Tour Eiffel. I admit I’m a little obsessed and even dressed in black and white stripes and a bold red lip ready to take pictures at my #1 dream landmark.
The ticket line for the stairs and the lift to the top were too long and I’d already been walking for 5+ hours. So I settled for pictures at the bottom.
Bucket List: Paris
I literally spent two hours just sitting and staring at the Tower. I thought about my dreams, my goals, my aspirations. How good GOD has been and how my #1 bucket list destination has been ticked off.
During the tour they had a discount for various activities and I chose the Seine boat tour of Paris which took one hour.
On the boat tour I got to see other sites from a different view from the river as well as travel down and see how Paris was built around waterways.
That’s it for part I of my bucket list: Paris blogpost. In part II i’ll cover some more of Tour Eiffel and other parts of paris.
From Anitaglam with love!