We Vacation in France

I have to be honest this trip was not planned at ALL! A couple of before my mom sent me a texting asking if I wanted to go to Paris. I was like Hell Yeah…Well, I’m sure I didn’t say hell, but I wanted to (lol)! During our stay in Paris we stayed in a small hotel located in the 15th Arrondissement. The neighborhood reminded me of SoHo in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The hotel was walking distance from restaurants, the metro, and it was just a 20 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and Tour Montparnasse. The location was perfect, but the room was really small. Probably big enough for me and my luggage.

IMG_2752Our first night in the City of Lights was spent listening to live music on the street just steps away from our hotel. If you know me, you know that I’m a music lover. We arrived in Paris during the perfect time. I got to experience Fete de la Musique, the annual Parisian music festival. There were free concerts throughout the city. We came across a band called, The Standard Bianca. Their sound was a mix of jazz and neo soul. I promise I could listen to them all night! After window shopping and listening to some amazing MUSIC we went to visit the Eiffel Tower. The area was crowded with tourists lined up to see the Eiffel Tower. At night the tower is lit with some amazing light. It was absolutely beautiful.

The next morning we hopped on the tour bus and took a tour of the city. I fell in love with the culture and the architecture. I was in awe! Our first stop was the Norte Dome de Paris Cathedral. We visited while service was going on. The line was pretty long, but it was worth the wait. I’ve never seen something so beautiful in my LIFE! Pictures do not do it justice. Great architecture with lots of history. We ended day two with a wonderful evening of entertainment at the Moulin Rouge. We had FRONT ROW SEATS! I will never forget this night. If you ever go to Paris, this is a must see. It was a great show. The show consists of dancing, singing, comedy, and a woman swimming with snakes. It was a great show. And you get your own bottle of champagne not glass, but your own BOTTLE, lol!!!

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We woke up the next morning and hopped on the tour bus to visit some more museums. We visited the Lourve Museum. This museum was HUGE! We were able to tour the entire museum, but I made sure I saw Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, and the Amor and Psyche sculptures. We visited a couple more museums, but my favorite was the Seydou Keita exhibit that was held at the Grand Palais. This exhibit showed the work of one the greatest portrait photographers from Bamako, Mali. If you have time, goggle him.

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We ended our tour by climbing 286 stairs to get to the top of the Arch of Triumph. I will never do that again. My legs were killing me! Once I got to the top, I was able to view the entire city of Paris.The rest of our trip consisted of shopping and drinking beer in the park. I can say I had my first beer in Paris! We had plans to travel to London, but due to the Brexit we were advised it wasn’t safe. Well, I can check Paris off my buck list!! We VACATIONED in Paris, the city of LOVE & LIGHT!!

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Here are a couple of tips if you plan to travel to Paris, France

  • Pack light. It cost $140 to check in two bags. Next time I will only pack one bag.
  • Learn the culture and try to learn a few words ahead time.
  • Plan your activities. Create a list of activities/places you want to experience before your trip. There’s so much to see and do!
  • Don’t purchase the museum pass. Majority of the museums are free.
  • Use the metro for transportation. It’s safe and cheaper than other transportation

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