When I started my blog, I fully intended to write about the places I’ve been whilst traveling, in fact I did for a while -but then deleted them because I’m weird like that- but I can never seem to decide if that kind of content has a place here. I don’t travel enough to have a travel blog (sadly) but at the moment certainly it’s a big part of my life. Inspired by Sally and her amazing retrospective travel posts and this awesome post by Jemma on why she can’t have a blog with a niche, I’m embracing randomness a bit more and will be sharing the odd travel post here and there, starting today as I’m feeling nostalgic about the amazing weekend I spent in Paris earlier this year.
I visited Paris in early February so wasn’t expecting sunshine, although the weather was perfect for all the walking around and exploring we had in mind. It never rained and through spells of cloud we had blue sunny skies. I had been told about the pickpockets which frequent busy parts of Paris, so decided against bringing my proper camera with me and instead just carefully took photos on my phone.
We did encounter groups of pickpockets at the main tourist sights -I read on TripAdvisor before going that they pretend to be doing surveys so approach you on that basis- but due to the heavy police and military presence after the tragedies last November, I think they were perhaps out in fewer numbers.
The Metro is a known hotspot for it so I was particularly vigilant whilst traveling, but we had no issues. We used the Metro to travel all over the city.
We walked along the edge of the river to Ponts Des Arts bridge, a romantic spot famous for the love locks added by thousands of couples. The weight of the locks has damaged the bridge, meaning many have had to be taken down. I’m a big believer of ‘leaving only footprints’ so we took a selfie instead of leaving a lock.
After visiting Ponts Des Arts we began a walk towards some of the big sights, starting with the Notre Dame Cathedral. As a child the Hunchback Of Notre Dame was one of my favourite Disney films, so I loved seeing the Gothic building in real life and it was as opposing and dramatic as I imagined. We lost count of all the gargoyles.
I wanted to see The Louvre but didn’t go inside as we had limited time, still it was a beautiful building.
Having walked a fair way, we decided to stop for lunch, picking one of the many bustling little cafes which lined the side streets. I have no idea what this cake was but it was truly delicious. I loved the cafes of Paris, sitting outside and watching the world go by.
During our first day in Paris I must have walked for miles, my feet were bleeding and I was shattered but I saw so much and had loved the feeling of the city. I assumed -incorrectly- that all the main sights and things I wanted to see would be in a central area, which they weren’t. The Metro was great for zipping from place to place though and I managed to see almost everything I wanted to.
We had planned to go to a little pet cemetery –Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques– but ran out of time; One for another visit.