24 hours in Paris
Moulan Rouge, Crepes, Croisonts, the city of love... all things that come to mind when thinking of Paris, France. I have to say, this city fully lived up to the hype and surpassed my expectations.
When one only has 24 hours in Paris, one must work as fast as possible to fit in as many sights as possible even to the detriment of ones own health. And that's exactly what I did #noregrets. Actually, my one regret is that I didn't give myself more time!
However, I do have a good reason for my silly thought that 1 day in Paris would be enough. When it comes to the city of love, there seems to be two major schools of thought, (puts on academic hat) some people love it, others love to hate it. They even have the term "Paris Syndrome" coined by Professor Hiroaki Ota in 1986. It's a mental disorder exhibited by individuals that travel to Paris and experience disappointment so severe they develop psychiatric symptoms such as hallucinations, depersonalization, anxiety, and also psychosomatic manifestations such as dizziness and vomiting.
Imagine hating a place so much that you actually become physically ill! Hence my reservations around visiting Paris. Some of the main criticism I've heard, are that it's too dirty, there's too many gypsies and pickpockets. I'm glad to say I did not personally experience any of the above, but that may be due in part to my special circumstances. Since I had so little time, uber and walking were my two major forms of transportations, no way I could waste valuable time navigating the metro.
So, how do you see Paris in 24 hours? The short answer is you really can't. There's far too many sights to see, galleries and museums to experience and food to eat. However, I tried my best to get the main ones in and I'll tell you how.
Flew into (France airport) straight from Porto, took a train to Charles de Gaulle (30 euro) hopped on a shuttle from the airport to my Novotel, showered, got ready then straight to the uber into the city.
First stop: Arc de Triomphe
My uber dropped me right in front of this famous monument and I have to say, pictures don't do it justice. The moment I stepped out, I knew I had fallen in love with this city. Everywhere I turned was so beautiful, I honestly couldn't believe it. I took some photos and decided my only option was to walk everywhere to try and take in as many sights as possible.
Paris is surprisingly very pedestrian friendly. The sights are far apart but everything is so beautiful it's easy to keep walking, the ohh's and ahh's distracting you from all the bisters forming on your feet.
Next stop: Seine River