I tried staying up during the flight to Paris just to get myself used to the time change. We flew American Airlines, which is an airline I would like to fly when it comes to International flights. I love that they allow free carry on luggages & a personal bag. I also love that they have a great selection of movies & tv shows. They also have music, internet, & a chat feature when you want to chat with someone who is not sitting with you. This would come in handy if you don’t want to buy wi-fi & need to message someone.
Once we arrived in Paris, the first thing we did was tried checking in early to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel ibis budget Paris Porte de Montmartre. It was quite a distance from most of the tourist spots we wanted to go to, but I didn’t mind because we spent most of our days in Paris outside of where we were staying. We couldn’t check in early, but, we were allowed to leave our luggages with the hotel. I guess I’ve just never left luggage with a hotel before, but it is apparently something that plenty of visitors do.
We decided to take the Metro instead of taking an Uber to The Louvre because it was so much cheaper. It took us a while to buy the Metro tickets & figure out which stop to get off at. Had we known that the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours would take us to all of the tourist spots we wanted to go to & at a much cheaper rate, we would’ve done that. Although the Metro is cheaper than taking an Uber, the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours would’ve made more sense to use over the next few days of our visit.
On The Way to The Louvre
They also do not hand you a map upon entering like most museums do (at least, the ones I’ve been to). So, it was definitely a challenge trying to figure out which rooms lead to what.
I couldn’t get over how beautiful the ceilings were!
I’d also like to note that the museum does have A/C, but YOU. CANNOT. FEEL. IT. because of how many people there are. It is actually a lot worse than I can even describe. If you’re going in the summer, bring a hand fan because you’re surely going to need it.
This is the hallway where I was coughed on & ended up getting a sore throat the next day 🙃 I brought my face mask & I wish I had followed my instinct & used it because getting sick while on vacation wasn’t fun. It’s important to keep in mind that other cultures have different manners than what you’re probably used to, so it’s best not to take anything personal.
& of course, the famous Mona Lisa was the hardest painting to get to! I didn’t take a photo of how huge the crowd was, but luckily we were able to make it to the front. They had security on each end of the painting & a divider to keep people from getting too close. It doesn’t look like there are a lot of people at the Mona Lisa, but after working my way through the front of the line, I was able to get a photo without all the hands & people.
We weren’t able to get through all of the rooms, but I think we went through enough of the ones we were interested in.
After The Louvre, we walked around the gardens a bit before taking a ride to the Arc de Triomphe.