France: Day 1

I know I promised I would try to blog while I was on vacation, but it was a challenge trying to get internet out there or even find the time. I was waking up early around 5 AM or 6 AM to get ready for the full day ahead & would not come back to the hotel until around midnight. An incident also happened during vacation where 1,366 photos were deleted from my blog, which has taken me over a week to restore (addressed in my previous post here). Now that the photos are restored & vacation photos are ALL FINALLY edited (after so many days), here is a post from our first day in France!

Paris, France

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.

The Metro

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.

The first thing we wanted to do was grab something to eat. Jeremiah was so adamant about eating at Little Breizh, which you can read about here.

On The Way to The Louvre

After lunch, we headed to The Louvre. We passed by these gorgeous buildings on the way there! I was so blown away by all the architecture all over Paris.

The Louvre

Our first stop, The Louvre!

Luckily, we bought our tickets in advance online here, otherwise we would have had to wait in a long line just to get tickets. I suggest buying all tour tickets online to avoid wasting time. The line for walk-ins was incredibly long. The line for their “Skip the Line” tickets actually still had a wait because it takes a while to get through security, but it was still much quicker than the walk-in line.

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 also want to note that, getting to a bathroom isn’t easy! I advise that before you go walking around The Louvre, use the restroom first. Jeremiah had to use the restroom while we were walking around The Louvre, so he left while I walked around. We ended losing each other & at that point, we finally got a map because the “Find My Friends” app wasn’t that accurate & there’s very little signal in the building.

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.

Although The Louvre was beautiful, I have to say that I wish I was able to actually enjoy it more. It was so overcrowded & you cannot feel the A/C at all.

After The Louvre, we walked around the gardens a bit before taking a ride to the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe

We planned on walking up to the top, but our legs were beyond tired at this point & we just wanted to eat!

After the Arc de Triomphe, we had dinner at Bistro Romain which you can read about here. Once we finished dinner, we finally made it back to our hotel.

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