The last stop on our trip was the city of love… Paris!
I was super excited to visit here, because well it’s PARIS!! Everyone wants to visit Paris at least once in their life. Obviously leaving the Swiss Alps was bittersweet, I never wanted to leave that place but a new city awaited us.
Before arriving to the hotel, we were driven around Paris to see some amazing sites, and to get our bearings of the city considering the next day was a free day so we could plan what we wanted to go and see. Pretty much as soon as we go into Paris we were warned that there are more pickpockets there then most other cities we had been to, also our hotel was in a slightly rough area, there were a lot of refugees nearby so were told to stay in groups when leaving the hotel, of course I didn’t let that damped my excitement, it just made me more cautious. It didn’t help that as soon as we got off a coach one of the girls on the trip with us almost had her suitcase stolen by a random guy who literally just came up to her and try to pull it away from her, luckily there were loads of people around to help her. It made everyone hang on to their bags slightly tighter haha!
After we settled in we went to a nearby restaurant and had dinner, it was a set menu, and for starters snails were on the agenda, I admit I had to spit it out, I couldn’t handle the taste or texture and the fact that when I was younger I use to keep snails, and race them with other children in my street didn’t help. Anyway we were given a glass of champagne and I can assure you that went down a lot better.
The next came and we were driven into Paris, we had a perfume demo for a little bit in the morning, which was interesting and there was an opportunity to buy perfume at the end. Then we were left to do whatever we wanted, of course the Eiffel Tower was on my mind, we managed to get there and the walk was lovely, once we spent enough time there we headed to the Avenue des Champs Elysées, it was truly wonderful to walk around and explore some of the shops.
After our day wondering around the city and seeing as many of the sights as possible we were taken back to the hotel and got ready for the evening ahead. We were lucky enough to find a small restaurant that did the most amazing burgers, they tasted so good and weren’t too expensive either. After our meal we explored the area of Paris we had been dropped to, my evening was made when I found a cat in a shop and it actually let me stroke it!
Since the sun was setting we found an area where many other people were sitting so decided we would too, although we thought we were being targeted by pickpockets, these men were acting very weird towards us and kept getting closer, so eventually we moved away from that area, although it was such a beautiful sunset and I was so glad we got to see it (the feature photo was our view). Then on our way back to where the restaurants and bars were this man grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go, I think he was trying to sell me something but the language barrier didn’t help and even though I was trying to yank my arm away he still didn’t get that I wasn’t interested, eventually I managed to get away, but my travelling buddy had no idea that I had been grabbed because she had ran away from another guy who was trying to sell her something, that’s one story I won’t forget but luckily now I can look back and laugh about it rather than feel scared.
Anyhow, we met back up with some of the group and four of us decided we wanted to go and see the Eiffel Tower again, we got on the underground where we met these guys who I thinks were Canadian who were also trying to figure out how to get to the Eiffel Tower, so we ended up with them for a little while until we actually reached the Eiffel Tower. Due to a terrorist attack the Tower was lit up differently to normal, there were so many people just chilling out and enjoying each others company, and it felt good to see people united and having a good time. We brought a bottle of ‘champagne’ from a vendor walking around selling them, although god knows what it actually was it cost €10.
The last evening of the trip was well spent and I’m so glad it ended on a high! I had such a wonderful experience throughout the whole trip making memories I’ll never forget with people who I’ll never forget.
And that concludes my trip around Europe! Obviously when I go away again, whenever that will be, I will document it for you, I like writing these types of posts and if no one enjoys reading them, then at least future Aimee will be grateful that she can look back on these and reminisce.
Hope you’re all good and have had an amazing day,