Paris for sure hated us from the beginning. The streets were practically flooding when we arrived. Our tour guide, Morgan, on Busabout kept her composure (regardless) of the bad weather to tell us very interesting facts and tips to know about Paris. Including, her theory of Paris always being a surprise and that you never know what to expect.
When the bus came to a stop outside St Christopehr’s Inn we ran through buckets of water for about 10 minutes to get to the metro stop. However, we were then told that line 2 to our apartment was closed due to the weather. We would have to take 3 separate trains to get to the air BnB. En-route again through the underground maze we came across tunnels of ankle deep water. A local told me that I would have to be like Jesus to get across the water. Deciding that we couldn’t physically attempt to cross that water with all of our luggage and weary bodies we did what most backpackers never do. Call an uber.
And that wasn’t even the end of the story. Tired and exhausted, we arrived at our air bnb which had 7 floors to climb without an elevator. The room was the size of a baby cot with the shower practically touching the double bed. A small kitchenette, one sink and no toilet. Jess wasn’t impressed. I was neither impressed nor too disgusted (regardless of the mould seeping through the floor and roof) forever saying to myself, ‘Eh, it is what it is’.
Trying to see the silver lining in our crap situation I fully opened the window to show Jess how lucky we were to have fresh air. Forgetting about the storm outside, upon opening the window heaps of the water fell directly onto the bed.
"Yeah, good one Ell," Jess just said to me.
THINGS TO DO:
Eat Snails at L'Escargot
Eat Macarons at Ladurée
Visit the Kilo-shop
A place of mostly pre-loved clothing where you pay per kilo of bag you fill up. There are three of these shops scattered around Paris. We stumbled upon the best one probably found in Saint-Michel.
Visit Notre Dam
Cost: Free. Just remember to have your shoulders and above the knee's covered.
See Eiffel tower at night
Cost: Free and quite spectacular. Make sure to stay for at least an hour to see tower display these lights that will send you epileptic for 5 minutes.
Anywhere, they are all good! Especially the Nutella ones.
WHERE TO STAY:
St Christopher’s Inn, Canal
Cost: From €18.80
Saint-Michel for sure. So many cool places to eat and have happy hour drinks. The shopping is great and it has that alternative vibe of Paris tourists (like me) often crave when they visit.
Please note: These recommendations are from a broke backpacker and probably won’t suit your average high-class traveller.
Next Stop: Bruges, Belgium
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