This time last year, I had been feeling rather frustrated with the daily routine that was my life. Don't get me wrong, I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I was longing for something more. I found myself constantly looking up destinations on Pinterest every chance I got. I dreamed of visiting these places, meeting new people and eating and drinking the local cuisine and beer.
The last two days in Paris were spent doing the rest of the touristy things on our list such as, visiting the Notre Dame and the Louve. We walked around, ate as much French food as we could fit into our bellies and tried to take in as much of the city as we could. But before we could do all of that, we realized we had no clean clothes and so we were forced to do laundry in a foreign country. Let me tell you, that was an interesting experience! You figure that using a washing machine would be pretty simple, even in a foreign country... but I was wrong. Word to the wise, make sure you ready the directions for the washing machine before you start putting in the detergent! Nevertheless, after a slight delay, we were on our way to taking in as much of Paris as two days would allow us.
As a Southern California native and a former Disneyland pass holder, making a trip to Disney Paris was an absolute must for me during my visit to Paris. To start the day, my family and I paid a visit to our favorite bakery and fromagerie for some chocolate croissants for breakfast and a baguette and brie for lunch, since buying food at the park can be expensive. Then we hopped on the red line and took the 45 minute commute through the French countryside to the park. It was exciting for me to compare and contrast both of the parks. The park was very similar as the original in terms of design and rides and I was surprised as to how much English the employees spoke and how even the parades were in English! However, it was a bit smaller and had a few less rides than the original, so it didn't take all day to go through it. I would highly recommend this day trip to anyone who is in Paris and looking for something fun to do and a way be a kid again, even if it's just for a few hours.
After an 8 hour bus/ferry ride we arrived in Paris. Tired, sleepy and in a country where we didn't fully know the language, my family and I decided to take it easy the first day. The first thing we did after leaving our luggage at the hotel was find a bakery and buy fresh chocolate croissants. I don't know why but the chocolate croissants are just ten times better in Paris than in the U.S. We then hopped over to the Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Natural History. Both are very interesting places and I highly recommend them if you are looking for something to do for a relaxed or rainy day in Paris. The next day we headed over to see the Eiffel Tower. The elevators were broken at the time so we had to walk up the 600+ steps, which made us appreciate the view that much more. After some lunchtime crepes we went to see the Arch de Triomphe, did some shopping on the Avenue des Champes-Elysees and finished the day with a French dinner that included delicious escargot.