J’aime Paris

Paris…where to start!!? The last 5 days have been incredible. Paris is an amazing city. I could have used another few days here.
My Airbnb was a true ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ moment. I walked up and was like “no effing way.’ As you can see from the photo, it was a little intimidating with all the graffiti. But then once the door was opened, there was a beautiful courtyard and my place was stunning. My host loves Paris, and shared all sorts of tips, tricks and suggestions. 

Entrance to my airbnb!

I realized that I knew someone from college living in Paris, so I had sent him a message the day before I arrived. I was able to spend a few nights catching up with him and exploring the Parisian night life! 

I did some of the standard tourist stuff – Sacre Coeur, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and of course the Eiffel Tower. What was really nice though was that since most people have ended summer vacation, I really didn’t have to wait in any lines. #winning!

Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Arc de Triomphe
Top of the Arc de Triomphe
The Louvre
And of course, the Eiffel Tower

I was a little disappointed with some of the standard sights around the Eiffel Tower – I walked down from Trocadero – which usually would have great fountains and frame up the Eiffel Tower – but there was a lot of construction going on and the water was completely drained. Additionally – there was just one small patch of green grass in front of the Eiffel Tower – and that was blocked off. Everywhere was sand, dirt and wood chips. I felt like I was in a desert!

Many if you may know I use Tinder…so why not use it abroad to meet people! I met up with someone on my last full day, and got an amazing night tour of he city via scooter – I couldn’t have ended any better way!

She actually sparkles!!

So now I’m en route back to Maine for a short while. I’ll do a little US travel, then hopefully head to Australia and New Zealand in early October!

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