I suppose this entry has taken me the most time to write because I’ve been at a loss for words. What to say about Paris? Well, let’s start with some background. I’ve never been as taken aback with this city as others seem to be. For this reason among others, I hadn’t even planned to visit, until of course my best friend guilted me into it. Stupid friends. Anyways, I am definitely glad I went. I stand by my original statement: Paris is underwhelming and DEFINITELY not the city of romance or whatever other people seem to call it. Still, Parisians offer a great variety of foods to try, from baguettes to tasty crepes and the Eiffel tower is pretty darn cool! Really though, it’s quite a sight.
My favorite part of this entire trip was definitely my visit Montmarte. I know Paris has Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame (shout out to those gargoyles!) among other important sites, but have you been to Montmarte?! Home to Moulin Rouge and beautiful winding streets, this neighborhood once saw the likes of influential men such as Vincent Van Gogh and Picasso. You hear Moulin Rouge and probably, if you’ve been an attentive reader, assume that I like this place for the same reason I was fascinated with Amsterdam’s red light district. Maybe you’re half correct. But there’s so much more to this little area than flashy outfits and a fun movie. Here you probably expect me to explain what exactly makes this part of Paris so special. Unfortunately, I was only there for a night so I cannot, although if I ever go back you know where my first stop will be! If you have Paris plans, I highly suggest you visit Montmarte, not to mention check out the beautiful Sacre Coer, which sits at the top of a large hill and stands as a landmark of Montemarte from all over the city.
Well, as far as weekends go, mine in Paris was pretty fun. I didn’t exactly experience the stuck up attitude that people tend to associate with Parisians and I was lucky to have two wonderful tour guides (thanks Sun Lee and Lauren!). One final word of warning: when ordering crepes, be aware that they always add an excessive amount of cheese. For those that like normal amounts on your food, order with discretion.