TRAVEL GUIDE: Paris, France
I've finally crossed the pond and what better destination to call first base than Paris, France. Before I jump into the reasons why you should visit, I'll tell you a few things that turned me off about Paris.
**THESE OPINIONS ARE BASED ON MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES**
A majority of Parisians come off as rude. I'm not sure if that's just how they are or if it's because of my lack of fluent French. But, I am not the only one with this opinion about Parisians.
PICKPOCKETING IS REAL!! I almost had my phone snatched right before my eyes while setting up my tripod to take a group picture.
Okay so now that, that's out-of-the-way..
Where to stay?
Press play to see where I called home for 4 days.. one of if not the best views in Paris; it was roughly under $900. All of which was paid for by Juliana . She invited me to join her in Europe, purchased my ticket and covered my stay. This specific place was not budget friendly but there are tons of others that definitely are!
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Airbnb Experiences are activities designed and led by locals. By adding experiences to their brand, Airbnb is slowly and surely becoming the travelers one-stop shop travel destination. These experiences are all over the world, ranging from portions of the day to full day activities. Paris had so many different types of Airbnb experiences you honestly would have a very hard time with getting bored. Here are some of the experiences I signed up for:
The most important thing...the food!
Don't be afraid to get out there and try EVERYTHING! Honestly the least that could happen is you don't like it but at least you can say you've tried it.
The Tiramisu was UHHHMAZZZINGG!
I tried escargot (snails) for the first time and to my surprise I thought it was good.
From the macarons, to the gelato, the pastries and oh my goodness the bread (amazingly fresh!), nothing seemed to disappoint me at all. Everything was plated beautifully and so flavorful!
Some of the places I visited, my favorites are *:
Paris has many famous monuments and honestly you need A LOT of time to see and explore them all. So, being on a time crunch and not really interest in all of them, I chose a few...
My favorite of them all was the Arc de Triomphe. Wanted by Napoleon in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 by French king, Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. An unknown soldier was buried at the base of the arch in 1921. The flame of remembrance is rekindled every day at 18:30.
If you visit the Sacre Coeur, going up the steps to the church you may run into girls forcefully trying to get you to sign a petition about dying babies for money. I was told by a few Parisians that it's a scam. They do not speak much english but are able to say "dying babies" so you may feel compelled to give which is entirely up to you, just giving you guys the heads up.
Although the attitude of some of the Parisians rubbed me the wrong way, I would still return to France and would definitely recommend you visiting Paris, if you haven't. There is so much to see, so many options to eat and a vast amount of touristy things you "MUST" do.
Have you been to Paris or France? What was your favorite part of the country? What was your favorite thing to do? What did you dislike? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts..