Paris: First you lose, then you love

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April 26th, 2020

I had the perfect first day in the city of love until it was time to catch a train out of the city. It was rush hour on a weekday – if you live in Europe, you can picture the chaos.

We hurried with the crowd to make it on before the automated doors slam closed. Completely unfamiliar with the route and slow to navigate when everything’s French, I approached a stranger next to me to make sure we’re on the right train – not the one that goes the opposite direction! Obviously distracted. A moment later I wanted to take out my phone (which was IN my hand INSIDE my pocket), but it was gone! I was dumbstruck.

My friend did an amazing job at trying to comfort me, but I was tossing and turning all night. I purchased that phone two weeks before and it had all the pictures of our day in Paris. Without having any photos to look at, I started going over my memory of that day…

Bright and early, we took a train to the stop right next to CathΓ©drale Notre-Dame. Sadly still under construction after last years fire, we managed to get a few good shots as we crossed the canal. There were some cute souvenir shops where I got a fridge magnet and my friend got a French hat. Tourists!

On our way to The Louvre we walked down a beautiful street covered in autumn coloured (maple?) leaves – artist stalls on one side and quirky little shops with unpronounceable names on the other. We stopped to grab a coffee because our hands and cheeks were freezing, despite the romance of classic Paris architecture warming our hearts.

Next up was the Eiffel Tower. But first: CrΓͺpes! I remember how I was casually chewing on my crΓͺpe when my gaze met the tower for the first time and I thought: This is it, I really am in Paris!

At first glance, The Eiffel Tower didn’t seem that big. We crossed another canal and walked up to a view point to see it towering out above the city. This part of Paris isn’t packed with skyscrapers, so seeing Eiffel from afar you realize that, compared to its surroundings, it actually is rather large.

We ended our day with dinner at one of the restaurants in the area – I will definitely recommend going further away from tourist spots if you want good food! Anyway, I couldn’t care too much about food when my stomach was full of butterflies.

As we walked to the train station, I turned around to catch one last glimpse of the tower, just to see that it was fully lit up, and I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve.

Then some sneaky little thief snagged my phone and just like that I had no evidence that that day ever happened! Thankfully a handful of pictures survived, as seen in this post, all taken by my friend.

At first I was upset because the city of love didn’t show me any. Instead, it showed me its bad side. But then I realized that a place so timelessly elegant has no bad sides, only people do.

Before my next visit, I made peace with Paris. Over la baguettes at brunch, with my phone tucked away where no one could grab it, I fell in love with Paris all over again.

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33 thoughts on “Paris: First you lose, then you love

  1. Never been to Paris, I remember on a school trip driving past the city on the way to Disneyland… and our teachers pointed to the Eiffel Tower on the horizon. They didn’t even take us to the city center! So I can only imagine what it was like seeing it up close, I am sure I would have got butterflies too.

    People can be bad and every city has them sadly, I have to keep reminding myself to not let people ruin an experience of a place. I am sorry to hear your phone was stolen but I am glad you found peace πŸ™‚

    And thank you so much for sharing my blog here, much appreciated!! I really enjoyed this post and look forward to more of them!

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    1. Oh as exciting as Disneyland is, it’s a pity they didn’t let you make at least one stop on the way to see the Eiffel Tower – hard to believe anyone would organize a trip to Paris and not include that! I do hope you get to go again, though. You’re lucky you’re in a great location to travel around Europe easily πŸ˜€
      Glad you enjoyed reading about my little misadventure. And thank YOU so much once again for hosting my guest post! Still so stoked about this!

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      1. I know right?! Crazy. I am sure I will visit Paris itself whilst I am in London though.

        It was a good read, and no worries, thank you for sharing it!

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  2. Parisian pickpockets are ruthless– thankfully, I’ve never gotten pickpocketed (knock on wood), but I’ve heard so many horror stories of visitors who have. It’s devastating, and it can taint one’s image of the French capital. I’m glad Paris redeemed itself in your eyes, though; it’s a beautiful city and definitely worth visiting in one’s lifetime! Soyez vigilante!

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  3. Paris is no doubt beautiful, but I had an anti-climactic situation in Paris. I found it overcrowded. The problem of overtourism was glaring over there.
    I liked the Statue of Liberty in Paris though. Plus the Bordeaux wine.. πŸ˜‰
    Thank you Madam for sharing..!!

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    1. I hear you, it is a very Touristy destination. I was there in Winter so there were slightly less, but still pretty crowded. Maybe a trip to Bordeaux itself is not a bad idea for next time – having Bordeaux wine IN Bordeaux… I’m sure it’s less crowded there πŸ˜‰

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      1. For the first time in two years of blogging am I hearing someone speak about having a traditional dish/drink IN the place of origin..!! U just stole my thoughts.. πŸ˜€
        I am seriously scanning all your past plus future posts.. Need to learn more.. Hope you don’t mind..

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      2. I am so happy to know that you appreciate my interests. Looking forward to interacting more with you. I am sure it will be enriching for us to closely observe, interact and learn more from each other’s experiences to make the best out of traveling. For experiences gained from traveling stay with a person forever.. πŸ˜€

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    1. Hi Ally, I’m glad you had a chance to go – everyone should see Paris at least once! My visits were also brief, but lovely. Thank you for reading, I appreciate it! Take care ❀


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