Honestly the word that I repeated over and over while I was in Paris: “wow.”
Paris was such a special place. It seemed too good to be true. A place I thought I could only dream about. The whole time I was there, I was happy, giddy, smiling and excited.
Louvre- this is a site that is worth 3-4 hours of the day if you are into art. Even if you’re not into art, it’s worth hitting up and may still take a chunk of 1-2 hours out of the day. It’s crazy to see the Mona Lisa. Pretty unreal how many people flock to see her specifically. There were huge crowds pushing to get a picture with her. BUT there are so many other amazing paintings and sculptures to see. Also– most of the time people have to pay €12 to get in, but if you have your student ID, entry is free.
The 360 Monet exhibit was another great spot to hit up for anyone interested in art or history. It was really quite cool, and it was another place that allows free entry with a student ID! Plus it has a really cute gift shop.
So my favorite thing that I did the first day I was in Paris was seeing the live action Beauty and the Beast in 3D. Turns out movie theaters in France are actually pretty expensive. (Around €17.) And the popcorn is sold differently than in the United States. There’s not even a popcorn machine. It’s already put in popcorn boxes and it’s not buttery. It’s sweet like kettle corn! There are a lot of snack options too, kind of like a small convenience store. The movie itself was amazing too. I legit started crying as soon as Belle started singing.
Another reason that Paris was amazing was thanks to Disney. I didn’t even know Paris had a Disney World until I was there! And the tickets were extra cheap. It was truly a magical experience. But then again, it’s a mix of Disney World, and Paris in one place, so how could it not be amazing?
Of all other things, of course the Eiffel Tower was definitely the most significant part of my trip. The second I saw it my whole heart filled with excitement. I couldn’t even hold in my giddy squeals! Thankfully, it was a beautiful day, allowing me to spend the afternoon relaxing on the Champ de Mars. There are souvenir shops and places to buy snacks all up and down the nearby streets. There were men wandering everywhere trying to sell champaign and sandwiches and cheap jewelry. UNFORTUNATELY I didn’t make it to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but more the reason for me to go back right?