The next few posts will cover our trip with my future in laws to the city of light, where we visited a huge variety of museums, fascinating churches, monuments and one disgustingly ornate palace. I wasn’t sure if I’d like Paris, I’d gotten mixed reviews from other travellers, who loved the beauty and shopping or strongly disliked the city and felt it was dirty and unfriendly. And, I’ll admit I was a bit nervious about what the climate of the city would be after the attacks. We were told cafes, restaurants were a bit quieter, but life had pretty much returned to normal. New Year’s Eve was much quieter than I thought it would be, and the fireworks were cancelled so we didn’t bother heading to the Arc de Triomphe to see the ten minute light show. Ultimately, I loved Paris, the art and architecture and the history won me over, and most of the French people we met were friendly and helpful.
I was worried about ordering off French menus, but I needn’t have been. (Thank you google translate!) The only restaurant where we struggled with the menu, the waiter kindly drew us sketches of baked fish, profiteroles and various types of chicken. It was hilarious and one of the highlights of our trip.
The architecture and lights at night were as beautiful as advertised. Walking along the Seine at dusk was gorgeous. By the time we were stepping on the Eurostar to go home, I was wishing we could spend a few more days in this beautiful city.
Have you been to Paris? Planning to go? Tell me about it in the comments!