Finally I am writing this blog post about one of the most beautiful cities I have been to.
I have heard many different things about Paris already. Most people told me how dirty and ugly Paris is, and I just can’t understand these people. How would someone not like Paris? It would be beautiful even without the Eiffel Tower which was astonishing as well. It is a moment for itself when you see that tower for the first time. I never understood what it meant until I stood there myself.
Anyway, I think there is a time in a girl’s life when she is obsessively dreaming about visiting Paris. I had that time in my life but it faded rather quickly and I became a bit uninterested in the french capitol city. Until my sister suggested to take a short trip to Paris over Halloween. The days before and after Halloween are usually holidays in Germany, and I also didn’t have to work, so I was able to go.
We took the TGV from Stuttgart to Paris and it only took us around 4 hours. That’s pretty fast in my opinion. So, we arrived in Paris before noon, checked in at our hotel which was close to the Galeries Lafayette. Our room had a okay size, but I was a bit bothered by the lack of light we got in the room. Our window didn’t seem to be on the sunny side. Anyway, after checking in, we walked to the Galeries Lafayette. On our way there, we stopped at a Pizza place to have lunch since we were pretty hungry.
The pizza was really good and the price was quite low for Paris I guess.
We headed back on our way to the mall. We were almost there, but my sister’s GPS directed us through a small alleyway full with chinese shops and restaurants. We were a bit confused but it must be right: Where there is chinese, there is shopping :’D And we were right. When the alley ended, we found ourselves in front of the back entrance of La Fayette, and I though for a minute I was back in Shanghai. The place was crowded with chinese people, yelling, talking and spitting :’D One woman was handing out some chinese newspaper, so I grabbed one for fun and the woman was pretty confused when she saw me :’D I think we were the only white people there.
But after we entered the mall and walked around a bit, we managed to see one or two non-asians :’D It was insane. I knew chinese people love shopping, but I didn’t expect it to be so extreme. The Galeries La Fayette has practically turned into the hottest tourist spot for chinese people :’D More than the Eiffel Tower. Anyway, after pasing shops like Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton (which had a long queue, only Asians), we came into the centre of the mall and the view was breathtakingly beautiful. I have never seen such a beautiful mall like the one in Paris. It looked more like a palace, or an opera house than a mall.
After taking enough photos, we wanted to go upstairs to the rooftop to have a view over Paris. It was a bit confusing using the elevator and then the stairs, but we made it. The view was beautiful, and we could even have a glimpse on a tiny Eiffel Tower.
We went back downstairs and wanted to browse through the shops a bit, although we didn’t plan to buy anything. I really wanted to see Kenzo and Alexander Wang, and my sister wanted to have a look in Zara and Topshop.
We left without spening any money, but there was another Lafayette mall right in front of the one we just had left, and that was just for food. Can you imagine? A mall just for food! Expensive of course, so we only remained at the ground level which had some finger food and gourmet fast food from all around the world.
We only bought some macarons, since we already ate pizza. But I regretted it a litte bit, because when I saw the Dim Sum, I wished we didn’t have had pizza for lunch.
After that we wanted to go see the Eiffel Tower, so we took the metro nearby and got off at Champs de Mars. From there, it was only a few minutes of walking until we could see the Eiffel Tower. Although there were so many people in front of, next and behind us, we had a lot of fun taking pictures. We walked all the way down to the Trocadero, with the fountains and baths, and then to the carousels that are right in front of the Tower. Of course I took a ride in one of the carousels and we had some delicious crêpes. It was just the perfect afternoon.
After finishing our crêpes, we wanted to take some pictures underneath the Eiffel Tower, so headed that way. I didn’t know how strict the security measurements were. You possibly couldn’t just walk by underneath the tower without going through security. At first we thought it was for going up the tower, but there was another line underneath the Eiffel tower. Anyway, it didn’t take too long. 5 minutes max. We stayed there for quite some time, until the tower was lit up in golden lights. That was just so beautiful.
Soon, we left the area and walked through the Jardin des Tuilleries back to a metro station. The Eiffel Tower was lighting up in silver lights, a huge monument sparkling like diamonds.
We had an amazing start to our first day in Paris, very typical, and more typical when we were approached by two french guys, telling us we were the most beautiful girls he has ever seen :’D Something like this would never happen to you in Germany, I can promise that.
We decided to stop by at the Champs Elysées before going back to our hostel. We thought maybe we could find a nice place to eat or drink. We didn’t because we weren’t that hungry, but it was a nice stroll down one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.
Anway, when we arrived back in our hostel, we were content about our first day in Paris, and we couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning.
I hope you guys enjoyed wandering with me through Paris.
Have you guys ever been to Paris? What were your feelings and thoughts when you first saw the Eiffel Tower?