1 GIRL. PARIS. 15 DAYS. Alone NOT Lonely.
Category : World
This is about my first ever solo trip to the city of love: Paris. It was not just an experience of two or three days but of two whole weeks. Paris has a lot to offer. A LOT. Not even a book can sum up the experience I had but well, I can surely brief it up.
To begin with, my stay was with a host family. Typical Parisien style 🙂 The main reason why I chose Paris was because I am learning French and was eagerly waiting to speak French with the french. Voila! My hosts didn’t speak English 😀
Always do what you are afraid to do. Tbh, I was damn nervous yet excited for this trip. I felt the first three days to be a little boring. Just walking miles alone without having chit chat with anyone. Looking at others hugging, laughing and cracking jokes. Damn! I missed every person existing in my life. But somehow after 5th and 6th day I felt so alive and confident. It was then I actually understood the meaning of SOLO. Meanwhile, I got to meet the natives, people from different countries, having different backgrounds, different cultures. So, it was not just the french culture that I encountered. Also, a solo traveller from Australia who is making it difficult for me to exist now.
Apart from this, I got to learn so much. From my good points to my bad points. My perspective towards life changed altogether. This trip gave me a purpose in life i.e. to wander, explore, meet new people and learn different languages. There is something that pulls me back to this city. No idea what that thing is, maybe the citizens, maybe the language, maybe their culture, maybe that feeling of being alone and not lonely. I just don’t know.
8 Places NOT to be missed while in Paris
Musée du Louvre
Say hello to one of the largest museums of the world – Musée du Louvre. Here you enter into a maze of distinct artistic and cultural world. Collections are so vast and magnificent. ( including some of the masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rubens, etc ) The funny thing that happened to me was that instead of covering the museum, I ended up walking towards Jardin Des Tuileries which was asuperb place to spend an evening. Entry ticket for the museum costs around 15 Euros.
La Tour Eiffel
Who doesn’t visit La Tour Eiffel while in Paris. Fortunately, it was visible from my place. Voila! Perfect evenings everyday because of the great view. It has three levels: First, second and the summit. Entry till the second floor costs around 39 euros and till the summit it is around 45 euros. It certainly is worth the money. Having a glass of wine at a height of 1100 feet is really awe-inspiring.
What to do on a weekend? Take a day off to the most beautiful city : Normandy. Immerse yourself in Normandy’s culture: It’s renowned museums, monuments and concert halls offer a choice broad enough to suit all tastes, and if you happen to combine a passion for horticulture with an interest in architecture, the fine parks and gardens in Normandy’s Chateaux will not disappoint you. The city is too small and can be covered in a day. It is 220km from Paris. It is better to buy a one day package from the local travel agencies because reaching there is quite a task and transport within the city is unreliable.
Now who can describe Disneyland. In simple words, it is THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a boulevard, 1.9 kilometres long, which runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle. If you keep walking straight on the street you’ll end up at Arc de Triomphe. It is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day. For shopping, if you’re searching for high-end brands then Champs-Élysées is the place to be. You name a brand, you have a store. Perfect place to spend your evening.
Cathedral Notre Dame
“Our lady of Paris” is among the largest and most well known church buildings in the world. SUPER beautiful, SUPER romantic.
Instead of taking the River Seine Cruise which almost every tourist does, I preferred to walk along the river as much as I can and guess what? I ended up walking almost 25km exploring every little details of the city that came in my way.
Le Crazy Horse de Paris
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Le Crazy Horse de Paris is a Parisian cabaret known for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers and for the diverse range of magic and variety ‘turns’ between each nude show and the next. I think what really makes the experienceis the integration of the lights, screen/projected images and music coming together to make it a show that’s both sensual and artistic. A little expensive but totally worth a visit.
1) Take extra care of your belongings. Paris is a hub of pickpockets.
2) Avoid metro after 11 pm if alone.
3) Weekly or monthly passes can be bought for metro. Better than spending euros for every journey.
4) Museum pass can also be bought which allows free entry in most of the museums in Paris. NOTE: Entry in some of the museums is free on Sundays.
5) If you have an international credit or debit card, you can take a bicycle too.
6) Not many people speak English there so make sure you learn some french phrases and words before you go.
7) Nightlife in Paris is really good. Clubs get open at 12 am and play till 7 am. To commute, there are night buses available. And yes! Taxi ofcourse.