Pepins Abroad: Paris
Our first trip to Paris was 3 years ago I don’t want to say I hated it but… I can’t say I loved it. It felt dirty, a little stressful, and not romantic at all. I am so happy to say that this time Paris was completely different! We gave ourselves enough time to settle in, stayed in a better area, and took things a lot slower. Last time we hit all the major sites (louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc) and were running at high speed, our agenda this time: eat and wander. We have very successfully pulled our goal off 😉 It was still a little stressful at times and dirty in some places but it was also really beautiful! We’ve been relaxing under the Eiffel Tower, walking the Latin District, watching the artists in Montmartre, sampling cheese, gazing at the river, making (multiple) visits to the boulangerie for pastries and baguettes, and eating crepes like our lives depended in it!
It’s sort of funny how in to the food we are. We’ve already bought all the little souvenir knick knacks in our previous trips so this round we are skipping the souvenirs and spending that money on snacks and food:) Today we were joking about how when I plan a trip I research “what to eat” not “what to see”. I’m so glad Brett is equally adventurous and nerdy about food!
Being Disney nuts, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Disneyland Paris. We had so much fun finding all of the differences and similarities! One really off but but obvious difference I noticed was the cleanliness. I once heard a stat about Disneyland and how they have rules for how long trash can sit on the ground before being picked up. Disneyland Paris had a lot of old worn paint, trash, cobwebs in hidden corners. Nothing that a normal person would notice but definitely not the same as Disneyland. It was also fun to ride their versions of the rides! I loved It’s A Small World and seeing the America section through another country’s eyes! I’m so glad we went! It was also nice to get away for a little while and spend the day doing something familiar.
Our last night in Paris was my first hint of homesickness on the trip. It was a really busy day, with lots of metro time, and I saw a lot of dogs (they make me miss my Kona Bear). The metro is my least favorite part about these cities. Last time I liked them and the people watching but, I don’t know if it’s having Isabella now or something, but now they’re just dirty and pick pockety and smell like pee. By the end of it Brett and I had created a game that made it go quicker.. We’d each guess the pronunciation of the next stop and whoever was closest won. French is a. Crazy language. I love it!
When we got back to our flat we spent some time relaxing after Isabella went to bed. We opened our bottle of Tuscan wine, ate a whole wheel of cheese, and 1 1/2 baguettes while we chatted and texted friends and family. It was just what the doctor ordered for homesickness!!