Well, Paris is certainly an interesting place but it’s the kind of place to visit, not the kind of place to live. It’s… packed. Like solid wall-to-wall people. NYC was pretty hectic but even that feels empty compared to trying to walk around Paris. I think part of that feeling might simply be the fact that there is very little rooms for cars so most people walk or take the subway (as we did) but either way it made the city feel at least twice as dense as the next densest city I’ve visited. (NYC)
On the other hand, if you stick to the old parts it’s quite beautiful. Here’s the view from our crappy (but comfortable) hostel:
And that’s up northish in a more immigrant-filled area we think. A view like that would be considered absolutely spectacular anywhere in North America. Even the old port in Montreal doesn’t even compare.
We only had a few days in Paris before we headed off to Berlin so we packed in as much touristy stuff as we could. We’re going to be back in Paris for several days at the end of the trip but by then we may or may note be touristed out. We visited the Louvre:
The Eiffel Tower:
And the Arc de Triomphe:
Also, we ate really well. Here’s one of breakfasts for example:
Right by our hostel there were two grocery stores where we picked up some terrine and right next door was a bakery so in the morning I would just head downstairs to get some fresh bread and I’d have a terrine, ham and bread breakfast while Vijeta would have a terrine, cheese and bread breakfast. It was quite delicious. =) We also had amazing food at pretty much any random restaurant we walked into. We walked down the street and found a little cafe serving duck and rabbit. So we tried it and of course it was great. As was the wine.
Oh the beer. Oh the awful, expensive and awful beer. I got desperate and curious enough after a few terrible beers at restaurants/bars to try something that was basically Kronenburg mixed with orange campari. It was definitely the worst “beer” I’ve ever tasted. If you go to Paris just swear off beer for the duration. If you go in with the expectation of not touching beer for the duration you’ll be much better off than trying to find something decent. Although if you drink nothing but Coors Light or something similar you might do fine, just order a light beer, you’ll probably get Kronenburg which is basically the same.
We also ended our trip in Paris (and spent more time there at the end) so Paris part II will come at the end of this series. Next up: Berlin!