Just got back from one of the best trips I’ve ever had – Paris. This was my first time in such a big city and I have to say, I was impressed. Apart from the sights, the most impressing thing in my view is their transportation system. Apart from ours, you do not have to rush to catch the train, because you do not want to wait another 20 minutes for the next one. In Paris, you wait for two or three minutes and you’re on your way. We were warned several times about the notorious pickpockets that are in abundance on subways and near the sights. Well, at least we do not have those guys on our trains/busses :). Luckily I had no such problems.
The number of tourists is also very surprising. Everywhere you go, you are stepping in front of someone’s camera and vice versa. We intentionally got lost while searching for the Les Invalides museum, just to see a few streets where we were the only tourists. While lost we found a nice shop, bought some wine for the longest night in the year and sent our cards. I still cannot believe how much we walked during the short stay in Paris. While sightseeing we did not feel tired at all. At home though….
The New Year countdown happened at Champs-Élysées. Sadly it was a bit rainy but that did not spoil our moods at all. I just loved it, when they closed down the whole street, which was quickly filled with people. The police confiscate any glass bottles they find (understandable) so we had to pour the champagne into plastic bottles without them seeing us.
All in all, this was one fantastic journey and I am looking forward on repeating it soon. Next time, we are definitively going there on our own! And yes, there will definitively be a next time.