My I did a post about my time in Paris, as it was happening, but a few months have passed since my amazing Eurotrip.
I recently did an article for Trip 101 about experiencing Paris which caused me to re-reflect on the journey, the pictures, the memories, and ultimately change my mind about my initial feelings towards Paris.
My trip was rushed. We were there for probably no more than 48 hours total, arriving at about 7pm, having one full day to explore, and leaving again at 8am the next morning.
For this reason, it was a really stressful trip. I wanted to do everything possible because it's Paris. We chose a bus tour because it seemed like the most comprehensive way to see everything that needed to be seen. (I say needed to be seen because there's a certain expectation that there are things you NEED to see on your first trip to Paris, so being tourists we had to see those things). The bus tour was great because we didn't have to find our way anywhere. It was also raining which probably affected my mood for the trip, but also it made me appreciate the bus even more.
As I reflect, I'm realizing I saw everything that I wanted to see on the first trip to Paris. As a general rule, I try to avoid touristy things, going touristy places, looking touristy in general, so it was probably the fact that everything I did required standing in line that put a bad taste in my mouth. My next trip to Paris I just want to spend days and days at coffee shops and walking around drinking wine.
I also took a bunch of cool pictures on my actual camera that I had forgotten about until I wrote the article.
Take a look at my article if you are interested in learning more about seeing Paris via bus.
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