Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine, I’m back from Paris and I loved it. As always, my trip was way too short, but thankfully I got lots of pics and I can blog about it. So here is my blog about Paris, what to see and do and don’t.
First the hotel. When I’m in Paris, I stay at the same hotel, hotel Avenir. It’s nothing fancy, but I don’t go on a trip for the hotel. It has just 2 stars, but the room is clean, the beds are good. But the view is fantastic, the Sacré Coeur. And the hotel is so small, they don’t have a breakfast area, which means, you get breakfast in bed. How cool is that! Also a subway station is in front of the door. If you ever want to go, here is the link for the website: http://www.hotel-avenir.com/en/
Best way for transport in Paris is by subway, a loose ticket costs €1.70 and if you are staying multiple days it’s cheaper to buy a Paris visit, it’s an all access card for traveling all day or multiple days, and you can buy it in one of the ticket machines in every subway station. Also, you can select the language on these machines and they have English on it.
So you got your hotel and you got your subway ticket, now what to do and see? First you gotta see the Sacré Coeur, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in my opinion. The access is free, but on the way up, be aware of pickpockets and people trying to sell you knock-off bags and watches and stuff. On the base of the Sacré Coeur there is a man in a wheelchair selling homemade key chains of little dogs in all sorts of colors, buy one, they’re only 2 euro’s. And be sure to light a candle inside for one of your loved ones. I always do.
Around the corner of the Sacré Coeur is the Montmartre. The painter’s village. Again be aware of pick pockets. If you have enough money, sit down in one of the nice bistro’s and have a drink, and it’s a great souvenir if you can get your picture drawn. But don’t do it with the people walking up on you, but by one of the artists who have a chair on the square. And remember to not pay the full asking price. They can charge you up to €80,- or €100,- But if you play your cards right you can get one for just €30,-
Also you probably want to go see the Eiffel tower. I know it’s the symbol of France, but it actually is a really ugly building. But you have to see it, go ahead. And if you want to go up, please remember not to take the shortest waiting line. It’s the one without the elevators and believe me, it’s a really long walk all the way up.
And now for something not so well know to people. A bookshop. Near the Notre dame, there’s a really cute bookshop called Shakespeare and company. They actually have to shops next to each other. One which sells really old and expansive first edition books and one that sells just second hand books. Their sci-fi and fantasy collection is really small, but what’s great is that every book you buy get’s a stamp from the store in it. Be sure to check it out!
And if you are there, you might as well go see the Notre dame. It’s a nice church and all and most people know it from the Disney movie, the hunchback of the Notre dame.
Another cool and maybe creepy thing to go see is the catacombs. Around the 18th century the city of Paris was expanding and the graveyards where full, so they decided to place all the bones underground. The bones of about 6 million people are placed in the underground mining tunnels. And they did a great job with it. Remember to wear sensible shoes, because it’s a long walk. More than 130 steps lead you down, then a 2km walk and 83 steps to get back up.`
I hope you enjoyed my brief summary of what to see in Paris and what to do.
So hope to see you next time, love your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.