Did you even go to Paris if you didn’t get pictures at the Louvre (or if you’re an Instagram gal having your partner snap a picture of you sipping an oat milk latte at the eyewateringly-expensive cafe that looks over the famed museum? But, I digress. The pull was just too much.
Being in Paris, for some reason, has cemented the idea that I’m going to move countries in 2020. Other cultures have always fascinated me, in fact, my boyfriend and I have travelled extensively across the globe looking for somewhere to call ‘home’ and not just another pin to add to our ‘where we’ve travelled’ globe poster. We’ve decided this home will be in Ontario, Canada- with hot, hot summers and freezing winters. Where we can go hiking, skiing or swim in a warm lake and drive to all those destinations.
If you ever find yourself in Paris, prepare to become broke real fast! Travelling around rival London, but food, shopping and site seeing is not easy on the wallet.
My boyfriend and I stayed in a beautiful Airbnb studio, in the centre of Paris, minutes walk from the Notre Dame (which I’d highly recommend seeing even while it undergoes its restoration). The studio was set in a square littered with cute eateries, bars and bigger restaurants just a few streets along. This was probably my first mistake because although the surroundings were beautiful, they’d capitalised on that and dinners were pretty much 3-figures a night. Also, if you’re partial to a cheeky Uber Eats, fast food isn’t really a thing like it is in London. McDonald’s- or McDo does serve cooler sounding food, but it lacks the familiar greasy taste (France have very strict regulations on fast food) and they’ll charge you way more for the privilege. Honestly, it wasn’t all negative and we went to a beautiful Argentinian steak house, a fantastic Thai restaurant and the biggest highlight- having a three-course-meal in the Eiffel tower (even though I couldn’t stomach the duck foie gras).