If you're like me, visiting Paris but only got about a day to explore this majestical city, then read on to find out how I spent my layover time in here :)
SAINT MICHEL NOTRE DAME
Its my first time flying to Paris, so you could imagine my excitement when I was pre-planning the trip. The rainy and cold weather didn't discourage me to go out at all, I have no interest in resting whilst in city I've never been.
Our hotel is a little bit distant from central Paris, but I did my homework and thus its a breeze to find out the way to get to city. First stop, I went to this station Saint Michel Notre Dame. Oh and did I mention? I'd met some other lone travellers on my train ride there and we start talking on travelling and found we have so many common interest! Gotta love these kind of impromptu meet up, really.
Theres many cafes and traditional Parisian-style kind of stores along Saint Michel walkaway, very European feel throughout. Initially I was here as its the meeting spot for a complimentary Paris tour, which I did for about over an hour, over raining weather. Then, me and another girl in the group decides to just go on our own after visiting Louvre Pyramid. We stopped by coffee shop, warm ourselves up before continuing.
One of the main reason to go our own instead of continuing with the free tour is this. Those free tours often advertised themselves as covering A to Z of Paris in a day, including "view of Eiffel tower". You know what that means, don't you? Yes, it simply mean just the view, from far far away, so if it rains, fogy weather, then too bad no Eiffel view for you! That's basically what happened on my free tour.
But of course, I'm not gonna leave Paris without first seeing this iconic tower. Hence, we decide to leave the tour and go on our own. Really grateful to find a kind hearted/common interest travel mate within the group to visit this tower together!
OPERA DE PARIS
Opera feels like the 'Times Square' of Paris, it have everything especially in terms of shopping! There's also a public musical performance whilst I was there, truly blissful experience :)
From there I headed back and visited the huge shopping mall near our hotel. Oh and theres this awesome supermarket 'Auchan' its so hugeee, just love it! One thing about me is that I love visiting supermarket whilst in foreign country, it just tells you so much about the local preference etc. Plus, you can stock up some unique delicacy too!
My stay in Paris has been a pleasant one, really happy to cover so much in a day! I'm already looking forward for my next trip!
//ps: I returned Paris about 7jan, few days later I heard about that Charlie Hebdo shooting, its definitely shocking especially for the locals there. It'll get better, stay strong Paris!!