One Day In Paris, France
Updated: Jun 19, 2019
During our first family trip to Europe, we started the journey in Greece and ended it in Italy but Makai REALLY wanted to see Paris, so his mom made it happen by booking one day and two nights there. We made the journey in May, so the weather was still a little cool. We landed in Paris and we were welcomed by the cold and the rain. We debated between taking public transportation from the airport to our hotel close to the Eiffel Tower district but between our lack of understanding of French, the weather, and the wear and tear of travel, we decided to take a taxi and save the adventure for the next day.
We arrived at our hotel (Novotel Paris Expo Porte de Versailles) where the staff was very nice and accommodating and it was very helpful that they spoke English. We were all very hungry, so we dropped our bags and ate at a little restaurant across the street. We had very high expectations of French cuisine, but at this first stop we either all ordered the wrong things, or the restaurant was a dud.
After a few hours of rest, we ordered an Uber from the hotel to venture out in the cold and rain to see the lights of the Eiffel Tower. As we got closer to the landmark we could feel the energy and excitement building. We had arrived at the iconic monument that we (especially Makai) had been dreaming of. As we wandered around the tower in awe of its graneur, we could only imagine what it would be like to go up the tower.
The next day, we woke up early, a bit apprehensive about our upcoming day trip since we had read that the view from The Tower may not be so great on a rainy or cloudy day, but to our great surprise, the sun was shining! We were ready to take on the public transportation system and because of Makai's mom's careful planning, there was a subway terminal directly across the street from the hotel that would take us within minutes of the Tower. After a bit of help from the information desk within the subway terminal (also equipped with an English speaking agent), we made our way towards the monument. We made a stop within a walking distance from our destination in search of a crêperie, and found a gem.
Delicious, delicious crêpes! We were the only customers in a six-table crêperie and it was exactly what we were hoping for. The flavors... the textures... what a way to start the day!
After a delicious breakfast, we got back on the subway in search of the Eiffel Tower. We had tried to buy tickets to enter the tower months previously, but they were already all sold out for the day that we were planning on visiting the tower. As we walked up we understood why it is best to buy tickets in advance. The lines were tremendous! But this was the main stop on our Paris trip so we waited... and waited... and waited. Luckily, Makai kept himself busy by chasing pigeons around the plaza.
Over three hours later we made our way to the front of the line. Maybe it was all of the anticipation, maybe we were delirious from standing in the cold, or maybe it was the fact that we were being elevated to the top of one of the most iconic towers in the world, on a day with seemingly infinite visibility, but it was as majestic as we had hoped and made our one day in Paris complete.
We came down from the most literal high ever!