For the second time in my life, I went to Paris, because as they all say… Paris is always a good idea! Being from the humble city of Melbourne, I sometimes forget how big and busy other metropolitan cities are around the world. So I end up feeling slightly overwhelmed when I arrive, which is what happened when I disembarked at Paris-Gare de Lyon. The station was crazy busy and I had no idea where to go. I found a somewhat quiet corner, took a deep breath, and then referred to my map to find my hotel.
After walking in the rain for 30 minutes I finally found my hotel. I checked-in and quickly made my way to my room to warm myself up with a nice hot shower. It was the evening so I spent my first night hunting for food and planning my days. There is an amazing restaurant in Bastille called L’Ange 20 where I ate their delicious lamb fondant with sautéed potatoes, followed by a heavenly orange custard dessert, which I have just noticed is not on the menu as I write this! I have no doubt that their other desserts are just as divine.
After dinner, I studied the map of Paris in my hotel and realised the city is HUGE! You’re probably thinking; how did I not know that already? The thing is, I did know but it still came as a shock. To make things a bit easier for myself, I started my first day in Paris with a free walking tour with SANDEMANs, a worthwhile tour if you want to get your bearings and experience Paris under the unique guidance and perspective of a local. I spent the rest of the day seeing the most popular sights on foot – Notre Dame, Louvre, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Tour Eiffel.
Now, I am finally going to get to the reason why I have titled this post “A Sister’s Guide to Paris.” In a nutshell, my sister used to live in Paris so she gave me a list of things to do that reflected her favourite things in the city. I created an itinerary based on my sister’s suggestions and as a result, had a wonderful day exploring Paris through the eyes of an adopted Parisian.
Even with the heavy fog, you can’t go wrong with fall foliage and the eternal grandeur of the Eiffel Tower.