First Time in Paris: Things to Do & What to Expect

Being able to visit Paris was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. I never thought I would love Paris as much as I do now. All it takes is just one day in the city of love. Yes, one day.

I, my mom, and my sister were headed to Paris on July 28 for this year’s summer vacation. We’ve been doing this kind of summer trip for three consecutive years and if you still remember it, South Korea made it to our “Countries We Have Visited” list in 2016. We (as in my mom, my sister, and I) wanted to go to Japan this year but for some reasons, we had to cancel it. One of them being not able to see cherry blossoms in the middle of July sounds cliché enough.. so I’m going to keep the others to myself. I didn’t even think that we would make it to this year’s vacation because Japan was the only place we had in our minds, until my sister came up with this idea of going to West Europe instead.

Long story short, we touched down in Paris for our first day of summer vacation and went straight to see the Arc de Triomphe. Louvre was next, but we didn’t enter the museum as we had a full day schedule of visiting other tourist attractions. Both places were so crowded with people mostly from China and India.

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We went to Montparnasse Tower afterwards, which is a 210-metre office skyscraper as well as the place where you can discover the beauty of Paree from the top. We took the elevator to the 56th floor and then three flight of stairs to the 59th to see Paris skyline, including the Eiffel Tower. One word: magical.

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We didn’t have the chance to enter the Eiffel area because the queue to buy the ticket was ridiculously long, so the tour guide took us to this place where we could still see the tower clearly. My favorite part of the day was taking a cruise trip on the Seine River to explore the heart of Paris.

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Our last stop before the hotel was Galeries Lafayette, the place for high-end brands lovers. I don’t have to say much about this department store, pretty sure most of you guys have heard about it. What you need to know, is that there are a lot of little cafes and coffee shops around this area. We stopped at Le Cordial for an early dinner, which is like a 5 to 10 minutes walk from Lafayette, the staffs were nice and the food was pretty good too.

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My impression of Paris: it was such a beautiful city filled with lots of beautiful buildings.. even the sky was prettier than what I usually see. I felt like Paris looks more like a dream or movie than reality. I have to comeback to explore more of it; to experience more of it. It was not fair to “judge” the beauty of it within only one day. Take me to Paris please, anyone?

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