Spite a number of setbacks I am still so in awe with Paris. First I caught a cold, then I was unable to master the technique required to open my apartment door and was locked out for over 45 minutes on my first night. Sick and extremely tired all I wanted to do was go to sleep. It’s safe to say a few tears and frantic phone calls were made that night. Then, as I was making my way to my Viator Tour of the Loire Valley that I was so looking foward to, I fell down the stairs in the Metro resulting in a busted elbow and some stitches. All this and only two days in.
Nonetheless I got on with it and made the most of my time in Paris, spending the day exploring. I dscovered beautiful architecture everywhere I turned and walking along the River Seine made for a delightful day. I have rented an apartment in the Latin Quarter from http://www.my-apartment-in-paris.com who have a vast range of apartments for rent and communicate well in English with their clients. This one in particular is in a very central location and secure building. With the Metro, cafe’s, the River Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedrale at your door. I highly suggest a visit to this website if you are staying for a week or more. Having access to a kithcen and washing machine is pricesless. Besides being in such a central location allowed us to return to the apartment for meal breaks most days, thus saving quite a bit of money.
As someone who travels a lot, I love free things, free visits especially and even more, free tours. http://www.discoverwalks.com/paris-walking-tours/ provide free walking tours all over paris in various locations and times. You pay what you feel like at the end in form of a tip.Bonus: English speaking guides and a locals introduction to Paris.
For history buffs like me, Les Invalides should be high on your list of places to visit. This is the old quarters for injured soldiers turned into a Military Museum, housing Napoleon’s Tomb. It is best value for money if you rent an audio guide, available in many languages, as it guides you around the enormous museum. You can choose themed tours, focusing on just Napoleon himself, Charles de Gaulle or both the World Wars, plus a variety of other information. The battery life of the Ipod lasts 3 hours and they are more than happy for you to return it for a recharged one, they want nothing more than for you to fully enjoy your experience.
I’ll say one thing about the French, spite their somewhat bad reputation at times, they love their city. Nothing gives me pleasure than walking around one of the many Parisian gardens watching people lunch, play and simply enjoy their city and the sunshine. Jardin du Luxembourg is also at my doorstep and is a beautiful garden well worth a visit and a stroll. Fantastic views no matter where you place yourself, with the Palace and fountain at one end and the Eiffel Tower behind it.
That’s all for now, off to do some more exploring today.