After nearly six months of straight traveling I arrived at my last destination before home- Paris! I had my two buddies with me and we got an Airbnb (not in the best area, which is why they won’t trust me to pick the place next time!) and we made lots of cheese plates and drank lots of Champagne. Because Paris!! Out of all the cities I had been to, Paris seemed like the biggest and busiest. I had been to France earlier in my trip, but was mainly in small towns camping.
The Parisians were pretty different from the Scots and it was an adjustment to try to fit in the culture. Not to mention I was walking around in my ripped up shoes and worn out clothes. The transportation took some getting used to (metro patrol threatened to have me arrested), and it took a little while to figure out restaurant protocol in the less touristy areas.
For the majority of my trip, Jason and I weren’t eating out, but instead finding the cheapest thing we could from super markets, so I’d not had any practice at European restaurants. My two friends wanted the experience though, and were nice enough to take me out!
After a couple attempts a waiter told us they never bring the check, and you have to ask. A different waiter then refused to bring it until we asked in French (luckily he was nice enough to teach it to us and now I’ll never forget it. L’addition s’il vous plait). After a whole nine days of not seeming to get it right, we were at our last restaurant before going home. “We’re going to get it this time!”
We ordered wine.
They brought us the check for it. We explained we’d also wanted to order food. So we did.
They brought us the check for that.
But we wanted another glass of wine!
They brought us another check.
After not being able to get the bill our whole trip, we’d somehow managed to get three in one sitting.
Ah well. I’ll be more prepared next time! If I hadn’t been to thirteen different countries in a row then I would’ve taken more time to learn the little things that make up a culture before I got there, but there was so much to see and I just had to learn as I went (and that was fun!).
Paris was absolutely incredible. I was lucky enough to be traveling with an art major who knew all the places and art we should see. Over a week didn’t even seem like enough because there is so much!
I took about a million pictures. For more pictures of the city, click here!
For the outside of the Notre Dame, click here. And here for the interior.
For the Louvre, click here!
If you’re a Jim Morrison fan and want to see the different spots in Paris to go, click here.
For the Arc de Triomphe, click here.
And for the catacombs, click here!
Click here for the gardens of Versailles and here for the palace.