A First-Timer in Paris

Monday, March 2, 2015



My husband, J, is an old-hand at traveling Europe. He has visited so many European countries that I've lost track of everywhere he's been. I, on the other hand, had only visited the UK prior to moving to Lithuania. For me, Europe was (and is) exotic and sophisticated, especially as I was accustomed to staying in Chinese villages and slurping noodles for breakfast. To me, Paris was (and most certainly still is) this sophisticated, modern, untouchable place. When we booked last minute tickets to Paris only two weeks ago, I couldn't even imagine what the 'city of lights and love' would be like. It was just a black hole of unknown, with its iconic Eiffel Tower, dainty desserts, and sprawling art museums. I did; however, know that I'd love it - I've read enough Hemingway (one of my favorite authors - don't judge) to have an idea of the addicted-feeling that Paris just seems to infect many of its visitors with.

Just in case you were wondering, I did love Paris and I would absolutely love to return and spend longer. There is so much more that I want to see! I absolutely think that Paris lives up to it's hype.

Is there anywhere you've visited that you think lived up to its hype? Where didn't?

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10 comments:

  1. Can't wait to hear about your experience as I'm also the only (fairly) well-traveled person I know who's never been to Europe! Well, about a day's worth of layovers, but that's about it :)

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    1. It was so wonderful, Polly! And I'm loving traveling Europe, though I do really miss the extremely cheap Asian food and tropic fruits that are so abundant in SE Asia. I hope Virginia is treating you okay!

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  2. Paris lived it up to the hype for me as well (I fell in love with the city rather quickly). The only city for me that didn't live up to its review was Hallstatt, not for lack of beauty or culture, but mass tourism. Great post!
    Andrea | http://nomoneywilltravel.com

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    1. Paris is such a beautiful city! I'll keep that in mind for Hallstatt, but I'm glad that most places live up to their hype!

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  3. I've never been to Paris, but I visited a place last year that exceeded the hype in my opinion: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. I never took the time to visit (a mere 20 hour round-trip drive from my city) because I assumed it would be overrun with tourists. And it was. But the thermal features were incredible! Plus, the park is huge, so if you're sick of seeing people you can just head to the wilderness. I highly recommend a visit.

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    1. I would LOVE to go to Yellowstone! I'm actually pretty embarrassed about how little of the US I've seen (I'm American!), but flights are just so much more expensive in the US than in Europe or Asia. I'm planning on doing more US travel when we move back to the US in 2016. Yellowstone is at the top of my list.

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    2. There's a ton of awesome stuff to see/do everywhere in the world. :) If you're looking for ideas in the Northeastern or Rocky Mountain regions in the US in 2016+, send me a message! I'd be happy to share some cool/weird stuff to do in either area. But until then, keep exploring the rest of the world!

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    3. Thank you! I've not been to the Rocky Mountains but I'm from New England so I have seen a lot of that area. I'm always discovering more though!

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  4. Los Angeles is a city that totally blew my mind away. Before going there, I had envisioned a city full of fake people and over indulgence based on what I have seen and heard in the media through the years. However, it turns out that Los Angelenos are some of the most hospitable and friendly people that you will meet. There is also a ton to see and do outside from the glitz and glamour that you see in Beverly Hills. Just a gorgeous city all around and the only one that has changed my perception completely 180° within a few days of arriving.

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    1. How interesting! I picture Los Angeles the same way, so I'll have to visit there one day.

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