Was it Worth it? And Other Thoughts About Short Trips
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I've been having a difficult time writing posts about Paris because so many posts and guidebooks already exist. That doesn't mean that I didn't have a different experience during my trip, it just means that I've been stuck for a way to sum it up meaningfully. Actually, I didn't really think of something to write about until today - Wednesday morning, 7:56 am (Vilnius Time). Wow, I've been last minute lately.
This morning though, I remembered questions from some friends and colleagues about the trip. Several people wondered how you could see a place in such a short amount of time. So basically, "Was visiting Paris for only a few days worth it?" My answer: YES. Audrey Hepburn sums it up perfectly (when was she ever wrong?), "Paris is always a good idea."
Paris is a huge city with so much to see and do that in our three-day visit we probably only saw about 1/30 (or less?) of what's out there. As a first-time visitor to Paris I am perfectly fine with that. Because we had a short amount of time, we also prioritized what we wanted to see (the Eiffel Tower, Shakespeare and Company, and an art museum) and skipped things with lines that were just too long. Probably to everyone's shock and horror we didn't go in the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Louvre because waiting in the two-hour line would have just eaten up so much time. That is what the next visit will be for! This quick trip absolutely makes me want to visit again, and again, and again.
I'm also of the opinion that going anywhere for any amount of time is better than not going. So what if we only were in Paris for about three days? We still saw some incredible things (oh the Monet paintings!), wandered the winding streets, and ate amazing food. Too me, that sounds like a great trip.
Have you ever visited somewhere for a short amount of time? Do you think it is 'worth it?'