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Walking Around Paris

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When I was in Paris, I didn’t expect to do as much walking as we did. I totally thought we would be able to Uber every where but when you started walking around, you realized how close everything was and you had this mindset of, “oh, it’s only a 15 minute walk, we can totally do that!” but the more you did that, the more it added up, haha

The first day we were there, after our red eye flight, mind you, we walked over 9 miles! By the end of the day, my hips were in so much pain and my calves were so sore. We saw so much and I absolutely adored the streets of Paris. It’s very quaint and cute.

However, I will say, in the effort of being utterly honest on my blog, that Paris isn’t for me! I didn’t fall in love with it like everyone else apparently does. It’s underwhelming and totally romanticized from movies and a complete letdown. There is nothing in Paris that makes me want to go back (except maybe for the croissants and pastries, haha). I know, don’t yell at me! Not every city is going to be for everyone. I’m in love with England/London and always will be, but you may not be but it’s obviously very subjective and opinion-based. Anyway, from what we did see of Paris, it’s definitely pretty and the architecture is stunning, but there is just something missing for me in Paris. It never evoked that overwhelming ‘omg’ feeling that I got when I was in London.

So I guess after all that, this is my post on what we saw when we were walking around Paris. There’s not much to say about these except you’ll probably recognize a bunch of these famous landmarks so no explanation is needed. There are some photos of buildings in the bunch that I found so European and old that I had to take a snap. Hope you enjoy these snapshots! :)

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Posted on January 05, 2016

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  1. I’ve been there when I was still a student and I loved it. Then I went again few years later and I had the same impression like you. I think I need to go there third time just to check :)

  2. 01/06/2016 at 3:25 am

    Well, you took some very beautiful photos for it not speaking to ya! :D

    • Julie
      01/06/2016 at 6:46 am

      Thank you! :)

  3. Becky Harris
    01/06/2016 at 3:22 pm

    I felt that way when I got to Sydney Australia. I expected it to hit me like Paris, London and New York had but it just didn’t. People thought I was crazy but seeing the Opera House for the first time didn’t even compare to seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time. I guess we all just have our things!

  4. 01/08/2016 at 1:36 pm

    I like your honest opinion! I did like Paris and would go back, but it’s not somewhere I’m super eager to go again for at least a few more years. I went with my sister, and we ended up fighting a lot for various reasons. We were screaming at each other under the Eiffel tower lol. We can luckily laugh about it now but it sure caused tension between us for quite a while! I did a ton of walking in Paris. I don’t think it crossed my mind to take a taxi anywhere (and Uber wasn’t invented yet). Generally most European cities are pretty walkable. When I lived in Prague we walked a LOT. Anyway, due to our fighting, I couldn’t wait to leave Paris. I did like the Champs Elysses and Versailles was really pretty.

  5. Susan P
    01/13/2016 at 12:57 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful. I get what you are saying. It’s very expensive and the people are very rude. I have no desire to go back, however, I’m glad I got to see it.

  6. 03/23/2016 at 4:16 pm

    I feel you on the Paris letdown, it was definitely underwhelming and not the Paris of film and TV. Maybe if you are uber rich and only stay within the confines of Champs Elysees, it can feel like the movies. Not only was everyone rude but I faced quite a bit of racism. More than I can count I had people staring at me and pointing at me muttering “Chinois! La femme Chinois! Nihao” (Chinese! A Chinese Woman”) I’m not even Chinese lol! Very unexpected, but I can laugh about it. Anyways, your photos are beautiful, really enjoyed them.

    • Julie
      03/24/2016 at 8:35 am

      Wow, that’s strange! I didn’t get that in Paris but I definitely didn’t like the vibe there. Not as friendly!

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