Anyway, I'm here now, and I'd like to share some snippets of my holiday with you ☺
First off, our trip didn't start with the right foot at all. Our flight was due at 2PM of the 12th, but once at the airport we were told that it had a 2 hours delay due to the snowstorm happening in Paris.
A two hours delay was a real bummer, we had a lot of stuff planned for the afternoon since we would have landed at about 5PM and had the whole afternoon free, but at least our flight wasn't cancelled as some others flights departing from the Orly Airport.
After two hours our plane wasn't ready yet.. and long story short, after 8 hours waiting at the airport, we finally left for Paris and landed safely despite the snowstorm at 10PM.
You can't really see from these pictures but the snow was a LOT and it snowed all night.
Anyway, as it wasn't enough already, the bus we ere supposed to take from the airport to the city centre was suspended and we didn't really know what to. Luckily enough we stumbled into two Italians and grouped with them and decided to split the taxi fare (apparently 80€) to get into the city centre together. BUT, surprise: there was a (not exaggerating) two hundred people queue to take a taxi, because most of theme got stuck somewhere because the snow, so we (since we were freezing and were so, so tired), decided to try and see if the RER (the train) was operative and could have taken us to a less deserted place. I'll save you our panic attacks and breakdowns, but just know what the RER wasn't working either and that the snow was starting to fall heavier, the Italian girl that was with us fainted, and a policeman basically told us we would have had to sleep at the train station because there would have been no trains until the next day.. In the meanwhile it was 2AM and we, as I said, were knee deep in s***, and decided to head at the airport to at least keep ourselves warm.
A split second before we stepped foot inside, we heard a man screaming that he had 6 spots in his car and that he was willing to drive anyone to their hotel for 20€. You bet we launched ourselves inside this man's car, without a care if it was illegal and for the price, because we could barely stand still at that point. Everything turned out good, luckily. This man was really nice and drove us right in front of our hotel and definitely saved us from an horrible night and the chance to lose our reservation at the hotel; so Merci Monsieur, whoever you were!
(Ok, sorry for the very long intro, but it was necessary! Go ahead for more pics and less blahblah~)
Day 1, March 13th~
Pics: our "view" from the hotel room. It wasn't panoramic, but I love Parisian architecture so it was good enough for me! ~ The snow!
So we headed towards the Grand Halle of the Villette to enjoy Amon Tobin's visual show (that you can watch here if interested - it's cool, trust me!).
Day 2, March 14th (aka my Bday!)~
Since it was my birthday, my boyfriend let me decided all the activities for the day ♥
After another yummy breakfast at Starbucks, we headed towards the rive gauche, getting a beautiful view of the river Seine and Notre Dame, and crossing the Pont Neuf.
Next stop, was Notre Dame, obviously, as it's just opposite to the bookstore.
Later on, we recovered our strength eating some bagels (our new favourite food!!) in a New York style kind of place.
Soon after, we were on our way to the Louvre!
|Beyeren / Monet|
Don't get me wrong, the painting itself is gorgeous, and I dare anyone not to be fascinated with it; but maybe because of the HUGE pack of people perpetually in front of it snapping pictures, pushing and shouting, you're not able to enjoy the view as much as you should/would.
Incredibly tired, we got back at our hotel and my boyfriend threw me a surprise party (LOL!) and even got me cake (apple pie, my fave) with candles! After our little party, we ended up the celebrations at the Hard Rock Cafè, getting tipsy on Margaritas and beer and enjoying the ever so delicious California Burger. Best birthday ever? I'd say so!
This post is incredibly long.. and it's only about the first two and a half days.. so I'll be making another one soon, and hope you won't mind reading about my little travel adventure ☺
Thank you so much for reading so far, and thank you for all the birthday wishes I received even tho I was away!
What was your best birthday celebration?
Have a wonderful day,