Hey guys!

I hope all of you are doing fine. I have been staying home for the past week and I am sooo obsessed with Korean cosmetic products at the moment that I am spending way too much money on it. I will make a review and vlog about my Korean cosmetics obsession soon.

For the meantime, I want to share to you my first-ever Eurotrip last 2017. Unfortunately, I only got time to publish this since I am so good at procrastinating. hahaha

I visited Paris, Rome and Barcelona.

It has been a year since I visited my first European country. It was a dream come true for me visiting those metropolitans of which I have only seen on TV when I was kid.

For my first stop, Let me introduce to you the City of Light: Paris, France.

Ohh, la la Bonjour Paris!

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tour Eiffel

Visiting Paris for the first time was amazing! I cannot even describe what I felt the moment our plane landed. It felt utterly surreal seeing, smelling, breathing, tasting and experiencing Paris. I stayed in Paris for 5 days and I can assure you that those days were not enough to savour the undeniable beauty of this city. I fell in love with the City of Light!

Upon choosing the place to stay, we chose the Bastille District in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissement. You can use this as a guide so that you can easily decide which part of Paris you want to stay in and check which attractions are nearby.

We stayed in Un Hôtel à Bastille (ex Campanile Bastille). It was a 2 star hotel in a quiet district of Bastille and near to the metro. The nearest metro were Bréguet-Sabin and Chemin Vert. I was extremely pleased with the location because it was really accessible to some attractions, bars, restaurants and shops. Plus, every Sunday there is Marché Bastille (Bastille Market) at the square. You can enjoy the typical Parisan breakfast and enjoy live music and great food at a very affordable prices. Luckily, I was able to experience this Sunday market and I enjoyed it so much. The weather was fine and the food was great. At last, I was living the Parisan dream.

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Local shop serving Parisan breakfast

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Chocolate Crêpe
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with my amazing friends
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I do believe these were Kenyan foods
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our last before we head to Rome

This was on our last day in Paris and I was soo glad to experience this before we fly to Rome.

The first thing we visit in Paris was the Palace of Versailles. I always caught myself daydreaming about the opulent lifestyle of Marie Antoinette. The Palace of Versailles is located outside of Paris. We took a train to go there and if I remember it correctly it cost 7.50€ per ride.

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Train station going to Versailles
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typical French village
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Train station with my good old cup of joe

It was quite cold during our visit. I really love the ambience of this town. Cloudy and cold. Autumn feeling in Summer, my kind of weather.

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The Palace of Versailles was notoriously known for its luxurious design and vastness. It was an incredible moment seeing this palace for the first time. This place can be extremely touristy during Summer, so I do recommend you visiting this place during off season (November to March) to fully enjoy your stay and appreciate the place. When we arrived there, I was baffled to see the queue of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of the lavish lifestyle of the late queen of France.

You can check my little vlog here.

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A day was not enough to see the whole palace. Though we got there in the late afternoon still we managed to check most of the rooms in the palace. My favourite part was the garden! I can stay there forever if only I can afford it. But since we were in a tight schedule, we decided to cut our tour short to spend our evening visiting Eiffel tower.

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Amazing building design and I hoped to see what’s inside.

We decided to go back to our hotel and changed our outfit. It’s time to see my dear darling Eiffel.

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Paris is always a good idea!

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River Seine

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Lighting up every 9 in the evening

We didn’t stay that long and we have decided to go back to Bastille and have our dinner there. You can check my mini vlog here.

Thanks to my amazing friend Soufian for inviting us to dinner and bringing us to this lovely Italian restaurant in République. The place was well known for its nightlife, for it was full of great restaurants and bars.

For this trip, I became a tourist. I had a momentary quite essential Parisan life but unable to explore it thoroughly since it was the peak season. The ubiquitous tourists flocking to the City of Light brought disappointment to me. It is safe to assume that everyone wanted to experience this Parisan dream.

Too many places to see, so little time. “Oh Paris, when can I have an alone time with you again?”

Paris has a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to my next visit to this wonderful city. Here are some of the snapshots during my stay in Paris.. I hope you enjoy it!

As I packed my suitcase and bid my Au revoir to the glitz and glamour of this city, I know in my heart that  I left my heart in Paris!

xoxo

A.

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