Day 1: Pinch Yourself!
Paris is a dream come true.
Extraordinary architecture, quintessential cuisine, streets studded with inspirational dressing and design- the city is a celebration. It welcomes you to a world of unparalleled art, food and music (everything you'd travel to Europe for). And when there's so much that surrounds you in a city, you'd love to keep it solo. My trip to Paris was a two-day affair which included my travel to and from. So, as a girl without a plan (that I am even in general), I booked the bus from Brussels to Paris and booked the cheapest place to lodge in the last hour.
The bus journey was pleasant but I was restless. I couldn't help but stay wide awake from all the excitement I was holding in, while everyone around me slept peacefully. So, I flipped a page of my Rumi book I was reading and landed on a quote which said:
"Live in the nowhere you came from even though you have an address here"
That's when I realized how 'at home' I felt on these roads unknown. And even though the ride got a little bumpy, I had the most comfortable nap of my life knowing that for once, I was heading right.
I got off the bus and walked for good 10 minutes to find the metro station in Bercy and took a metro to Montmarte, where I had booked a room. I reached safely and was instantly proud of myself. I wondered how I grew up a lot more this trip than I did in the last decade.
Day 2: Explore and Embrace
Stepped outside the hotel (read as hostel) room and inhaled the Parisian air. The fresh fragrance of coffee and crepes sank in my soul as I set out to explore the city I've been wanting to go to since I was a kid. My ride and guide? The Paris Metro, quick and easy! Since there was no plan on what place to visit first, I decided to go alphabetically.
First stop, Arc De Triomphe