Day 187 - 198 : One Night in Paris (x10)

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Mar 23, 2011

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, September 25, 2010

What can I say about Paris that hasn't been said before?

A city of romance, terribly expensive, great baguettes and cheese, consistently grey and sterile architecture bar the landmarks, some of the most amazing artworks from all around the world housed within metres of each other, surrounded by rude and miserable locals or dazed and confused tourists, fantastic walkways, horrific driving, cheap wine and dog shit everywhere.

Clearly a city of extremes, it was no different for us – starting rather roughly (Paris was not kind those first few nights) but ending fantastically. After some problems with our accommodation, we partook in our first night in a hostel for the entire trip – something we really wanted to avoid – before being rescued by our 2 favourite Parisians (who are not at all rude or miserable).

We then CS’d our way through the remaining nights of our Paris leg and it all started to turn around for us. We took in the museums, a lot of museums actually - visiting all the majors and then some - which took up the majority of our days. We then spent the evenings with our CS hosts (our saviours plus a third to round off our last few days) who were amazingly generous and fun to be with –a real highlight of our trip so far (not just the Paris leg either) - cooking and chatting the night away.

We also found time to clock up the vital tourists attractions, see some theatre, learn a little French as well as attending the full 12hrs of Nuit Blanche – an overnight (7pm to 7am) art and cultural exhibition across Paris. This was amazing, but one of the most exhausting things we’ve ever done, due to the sheer amount of walking required as the metro and buses stop early in the morning or simply don’t take you where you need to be. My knees hurt more than after Oxfam.
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