Our nomadic journey has encouraged my mum to take her first trip overseas, a step I never thought I’d see her take. And for her first foray overseas, what better way to do it than taking in the sights of Paris, arguably the most beautiful city in the world.
We only had a couple of days in Paris, and the weather was absolutely freezing, although we were lucky we didn’t catch any rain. But sitting upstairs in the open top hop on hop off buses that take you from site to site didn’t help us either. We figured if we were going to see as much of the city as possible in two days, then this was the way to go, and if you’re going to see the city in an open top bus, you might as well sit on top, right?
We managed to see most of the main tourist spots – Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs Élysée, Arc de Triomphe, Musée de Louvre, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, and given recent tragic events in Paris, the offices of Charlie Hebdo. We also did our fair share of walking and stumbled across one or two places that we really liked as well.
Unfortunately I don’t think it has enflamed any embers that may have been smouldering deep inside her to travel now that she’s had her first taste, but she said given her passport cost her so much money she might need to get some use out of it! I hope she does, everyone should experience how the rest of the world goes about their lives, if only to get a different perspective on how life could be lived a little differently.
Our next trip when we leave our current housesitting gig will be a little different. We’ll stay in Paris for 4-5 days, and because the weather will be better, we’ll hire pushbikes instead of using the tourist buses. That way we can go at our own pace and find little treasures that we may have otherwise missed.
Take a look at the video of our trip, and we’ll be bringing you part 2 when Sarah, Jack and I head back to Paris in late March when hopefully the weather is sunnier and we can get much more footage!