October 30, 2015 | 11:37 AM (Paris Time)
Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport
Cathay Pacific Flight CX907 to HK -> MNL
Got to the airport early to finish up our tax refunds and check in for an easygoing time today. Our plane is bound to leave at around noon, so I’m killing a bit of time by starting this blog post.
I’m eating a tomato and cheese salad while writing this to keep me awake, and I’m bracing myself for the 12 hour flight ahead of me. Mom and I just finished shopping around the airport a bit to keep us occupied.
Anyway, here’s a recap of my week in Paris.
Visiting this city has been a bucket list goal for me since I was around 5 years old. I still remember how I discovered Paris; I came across the Eiffel Tower in a travel book and I asked my parents if I could go there one day. They would always tell me “When you’re older” or “When you turn 18”, so I waited. Little did I know, that time would come sooner than I imagined.
It was a nice escape from my previously busy life in Manila. Having just finished my first semester’s activities, I felt like myself again (read: not having to worry about schoolwork and deadlines). One of the things that made the trip extra special was getting to spend it with just my mom. It’s our first trip together, and I’m glad it was at Paris.
Being the art and history junkie of my family, I had a lot of requests as to where we would be going. The Louvre Museum was a must, of course, but we also found the Orsay Museum and I did some art hoarding at Magasin Sennelier. Also, I’m not that into architecture, but literally every building I entered was picture worthy. Parisian architecture is truly something different, which can be see from the atrium of the Galeries Lafayette to the interior of the Musée d’Orsay.
Our trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its most famous landmark, now wouldn’t it? The Eiffel Tower was more magnificent than I’ve ever imagined. I knew it was just a tower that was made of iron, but when I took a closer look, each panel, each support had its own detail.
We even had lunch at Le Jules Verne, the famous restaurant on the second level of the tower. The food was amazing, as expected.
Another memorable experience for me was visiting the Opéra Garnier. I’ve loved the musical The Phantom of the Opera for a long time, and getting to see where it was based on was a gigantic Broadway musical fangirl moment for me.
Enough about the more famous attractions. though. One place we visited that truly deserves a mention is the Montmartre district. Known as the artsy district of France, I had so much fun walking around this quaint, little town. Place du Tertre (the main plaza) is what you see when you climb about 6 flights of stairs (yeah, I know), and it’s filled with street artists selling works or conjuring up quick portraits of tourists. I had one done, of course : )
We even visited churches! Normally, churches don’t interest me when I travel, but the ones we visited were beautiful. The three we went to were Eglisé Saint-Sulpice, Sacre-Cœur at Montmartre, and of course, the Notrê-Dame Cathedral. What I found the most amazing about these places were they didn’t look the same. Each church had a different personality, and this reflected a specific point in history of France.
As I’m writing this, I’m excited to go back home and get into my daily grind. This trip was a great way for me to recover from all the stress I’ve been handling recently at school. It’s amazing what a few days in another place can do to your perspective on the world – I’ve never felt more alive and bursting with happiness after the trip. Merci beaucoup and au revoir, Paris! I had the most amazing time and I can’t wait to see you again.