'Tout commence par un rêve
It took a long while for me to decide to post anything here since my spontaneous 30-day European adventure last October. Everything felt so unreal and I wanted to allow myself to take each and every moment, not talk about it, and just let the magical experience sink in. But now, I am finally ready to write something, because stuff like this needs to be documented!
1. The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. The Spy, a book based on the life of Mata Hari written by Paulo Coelho sparked my curiosity about Paris and the famous tower. (I actually have a little replica of the Eiffel Tower at my bedside table.) Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time is surreal, simply because it is so much bigger and grander in real life! Literally, a massive display of ambition and power for the whole world to see.
2. Open Tour Paris Bus
Since this is a rock and roll, spur of the moment, kind of trip with my senior mom, I had to find a way to move around Paris as convenient and comfortable as possible. Thus, I've decided that getting an Open Tour Bus ticket is the best way to go. The company has the most routes compared to other tour buses, which allowed us to cover more areas in just two days. We also did not have to worry about getting ourselves in the right direction since the bus provided a map and they also have a mobile app to track bus stops.
3. Majestic Structure of Art EVERYWHERE
There is a reason why Paris is known as the most beautiful city in the world. Every building in every corner of the street is a piece of art. I can only imagine the amount of work for the sculptures inside and outside the massive buildings. Even the doors of random commercial establishments seem to tell a story in some shape or form, like an intricate painting or woodwork. It's almost like there is a common goal for each architecture, to make sure that everything built in Paris is the best in the world.
4. Food (bread!!!)
Let's just say, the food is so great they didn't even make it to my camera! I love the Parisian bread and pastries. Especially the croissant, crunchy on the outside and very soft and warm from the inside. I took home assorted French Macarons from Opera Cafe on the way home and I would love to have some with a hot tea right now. This is so frustrating to recall. :(
5. French Breakfast
My short stay in Paris is mostly just sight-seeing and walking along the busy streets underneath the fall trees with the most special person in my life - my Mom. Before we ride a train back home, we had a pleasant breakfast in a random cafe near our hotel and I took this picture of her. I wouldn't want to experience this with anybody else. :)
Overall, our Paris tour is one hell of a dream come true. I still have a long list of things that I wanted to do in Paris, like museum tours and visiting Versailles Palace so I am definitely sure that I will come back soon! :)