So, big announcement, I am finally in PARIS!
I can't believe I haven't been here yet, but now the day has come and I am writing to you from the bed in our lovely airbnb flat in the second arrondissment of Paris.
Because I have been dreaming of Paris for such a long time I was terrified that I would end up dissapointed and that my vision of Paris couldn't live up to my expectations. And for quite a long time I almost thought that was what was gonna happen. We woke up early this morning and heading to Edinburgh Airport. The problems started with us not being able to check in cause the check in-automats was not working, we later figured out that we didn't need to check in cause we already had the boarding passes somehow. Then we almost had to run to the gate to board just as the gate was closing. We got on the plane and it was then delayed with over 30 minutes because someone hadn't boarded yet. But eventually we got away. Since we had to hurry to the gate, we had not had any time for breakfast. The only thing we had had that morning was some blueberries and some whiskys since we tasted some in the duty free shop before realizing the boarding had started much sooner than expected. But luckily enough they served us coffee and also beautifully delicious croissants. I am usually not a fan of them since they are usually dry and to crispy, but these were magical, just enough crisp and not dry at all.
When we got to Paris we had some trouble finding what train we were taking and found out there is a strike going on which is why the trains were not going as frequently as they usually are and they didn't stop where they usually did either. In the middle of trying to find the right train and getting off at the wrong stations and running about, I tried to contact the concierge that were meeting us at the flat to let us in, but that was a problem all of it's own. Called a number that told me to call another number that told me to call another number that didn't pick up. Eventually we found out that the concierge firm had been changed and that we couldn't come to the flat on the time we had previously decided but we had to wait another few hours before we could get in. With no food in our stomachs and also having a brain feeling like it can't handle more problems, we found a nice little restaurant that served burgers around the corner from where the flat was. Sat down outside at a table and had a lovely chicken burger with avokado and bacon, whilst admiring Paris. Cause as soon as I stepped outside the train station and saw the stunning architecture of one of the many churches of Paris - I was captured. I may not want to leave.
We eventually got to at least leave our bags at the flat, so we did and then went for a stroll. I found some sparkling water without sweeteners or sugar (Swedes, think Ramlösa or Loka), which I have missed tremendously, and also got some new nail polish. Then we arrived at the Seine and walked along it for a bit before heading back to the flat, passing by a Franprix (french supermarket) to shop some breakfast and dinner (and wine, bien sûr). We went for chicken fajitas (and a red bordeaux) and tomorrow morning we're having ham and goat's cheese baguettes with orange juice and coffee. Yaay!
We are also going on a boat cruise on the Seine tomorrow and then we are exploring the Marais area and walking down the Champs Elysées. And we just realized we live on the same street as a whisky shop (what are the odds?!) so might go past there for a dram as well. Might also hire some bikes and travel through Paris that way, instead of having to go on the tube.
Wednesday we are heading to Disneyland and Thursday is not planned at all yet. So excited to discover Paris!