Last year Brandon was required to fly back to the States for a week-long orientation in Florida. Being the nice husband that he is, he invited me to come along. I wasn’t crazy about leaving our dog Malcolm for a week, but since my legs hadn’t seen real sunshine in 6-7 months (thanks, Scotland) I was excited to spend some quality time on the beach – covered in SPF 70 (seriously, Scotland… thanks).
On our way back home from Orlando to Aberdeen, B surprised me with a long layover in Paris. We had cancelled travel plans to France earlier in the month due to a visa fiasco and he thought this would be fun. One night in Paris? How romantic! Other than me screaming in the middle of the night because of our Air France flight suddenly dropping over the Atlantic, travel arrangements and planning went smoothly.
If you ever decide to travel from the United States to Europe with a long layover in between, the first thing you should know is that you’ll be terribly sleepy. We originally had big plans for Paris but our jet lag definitely interfered. Still, it was wonderful to roam around and take it easy. Not having plans is sometimes more enjoyable than rushing around like crazy tourists, which we usually are.
We were able to explore the Louvre, have lunch at a few cafes and experience the Eiffel Tower at night, but next time I’d like to make a stop at Notre Dame, see if there are any offers to the Paris Disneyland and take photos of the Arc de Triomphe.
Even though Paris is a crowded and popular tourist destination, and people can sometimes be not so nice, there’s a liveliness about the city that will keep us coming back for more. Oh, and the food? That might be the best part.
Have you even spent one night in Paris, France? Or anywhere for that matter.
Filed Under: France, Paris, Travel