You know those destinations that, no matter how many times you visit, you feel like you just haven’t seen everything you wanted to see? Well, that’s Paris for me. It’s my own fault, really. I keep making the same mistakes, every time I go there!!
Every time I’ve left Paris, I’ve left it a little disappointed because I missed things I knew I wanted to see and made stupid mistakes that slowed down my days. I have loved both my visits to the city of love, but I’m hoping the third time is the charm – because the first two visits did not go as planned.
Let me just tell you this…visiting the Louvre will take a full day. Exploring Notre Dame and surrounding area WILL take a full day. Do not try to cram these two iconic things into the same day, or into a day where you’re also visiting the Catacombs. Because you will be disappointed. (In my case, twice.)
I’ve made this mistake both times I was in Paris, mostly because both times I had less than 48 hours to explore. Strange enough, the Louvre and Notre Dame are the two things I’ve wanted to see THE MOST, and they are the two things that I didn’t have time to see (both times!)
GIVING IN TO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE WANTS
Okay, so I understand that when you’re traveling with other people, compromises need to happen. I get it. I’m not a demanding traveler. I’m more of a pushover, and that’s a big part of the reason why I’ve missed out on the things I’ve wanted to see. Whether it’s agreeing to my boyfriend’s plan of WALKING everywhere when we only had 30 hours in Paris, or agreeing to visit the Catacombs (which are outside the “normal” tourist limits”) – I seem to give in to what the people I’m with suggest, instead of making what I want clear.
TRYING TO DRESS STYLISH INSTEAD OF COMFORTABLE
It’s Paris! The first time I went to Paris, I was relatively new to traveling and wanted to look cute (baret and all). Ridiculous, I know. This just so happened to be the trip where my boyfriend wanted to walk everywhere instead of taking the tourist bus or taxis, so I was trapsing around Paris in high heels, skinny jeans, a shiny top and a cute baret. Not ideal. Don’t do this.
NOT STAYING AT THE EIFFEL TOWER LONG ENOUGH AT NIGHT
Okay, so by the time darkness rolls around, I am utterly exhausted from the travel day. Granted, I usually spend about 2 hours in front of the Eiffel Tower, watching the pretty lights – I still don’t feel like 2 hours is enough!! The Eiffel Tower is beautiful during the day, but at night…there’s something so magical about it, and I always leave Paris wishing I had soaked up as much time in front of those sparkling lights as I could. Who needs sleep, right!?
EXPECTING TOO MUCH
This is a very common problem with a lot of travelers I think, especially when visiting destinations you’ve already seen. It was so fantastic the first time, that you build it up in your mind so that when you finally get there again, it can’t possibly live up to your expectations. I do love Paris, but given the fact that I haven’t seen HALF the iconic sites (Louvre, Notre Dame, Lovers Wall, etc) – I really shouldn’t be THAT obsessed with it yet, right? WRONG. I am in love with Paris, and each time I go I expect it to blow my mind – which usually it doesn’t because I keep making these silly mistakes!
It seems like the only thing I’ve done RIGHT in Paris is somehow managing to take some stunning shots!