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Discovering Paris in Spring

Paris is always a good idea- Paris and it's surroundings.

by carotnAbout Me:I am an art, history, adventure and Disney lover. I love seeing magic everywhere, and there’s nowhere better to do that than while travelling. The best feeling in the world is to be able to stare at huge buildings or monuments and admire i... read more

EuropeFrance7 days / April 2017

Highs & Lows

Walking up to Mont Saint-Michel.

Not being prepared for the cold winds.

Itinerary Overview

This trip was actually a surprise for me, so I didn’t get to do most of the planning before hand but more on the road; I even packed for the wrong weather. Still, it was an amazing trip.

We started the trip by flying to Paris, via New York. After a long connection we finally arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport and took a bus to the city, where we walked for a while before heading to the hotel. We stayed at the Hotel de L’Europe, by the Gare de l’est.

Paris is an amazing city, with so much to see and do; it is filled with history and art, it makes you wander at every street corner. I believe what I loved the most about Paris was the feeling while walking through such beautiful streets and by the Seine. This city has some of the most wonderful museums in my opinion, from the famous Louvre, to the Orsay and Rodin’s house; as well as wonderful monuments which might even include streets themselves. Paris is a city that is considered a work of art, but this and its history do not keep it from being a modern city filled with life, entertainment and shopping of all kinds. From the Champs-Élysées to Galeries Lafayette and everything in between. It’s the perfect place to find any type of dinning, any store and to never stop during the day. There is a romantic and magical air about the city, which lights up every building you pass by, be it a simple residential home or Notre Dame itself.

During our days in Paris we made a daytrip to Mont Saint-Michel, a beautiful castle that turns into a stand-alone island at night when the tide rises. It stands at about a four-hour drive away from Paris, but the trip is more than worth it. We took a tour bus which left us nearby the castle and allowed us to walk up to it, staring at all its splendor. There is nothing more magical than walking into the fortress and towards the monastery through the medieval buildings and staircases, making it all look straight out from a book or movie. This has got to be one of the most magical places I’ve visited.

A few days before ending our journey, we spent the night over by Disneyland, in order to fully take advantage of the parks. The park is about forty minutes away from Paris by train and it has become a small town. Here we stayed at the Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, one of the parks hotels which is just a short walk away from the park’s entrance. For this visit we were also extremely lucky without noticing it until the day arrived. We chose the days to spend there at random, and by pure coincidence one of these days was the exact day of the parks 25th Anniversary, which meant we got to celebrate and enjoy all the special occasion shows that the park had that day; it made everything even more magical than it already was.

  • 6 Nights: Paris
    Walking through a work of art
  • Day trip: Mont Saint-Michel
    Castle Island
  • 1 Night: Boulevard de Parc
    25th Anniversary at the park

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would pack a warmer jacket.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Nothing really.

  • How was the food?

    Great places of all types, my recommendation is to stop by a café to eat a chocolate crepe and drink something.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Check for places around Paris that you want to visit, but make sure you have more than enough time to discover the city itself.

  • Packing tips?

    Even though it was spring, and the weather was rather on the warm side, Paris is known for its cold winds which can freeze you in a second, so my recommendation is a nice jacket and maybe a scarf.

  • Transportation Tips?

    I am a fan of walking, so mainly that; besides that, the subway is good as well as the buses.

  • Booking details?

    I make most of my reservations on Expedia or directly on the hotel websites.