Recently I have noticed that I have gotten away from documenting my layovers, which is what this whole blog was based off of! When I first started flying each new place was a grand adventure and I was always eager to explore! Now however, I find myself choosing the same layovers over and over again because I have found the things that I like in those places and I am very content with these cities that are becoming ever so familiar.
Even though I am sitting in Amsterdam right now, I can’t bring myself to do another blogpost about Amsterdam since I am here all the time. As much as I enjoy it, Amsterdam has felt as welcoming as being at home and sometimes that means not doing anything over the top and just sitting around with a couple of beers and casual conversations with my crew members. A layover that has never felt like that for me though is Paris.
The first time that I went to Paris was before I had this job, and honestly it didn’t live up to the expectations that I had for it. When I came on the line I actually avoided going back to Paris and would always try to swap for Amsterdam or London. Now however, after going back a handful of times, this layover is one of my favorites. Something about driving past the Eiffel Tower turns my morning commute into something magical and I can’t help but be reminded of how lucky I am to be doing what I do for a living.
Now I don’t speak French, and I don’t know all the local places to go to, but whenever I am in Paris I have new experiences with different people and each time has been just as memorable as the last! For my flight attendant friends who haven’t been as often and still want to check out the tourist spots and sights, I hope this post helps you feel comfortable enough to go out and check some things off your list.
Obviously the Eiffel Tower is at the top of my list for things to see! I have seen this monument numerous times and each time is just as remarkable. I have seen the sunset from the top, the twinkling lights sparkling all over the tower at night, and have enjoy a picnic in the grass at the bottom with a bottle of champagne and some macaroons! No matter what you choose to do, you will not be disappointed! This experience can be free, or you can pay small fee to take an elevator to the top of the tower!I would recommend doing this at least once in your lifetime because the view is breathtaking!
Another sight that cannot be missed is the Arc de Triomphe. This memorial stands in the center of a busy street at the end of the Champs-Élysées. There is an underground tunnel that you can take to the center and once you are there, you can purchase tickets to go inside the memorial (highly recommend and I believe the tickets are 12 euros) or you can simply take in the view for free from the ground. Naturally though, once you are finished you HAVE to take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées Avenue.
The Champs-Élysées has everything from entertainment to shopping to dining options and the famous Laduree Macaroons can definitely break anyone who is on a diet! During this time last year, I was walking through the world renowned Christmas market down this street that was unfortunately discontinued due to a feud with the man who runs the market, so it looks like this year I’ll have to find a new place for my Christmas treats and a nice warm cup of mulled wine! (If you want to check out some other Christmas markets click here to see where flight attendants spend the holidays: Holidays Around The World)
Another obvious spot to add to your list is the Louvre! This museum is especially great when the weather isn’t at its best and because you can spend a day indoors gapping at some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world! The Louvre is huge and you can of course spend several days here, but keep in mind, this museum is always busy and if you are wanting to see the Mona Lisa, I won’t ruin it for you here, but let me just say, you should probably lower your expectations. Still, it is a great place to spend an afternoon even if you aren’t an art lover! The architecture of this entire building will have you memorized by the first glance!
&of course when the weather is nice, one of my favorite past times is to take the train and head to Disneyland Paris! I have went a few times with my crew members and it is a great way to have a fun-filled day while not spending as much money as you think! Disneyland Paris is much cheaper than the tickets in the US, so if you find yourself in Paris with a day to fill, you have to make the stop! also, if you are making the train way over there, don’t miss out on grabbing some pastries from Paul for your hour long trek! It goes by faster than you think and with a bag full of beignets and chocolate croissants it will be over before you know it! (For more Disneyland tips around the world click here:World of Disney Park Rankings!)
As many things as there are to do in Paris, I look forward to getting around to seeing them all, but for now, I think I have got a pretty good start as a spend one day at a time in this city! Until next time frenchies, au revoir!