Bonjour, what’s going on guys? The weather here in the United Arab Emirates is totally amazing. It is winter right now and guess what? Two days ago it rained and it was a first time for me! Anyway, I know it’s been a while since I last posted and again, I would like to apologise for that. Things have been really busy for me for the past few months and I just went on leave last January and spent it in Tokyo with my mum. I’d definitely write about it if time permits. So for now, I would like to share you my first trip to the lovely Europe.
It was way back in September 2016 that I was rostered for a CDG (Paris) flight and knowing that I am going to see Europe for the first time, it gave me an incredible amount of adrenaline rush!
I carried a small guide book with me which I took from the hotel but to find out that I won’t be really needing it as literally, every corner of the city appeared to be worth visiting. Our hotel is approximately an hour and a half away from the city centre so we took an Uber for convenience instead of taking the train from the airport which will take a lot more time. Four of us decided to share the cab so it will be cheaper.
The guy dropped us off right at the Eiffel Tower and I was in total awe! I could just not believe that I was standing in front of this beautiful tower which I just used to see in postcards. And the fact that I am in Europe.. in France, – this moment was surreal.
But please bear in mind that, along with touristy cities around the globe, Paris is not 100% safe. Beware of pick pocketer and con artist from random people on the street, especially the area around the tower where tons of tourist flock. I was nearly robbed by a woman but luckily, one of the crew I was with noticed it quickly and got away with it safely.
Since we left the hotel at around six in the morning, we were not able to have a breakfast so we decided to eat somewhere nice. We found this small cafeteria close by the Eiffel Tower. The food tasted so good and I think I just had the best hot chocolate ever! I am not big fan of it but if you are in Europe, it is a must-try. And of course, not to mention that eating on Paris’ side streets was such a priceless experience itself, as my heart and mind were both screaming “I AM IN PAAAAARIS OH MY GOD!”
The reason I wanted to see France is these lovely streets. Walking on it was just a dream. The first words that came out from my mouth the moment I saw downtown Paris was “this is exactly how it looks like in the movies!” As an Asian, this kind of places amazes me so much and thought I was just dreaming or something. I have been only seeing France in post cards, movies, travel documentaries, etc. Being able to step foot onto this country after wishing for it in a long time is indeed a dream come true.
I fell in love with the city so much that I want to take my mum there someday!
Merci, Paris! Je t’aime France!
ICHIRO | 勝利を目指して高く飛べ！✈︎