(Photo via Nep)
I went there a couple of times in 2002, the first time being my first experience as an independent in a non English speaking country. Maybe we were staying in a dodgy area but I found the men too full on (groping on the metro, the street, the constant chat etc) and I just never felt at ease. I wasn't travelling alone either - with a friend - but we were both wary. It was hard to reconcile the beauty of the Metro signs with the horrible reality of the Metro on that trip. We returned a month later and whilst we liked it a bit more, my overriding memory of Paris is of feeling very ill at ease and uncomfortable.
Fast forward 9+ years, and I'm finally returning tomorrow. And I'm really looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to falling in love with the place, like so many have done before me. I can't erase earlier memories but I want to override them completely.
I'm meeting some school friends there (they are on holidays and enjoying more flexibility so have headed there this morning whilst I get to work today) tomorrow morning, after an early bird Eurostar journey.
We're a mix of people - two have us have been before (multiple times) and two are freshies. And we've all got different things we want to see and do.
- A picnic (cheese, champagne and baguettes) up near Sacre Coeur and the Catacombs top my list.
- The Eiffel Tower and maybe the Louvre top someone else's (both great, but not really at the top of my list as I'm a little bit been there/done that)
- Père Lachaise Cemetery tops someone else's (specifically, Jim Morrison's grave)
- A day trip to Versaille has been mentioned as well
If you were heading to Paris, what would you want to see or do?