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Let me start off by saying that this trip is super special!

1) My family is in Paris

(we’re reuniting after not seeing each other for 1 year!!!)

2) Reconnecting with my Parisian pals

Catching up on Erasmus days and some fun around town

3) My b-day!

What better way to celebrate than with my amazing peeps. I’m not sure if it’s the city or what but my heart is so full of love <3

malro paris with family
Being with family these last few days has been amazing. We picked up right where we left off. We re-visited Cafe Central for dinner right across from the hotel and planned the next 9 days. We were in Paris just a few years ago for Christmas but I find the city is totally different in the summer and I quite like the fine outdoor dining and long walks along the Seine in the warm summer air.
cafe central paris
The pass is cost-effective and I find navigating the Paris subway a fun challenge. As I type this I hear two Southern American women asking the front desk staff whether the metro is safe… I never felt any more or less unsafe in the Paris metro as anywhere else in the world. There is nothing to fear. As long as you know where you’re going, make sure you have the right ticket, and keep to yourself s’all good!

Here are some of the city highlights from the first full day in Paris:

  • The Eiffel Tower (obvi)
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus ride (no this is not some rap song) – hands down the easiest, laziest, and the most tourist-y way to see all of the main monuments around town in one go. Bonus: amazing angles for photos!
  • Enjoying multiple glasses of a summertime favorite, Aperol Spritz, on the terrace
aperol spritz cafe central
  • Dinner at Malro’s with close ami’s (friends)
  • My friends adorable, cuddly cat Anna
  • Dinner at Malro’s with close ami’s (friends)
  • Cocktails at L’Eclair with mum
Paris public transportation tip: if you are visiting Paris for more than a few days I highly recommend a weekly metro pass. The metro card costs 28 euros and grants you unlimited access to public transportation throughout Paris for the week.
I have to say that getting to Paris was such a breeze and helped make my experience enjoyable from the start. I booked my train ticket through the Thaly’s website (discovered a great deal just days before booking using Omio) and made it to Paris well under 4 hours from Dusseldorf. This is what I love about living in Europe; it is so well-connected and makes international travel sooo easy. 

Hope you enjoyed reading my experience, I did this with my personal planning and some random suggestion of my friend. If you dont have much time to plan, we will suggest you to take some of the organised tour acitivites from Viator.

Hey, I'm Marissa! I'm a content curator based in Düsseldorf working for trivago (yes, that hotel metasearch site you've seen in countless ads). In my spare time, I love writing and snapping photos. Hope you enjoy reading. Please subscribe, it would mean the world to me <3

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