J’adore: A Trip to Paris with Jessica

La Ville-Lumière. The City of Light. I had never been out of the country, but for my twenty-first birthday I was granted the opportunity to go to Paris with my best friend.

No one wants to hear about the process of getting my passport or the long flight or getting through customs but it was all just beautiful to me.

We went during the winter to avoid a lot of the tourists. Yes it was cold, but I didn’t feel it. With my broken French from high school and my friend’s learned French from multiple previous trips to the city, we would be able to navigate fairly well.

We stayed at the Hotel Dauphine St. Germain on the rue Dauphine, within walking distance of most things if we hoofed it. It was an adorable hotel with a tiny bathroom and twin beds and a view overlooking the white rooftops of Paris. Breakfast was delicious. Who am I kidding? The food the entire time was delicious! My favorites were the baguettes grabbed fresh from shops on the street, chocolate filled croissants, Orangina, and Nutella crepes. I had no idea Nutella existed before Paris.

We visited the Eiffel Tower, didn’t go up in it because it was freezing and crowded, but just standing beneath the thing was an experience. I looked up through it’s metal spirals and thought “I have arrived.”

Notre Dame was one of my favorite attractions. I am not an especially religious person but I felt reverent inside. My friend got sick so I went alone. I spent a quiet hour or so on a tour, observing the grand architecture and sheer history of the place.

But the Louvre, ah the Louvre, that was my absolute favorite place in Paris. We didn’t spend enough time there. You can go to Paris and just vacation there for the museum. It is that large and densely full of art and information. As artists ourselves, my friend and I were in Wonderland. The museum itself is beautiful, not to mention the works of art it showcases. I spent a good deal of time in the Ancient Egyptian section because I have a particular interest in that period of history. I was sad to leave. I vowed to its walls that I would return someday.

We also visited the Rodin museum. I didn’t know I enjoyed Rodin until we were done touring the site. Some of the sculptures, like the Gates of Hell, were so twisted and dark but held their own unique beauty.

I had only a few days to enjoy Paris. But it’s something I will never forget. When asked what my favorite city is? I answer with Paris. When feeling blue, I often recall my memories of the City of Light. And you can hear me on the phone with my best friend often sighing and asking, “Do you remember Paris?”

Jessica SitaJessica Sita is a full time writer living in Oklahoma with her husband and two dogs. You can find her writing at her blog,Watchful Creature or at Tipsy Lit . Also swing by and chat with her on Facebook or on Twitter.

Jessica is currenty trying to crowdfund her up-and-coming book of poetry. Check out this link to help: Outcrychapbook.pubslush.com.

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17 thoughts on “J’adore: A Trip to Paris with Jessica

  1. navigator1965

    I almost want to say that I envy you your fantastic cultural experience, but the reality is that I am very happy for you. I’ve only been to the south of France, myself, but l loved the experience nonetheless. I had duck for the first time in my life, and it was delicious.

  2. Amy Lynne Hayes

    Ah my home city!! Not really, but it was home for about 3 years of my life, and also my favorite city in the world! I always love to hear when people enjoy it there. :)

  3. Molly @ The Move to America

    Great post - giving me a case of the travel bug, but I don’t think I will get the chance to do so for a while as trying to settle and get sorted here in the US!

    I will be sure to hop along to Watchful Creature!

    1. Jessica Sita

      I wish I could recommend some restaurants but I just don’t remember their names. It’s all good, really. Eat at little cafes! And definitely go to Notre Dame!

  4. bornsirius

    Oh my god… Paris. I too had the lucky fortune of visiting lovely Paris with my beautiful best friend. The first 2 days were terrible; for some reason I had horrible culture shock. It might have been from staying in Montmartre (where I would stay again in a SECOND if I went back!). But the last two days were blissful. I will never, ever forget standing under a tree in a blinding Paris rainstorm, under my best friend’s redundant umbrella, watching Madame Eiffel throw its glitter show at 10pm. It was as if the Eiffel and I had kissed in the rain.
    I want to go back so bad.


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