Backpacking Europe

Oui Oui Paris

I’m writing this post on a train somewhere between Paris and Milan. I’m not sure where I am at the moment but I can say so far this train ride has been far from uneventful, more on that later though 😉

Me and Sarah have spend the past 3 days in Paris. We’ve seen most of Paris’ iconic landmarks and famous places. Starting off with the Eiffel Tower on day one. After dropping our backpacks off at Gare de l’Est we had lunch in the park underneath the Eiffel Tower (French baguettes of course and tartelettes framboise for dessert!) before burning those calories walking up all the stairs on the Eiffel Tower. The view of Paris from the Eiffel tower is amazing and I can really recommend anyone visiting it and enjoying the view. You don’t have to worry, there are elevators too for anyone. Of willing to walk the stairs, you can even go up higher than taking the stairs if you’d want to.

Eiffel Tower

We’ve spend our first day wandering around the city before heading to our hostel. OOPS Hostel is not in the centre but it’s very close to all the main things to see and is easily accessible by metro. It’s small but clean with a friendly staff and a good breakfast to start your day. I’m not to keen on the mattress but that might just be personal preference. I would definitely recommend the hostel if anyone asked.

Over the past few days we didn’t only see the Eiffel Tower, we visited the Louvre (take a whole day for your visit, it’s huge and very, very busy!!) Sacre Coeur, the Pantheon and Got our shopping on in Galleries de La Fayette.
If you love shopping La Fayette is the place to be, make sure to bring lots of money I you plan to buy things, because apart from the Paris souvenirs it’s all designers and very pricey. With that said I did splurge a bit of money on some beautiful stuff I’ll get a lot of use out of and are of fantastic quality 😉

Apart from the sights and the shopping we indulged in good food and wine and if you ever decide to stay in Oops Hostel be sure to eat next door at Pizza Cesar. It might not be French but it’s delicious and freshly made Italian food, for a very good price. It’s even worth heading out of the city centre for to eat there, and it’s packed every single night.

As amazing as Paris was, I don’t think I’ll be back any time soon, it hasn’t stolen my heart like Iceland has and for me it surely has nothing on London, my home away from home. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful city, I had a wonderful time, but it’s just not for me.

Now that we have left Paris we are on our way to Rome, via Milan. As I mentioned earlier, the train ride so far hasn’t been uneventful. Getting onto the train in Paris was easy, but the train broke down a few hours in and left us stranded for an hour and a half. Which means we’ll probably miss our connection from Milan to Rome (already booked and paid for) and we just have to hope there’s space on the next trains out as we booked our hostel in Rome as well. And to top it off, customs boarded the train right after we got on our replacement train, frisking a few people and it seemed like they even had to pee in a cup…

Oh well, nothing like a few unexpected changes and adjusting, it’s all in going with the flow. I’m sure it will work out!


Pont Neuf

Sacre Coeur

Us at the Eiffel Tower

Sacre Coeur

Sarah and I with Paris in the background

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  • Reply pieter October 11, 2013 at 6:46 am

    jammer dat je geen stappenteller hebt meegenomen ,hadden we eens kunnen zien wat je op een dag rond loopt, als ik het goed begrijp is het dus pizza in Parijs,braadwurst, in rome en croissants in Berlijn?
    begrijp ook dat Parijs niet je ding is maar wel een mooie tijd hebt gehad met veel indrukken.
    Op naar de volgende ,,tussenstop” GO GIRLS ENJOY.

  • Reply Gerrie October 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm


    Hoi Tal ik ben blij dat jullie een leuke tijd hebben gehad in Parijs. Het lijkt me wel mooi om te zien maar ik denk ook dat het een hele drukke stad is. Dit is Londen natuurlijk ook maar toch anders denk ik. De Eiffeltoren lijkt me super en alle andere bezienswaardigheden ook.Ik zie uit naar jullie jou verslag over Rome tot dan xxx

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