So, it finally began! After almost 10 hours inside a plane, I reached Paris on Saturday at 11.45 am for my Big Blog Exchange Adventure. Its being quite intense! Marie-Jeane, member of the Hosteling International French Association, waited for me at the airport. She was awesome planning my entire itinerary and still had some surprises for me.
After having a typical south France chicken fricassee for lunch, she took me for a bike tour around Paris. But, as she knew that I already visited Paris before and its most important monuments, she chose a tour that cover small secrets of this beautiful city. You know, those kind of things that you would never find if you are only interested in seeing the highlights of your guide book.
This is me on the bike:
Okay, I’ll have to admit: I don’t know if I was disturbed by the jet lag and the few hours of sleep I’ve had in the plane, but I was totally clumsy in the beginning! It was like I had forgotten how to drive a bike. But after a few minutes, I was ok and enjoying the breeze in my face.
Luckily, Paris woke up in a beautiful day to welcome me!
After that, I only could think about one thing: my bed. And it was in the Paris Pajol Hostel, the newest HI in the city. It is a super nice hostel located in an old warehouse of the French railway company, refurbished and transformed into a solar power station. Everything there is green and sustainable, from the showers to the electricity. It is not close from the touristic places, but it is near to the metro station, so it is very easy to go anywhere.
Challenge 1: Accomplished!
The HI team in France gave me some challenges that I need to accomplish during my trip. The first one was to take a picture in front of one of the most surprising places I discovered in Paris.
It was not difficult for me. I love taking pictures of small details from the places I visit, rather than big famous monuments, because I think that these details tell more about the place and the life of the people from there. Here are some of the surprising places I discovered in Paris:
The smallest house in Paris. Isn’t it cute?
The oldest cafe in Paris. I was told that the French Revolution was discussed here! (And my mind blown with this information)
This cool alley
The second day
I had this day free, so I chose to visit one of the famous street markets in Paris. Although it was a rainy morning, I could see some French food, art and products.
After that I did a cruise on the Seine and took a last look on the Eiffel Tower before leaving Paris.
I asked a girl to take a picture of me on the Seine cruise, because my self-portraits weren’t working. But the photo sucked anyway…
And the tower:
It’s time to take the train. Next stop: Lyon!