My first days in Paris

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.

Marie-Jeane and I

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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.

bike paris

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.

bedroom paris

breakfast paris

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:

smallest house paris

The smallest house in Paris. Isn’t it cute?

Le Procope

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.

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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…

Passeio Sena

And the tower:

eiffel tower

It’s time to take the train. Next stop: Lyon!

Au revoir!

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  • Show Nat, aproveite muito!

  • Welcome in France ! 🙂

  • Welcome in France Natalia! I don’t know if you will come back to Paris at the end of your trip but I understood you really love cheese! THE good address for you: Quatrehomme, 9, rue Général Leclerc, 92130 fromager Issy-les-Moulineaux (at the “Corentin Celton” stop of the metro 12) –> Don’t hesitate to tell me if you plan to come, we can try to meet us overthere! Have a good trip!

  • Only one day in Paris and you were able to teach me something: didn’t know about Le Prolope. Will make sure to visit it one day. Enjoy Paris Natalia, once again.

  • Pelo visto vai ser uma ótima viagem! Aproveite bem

  • Um passeio por Paris bem diferente do trivial que estamos acostumados a ver. 🙂 Adorei!

  • Hi !

    What would you like to visit in Lyon? I was born there, so I know pretty well. Send me an email so that I give you some addresses.

  • Have some cheese for me!!! OK, not some. Have A LOT of cheese for me! And wine! <3 Allison 

  • Super bacana Natália =D
    Très bien!!!!

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