Before heading off to Paris, I must admit, I was completely terrified going to a country where we weren't familiar with the native tongue. The only two things I knew how to say in French was "omlette du fromage" (thanks Dexter's Lab) and how to entice men, thanks to Lady Marmalade, and I was 100% sure that wasn't going to cut it. So I picked up my favorite app to learn a new language, Duolingo, and started learning the basics. But, once we arrived I quickly came to realize, almost everyone knew English! It was still nice to be able to try to speak French and many locals appreciated the attempt.
Something new I want to start incorporating into my blog is telling you how much we spent! My favorite part of traveling is doing it all on a budget and telling my friends about it afterwards! Their reactions are priceless when I tell them "I went to Europe for 2 weeks with my husband for only 3 grand, including flights!". SO, for Paris, we spent about $450 for 3 nights, including food, hotel, transportation and flights to and from. We flew in from London for only $28 dollars for both James and I! SCORE! Also! This trip was before we started budgeting during our travels so $450 is for fancy restaurants and museum visits!
We stayed in Hotel Ibis Sacre Cour in Montmarte and I couldn't have been happier with our decision! Extremely budget friendly, super clean and modern and in the cutest town near some pretty incredible sites!
As always, our number one choice for transportation is always the train system! If a city has a subway/tube/metro, you can definitely count on us using it! You may be thinking to yourself, "public transportation is way to difficult to navigate", well I agree! If it weren't for our favorite transportation app, City Mapper, we would definitely be out of luck! I use City Mapper everywhere its available! It's still pretty new but they add new cities frequently and they have all major cities already on it!
There really is something so special about Paris. Maybe it's the smell of freshly baked baguettes down every alley, or the twinkly lights. All I know is, I'm eagerly awaiting the next time I get to sit at the base of the Tour de Eiffel and breath in the beautiful gardens surrounding it. Have you been to Paris yet? What's your favorite part about the City of Lights?
Be on the look out for my itinerary and things to do while in Paris! Coming soon!