16.08.2012 - 22.08.2012 -38 °C
I have dreamed of going to Paris for as long as I can remember. Since I was a little girl watching the Aristocats Paris has always held a special place in my heart. (In fact I was scared that due to my romanticized views of the place I would be extremely disappointed when I actually got there and found it was not everything I imagined- a occurrence apparently named "Paris syndome" common is Japan I have been told).
From the time I arrived in Paris I felt as though I was in a dream. The streets were just as I had imagined and seen in movies. They felt so familiar and yet like nothing I had experienced before.
Everywhere I went I met lovely people. Starting with Max, the American ukulele player who was on my flight (we played uke together in the airport) who helped me navigate the subway and find my hostel. I met some lovely travellers at the backpackers including Tim from Germany. I spent my first day in Paris with him. We made sandwiches and had a picnic near Sacre Coeur. Then we travelled to Versailles and spent 5 hours marvelling at the palace. I had my mouth open in awe for most of the tour. It's crazy to think that people really lived there in all that luxury! The details of the paintings and decor was incredible! So much thought and planning - every piece of art told a story. The only down side was the temperature - 38 degrees! I had never been so hot in my life! We wanted to explore the gardens, but there was very little shade and the sun was too hot.