Day 1 of Paris
Saying goodbye to England and my gracious host was not easy. The last two weeks have been wonderful and relaxing, and I couldn't have asked for better company. But, it was time to leave the island. I got up early, cleaned and packed, and Tash brought me down to the quay on the quad. I made sure to sit on the right side this time, seeing as the left side decided to rip two big holes in my new pants the last time I sat on it. I may need to replace those!
After two ferries, one overnight train, two subway cars and a Eurostar Chunnel train, I finally arrived in Paris! Finding my hostel was pretty quick and easy, but I had to wait to get into my room for a few hours. I stored my luggage in a locker for a couple hours and set out to wander the area around my hostel. I didn't really have any specific thing I was looking for on the walk, I was just familiarizing myself with the location. I ended up finding a local boulangerie to get some fresh bread and another place to buy some brie which I ate a little while later for lunch on a bench in a children's park. I stumbled upon some churches and cute neighbourhoods along the way and had a nice and easy stroll before heading back to my hostel.
I finally got to check in at 2 p.m. and take a much needed shower. It was so nice to have hot water for as long as I needed it! So refreshing! After showering, I took a well-deserved nap for three hours. I probably could have stayed in bed and slept through the night, but decided to make use of the rest of the night instead. I ended up walking around until about midnight, in the rain, and was so exhausted by the time I got back, but I managed to see a lot in that time. Here are some pictures of what I got to see.