My second trip abroad was to France. Before Kyle left to study abroad in Prague, he asked if I would visit him there. We’d only been on a few dates and both knew he would be gone for a full year. I certainly didn’t anticipate us staying in close contact. My reply was something along the lines of ‘you can ask me again in two months if you still want me to come’. Much to my surprise though, in October, I received an invitation not only to come to Prague, but to New Year’s in Paris as well.
Luckily, I had already traveled to Russia by myself or I might have been too afraid to go alone. Then again, who can say no to New Year’s in Paris??
The plan was for Kyle and I to arrive in Paris on New Year’s Eve. Then, we would spend the following 2 days in Paris before flying to Prague for one week.
Kyle arrived before me and we met in the airport before hopping on the metro to our hotel. There’s no way I can remember which hotel we stayed in now, 7 years later, but suffice it to say there was no bathroom door. I got very acquainted with hanging out in the hotel lobby.
We grabbed pizza for dinner on the way to Champs-Elysees. Once we got there we took a few pictures and decided to find a wine store to grab a bottle champagne and wine.
Tip! Don’t forget your wine opener and/or don’t forget to buy one with your wine if needed. We grabbed our bottles just as most stores were closing and then walked around for half an hour wondering how we were going to get the wine open! Luckily we ran into some very nice Australians who kindly loaned us their corkscrew.
Once we were back in business we headed to the Alexander III Bridge to wait for midnight. We randomly ran into some of Kyle’s friends from Prague and hung out with them on the bridge.
I can’t recommend spending a NYE in Paris enough! It was a beautiful evening with the sparkling Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, over the Seine River and we had an amazing time celebrating.
By 1 AM the champagne was gone and jet lag was catching up with me. We started to head back to the hotel but ended up getting lost in the streets of Paris for another couple of hours before finally making it back. I hope I never need to pee as badly as I had to that night ever, EVER again. Many thanks to the English-speaking woman who helped us with directions around 2 AM.
The next day we explored the sleepy city that was a little slower than we were to wake up. That left us without much competition at Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and along the river.
Our last day in Paris was only a half day so we drug our luggage through the last few places we wanted to see. I was also the perfect victim for the infamous Paris bracelet scam. Oops. Goodbye 5 euros, but I still have that thing in a scrapbook so at least there’s that.
Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to make it to Versailles or The Louvre. But both will be at the top of the list for next time.
Happy birthday to Kyle! Many thanks to him for finally letting me use one picture of him. It’s hard to find decent pictures from 7 years ago.
This year, we’ll be spending New Year’s in Prague. I’m so excited to be heading back to this beautiful city and can’t wait for the celebration. Living abroad certainly has its perks.