Back in June, I spent a night in Paris before I had to catch my flight back to the U.S. for the summer. Although I’ve been to the French capital countless of times, I always looked forward to going there, even if for a brief amount of time.
This time, I only had an afternoon in town, as I’d been traveling most of the day from a different region of the country. After checking into my hostel, I dropped off my belongings and headed out to see a bit of the city. Mind you, it was a hot June day and, despite sweating profusely, I still braved the weather to enjoy my time there.
I spent most of the time wandering all over île de la Cité, which is the small island on the Seine River which houses the medieval monuments of Paris, including the Notre Dame. I merely passed by the iconic church to head across to the Institut du monde arabe, which is a large, modern blue building which contains the Arab cultural center and embassy. You might wonder why I would choose to visit this site, but basically, it’s known for also having a decent view at the top of its ninth floor, where you can get views of the île de la Cité. That I did, and it was fantastic.
Following that, I made my way around the île once more. I’d wanted to visit a few historic hôtels in the area, but they were either closed or needed reservations in advance. Instead then, I got an early dinner at a poutine shop in the 2ème arrondissement. If you’ve never had Québécois poutine (which is essentially fries, cheese curds, and gravy), then you’re missing out on life! It was filling, but all the same pure goodness.
I returned to my hostel for the rest of the day, choosing to get a couple of drinks at their restaurant-bar before I freshened up and turned in for bed. While it would’ve been nice to go out and experience Parisian nightlife, I had a flight to catch the next day, and I couldn’t afford to be exhausted on my ride all the way back to the U.S. Besides, I would have plenty more opportunities to return to Paris to do so!
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