Big city #5 of my 10 day trip, this is the Paris portion. I have been to Paris before but only for 4 hours, just long enough to literally run through the Louvre (the Louvre when done properly would take hours, Mona Lisa is much smaller than you think, Winged Victory is astonishing) and stop at the Eiffel Tower for a few quick pics before driving back to Grindelwald, Switzerland.
I land in Paris around 10pm from Copenhagen. I yet again get a rental car and drive to what I think is my hostel. I find a car park and walk out to the street and see that i am in the ghetto. This place is sketchy AF. I follow my GPS to my hostel only to read a note at the reception saying he wont be there till midnight, well great. I wait for a bit because I don’t know what to do or where to go but just long enough to see that I don’t want to stay here. I head to the bar next door and grab a beer. I am talking to the bar man and told him I am waiting for the hostel next door open, and what do ya know, the guy at the bar is the reception for the hostel. He says there is no reservation, so I show him my emailed reservation. He says I am at the other hotel with the same exact name, I am pissed off and grateful at the same time but mostly tired. I pay my tab and hoof it as fast I can back to my car hoping not to get robbed. After about 30 minutes of driving I find parking near my actual hostel. Thankfully the guy at the reception waited for me and said people get lost all the time and is super nice about it. He shows me to my very small, minimal room at the top (5 flights up) and the bathroom is all the way at the bottom. I am exhausted and pass out immediately.
The next morning I head out early to start my Paris adventure. My goal today is to stay up late enough to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Paris is such a big beautiful city. All the food is good here. I walk and walk and walk for bout 10 hours before I make my way to the Eiffel Tower taking loads of pictures on the way. My cell phone battery is running low, I have an hour walk home and need the GPS. I stop for dinner and the staff is kind enough to let me charge my phone in the kitchen. At 10pm the Tower lights up and it is worth the wait.
Absolutely beautiful. Now, the race against the cell battery begins. I walk as fast as I can and keep the screen off till it vibrates indicating that I should be turning soon. Made it! I fly out at noon the next day to go back to Sicily, which concludes my long and exhausting trip. It is going to take me a while to recoup from this trip.