I'll admit it, Paris was not high on my list of places to visit. Sure, there is a lot to be said about it but it wasn't one of those places that I had been on the edge of my seat to go. Truth be told, I think that I wasn't allowing myself to want to go. It wasn't going to happen any time in the foreseeable future. Then three months ago, Paris was placed before me as an option. Turns out, I wanted to go more that I thought. It was booked and became a beacon of hope. It shined into stressful moments as the light at the end of the tunnel. It did not disappoint. So to correct any misconceptions, here is where I admit to many things I was wrong about:
Misconception #1 - Tourist traps (Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, various museums, etc) are just that - traps. Walk by, take a look, and then walk on.
Why I was wrong - Oh. My. Goodness. Notre Dame was beautiful! The first night there I may have slightly over reacted seeing Notre Dame when we drove past. Turns out that I needed to see it (along with a few other above mentioned sites). Just go - and love every moment of it!
Misconception #2 - Overcast skies combined with buildings of the same color make Paris a very drab city.
Why I was wrong - The buildings were beautiful on the outside but they were incredible on the inside. Even if the landscape did not change much, the insides of each place was overwhelming. Again and again I was surprised but what I found through various sets of doors.
Misconception #3 - French people are rude.
Why I was wrong - Everyone was lovely! They were helpful and friendly. In fact, the rudest people I ran in to were tourists. I mean, who declares in the middle of an internationally known museum that they hate it or that a piece is awful?
Misconception #4 - Once you've seen one palace, you've seen them all.
Why I was wrong - Versailles. I understand why it helped trigger a revolution. Elaborate and over indulgent doesn't even begin to describe it.
Paris, you were lovely! From the places to the food to the faces, I loved it all! Hope to see you again one day!