Getting to Paris: Day 1

It has been a year since I embarked on my trip to the city of love and I have decided to share with you all what I what in my journal during my trip, day by day.

May 17, 2016-10:30am in Paris

We have settled into our apartment and are now in our separate rooms to sleep in. Mom, dad, and I flew from Chicago to Paris. The flight was not bad at all in our first class seats.

Paris is breathtaking. It took about 55 minutes to get from Charles De Gaulle airport to our apartment which is across from the Seine River in front of the Eiffel Tower. To say our view is anything less than incredible is an understatement. The French architecture may be my favorite by far. It makes me dream about my future visit to Paris.



View from our apartment’s living room.


It’s interesting. When you’re flying into a new airport, especially into one in a new country, it creates a feeling of desire and love of travel. It opens up the ideas and possibilities of the unknown. As we drove to our apartment from the airport a few things crossed my mind:

  1. Rush hour is rush hour no matter where you are in the world.
  2. All these people around me have lives, families, stories, and a place they were going.
  3. It allowed me to remember that even with so many people in the world, we’re all human and all have something to say.

As I write this, the excitement, wonder, and infatuation I have of my next ten days here is running. What will I learn about myself or the world around me? How will I leave a place I’ve longed to visit? I’ll write more later, but my eyes say it’s time to sleep…

There you have it, day one of my adventure. I remember being exhausted from many hours of travel, but my heart was so full for the adventure I was about to embark on with my family. My grandparents and aunt were also on this trip but flew separately. This was a big Christmas gift for the entire family a year and a half before our trip happened as well as the first class tickets. I remember getting to my room and opening up my curtains to find that my window faced a bunch of other apartments in a square. For being in a city, the noise was all blocked out and it was quiet, peaceful, and full of wonder. Just like my heart and soul was that first day…



View from my room.


Read my other Paris adventures here:

Starting Off in Paris: Day 1, Part 2

Paris: Museums and Versailles

Paris: Jet Lagged

Paris: The Sights and Books

Paris: When it Rains

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