Paris – A True Adventure

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There is no question of escaping the romance of Paris . Be it the love locks or cruising the seine, every lover on earth longs to lock lips under the Parisian charm.

My tour guide gave a special tip to the pretty women in the group -” Never trust a guy who gets a combination lock”. So, the favorite past time of eligible bachelors in Paris is to date foreign girls!. Who wouldn’t wanna miss the thrill of falling in love in Parees. And every single girl wishes for the same …A lock , a love-lock on the bridge. Apparently Parisian men hate it !!! They hate it cos its soo cliched. Not every one is lucky with love, so they engrave “I love Pizza” or “I love macarons at Laduree. How sweet is that!

The tip is, the guy who gets you a combination lock  is  gonna come back, remove the lock and chase another lover. Come’on!! Are you saying that a cheap lock is not worth me???

But its a truly mesmerizing experience to breathe the romance in the air.

No matter how many times travel experts tell people to try to avoid visiting popular cities like Paris during the high summer travel season, there will still be gazillions of people like me for whom there really isn’t another viable option for their vacation being a solo female traveler. The moment I landed in Charles De Gaulle airport, I knew what I was in for. Immigration counters were extremely busy and the line kilometers long. I had carefully chosen a hotel in the Latin Quarter, across the beautiful Luxembourg garden which was around 40 minutes by train from the airport. Got down at the Luxembourg station and was dragging my luggage, when a swift teenager came to rescue. How nice, and people say Parisians are rude. She was a nice girl, I thanked her and walked towards the exit. I decided to check the map, and instead what i got was a rude shock…she had pick pocketed me!!!!

My heart sank. This was my first day in Paris and had not even come out of the metro station. God, what am I gonna do. Stood there for almost half an hour not knowing what to do, whom to call. Being stranded in a foreign country is a scene that we have watched in movies, but I never thought it would happen to me. My throat was dry, and I desperately needed some water. Not sure how far the hotel is from this place. How do I get there ? Checked my bag again, and heaved a sigh of relief to find my passport and phone safe. And yes, I did have a return ticket home. Since i was coming back from the US, there must be some left over USD inside the passport. That was my only Psuedo Smart back up plan. Checked my bags again, and found $100 which was tucked away in another corner of the bag that the teenager probably could not take out. But how am I gonna survive for 4 days. My travel app pointed towards the direction of the hotel. No option but to drag my luggage through the cobbled streets. Taxi seemed out of reach. Hotel was pre-booked and they had charged my credit card, but what if they ask me to show the card. Was hoping to call up my friends back home and make online reservation just in case they make fuss. The guy at the reception smiled “Bonjour”. I explained my situation in one breath , totally exhausted. He had a pile of print outs with check -in details of that day.  And confirmed that my room was ready and that credit payment was validated without any issues. Now that was a big relief. I have a roof above my head.. No breakfast but free Wifi ..”Bonjour”. Technology feels like a curse, at times.Stripped me off one “free” meal also.

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Latin Quarter is the ideal location to stay in Paris, if you are on a budget and a solo female traveler. Almost all major attractions except Eiffel Tower and Arc De Thriompe are within 2km radius. I have decided, am gonna breathe and live “Tour by foot” experience. The little app on my phone, “Vist a City” says Pantheon & Notre Dame and even Louvre is within 3 km radius. Now that’s good news. First stop at Western Union to convert  my precious 100 dollars.  85 euros is all what I get. And am on a mission to count every penny. This part of Paris is the touristy  with Mc D’s and Starbucks. But my try this small supermaket. Picked up a bottle of water for 1 Euro. Sandwiches for less than 5 euros. Wines at 12 euros. Cool !

French breads are so yummy that you woudn’t miss anything else, with a few  ac-compliments and should be able to survive for the next couple of days. Now that’s not too bad. My shopping cart was full so was my heart.

Tummy is happy and am all set to conquer the land of Napoleon.  “Impossible is nothing”.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Nini says:

    Whoa! That was mighty tough , losing cash n card on arrival…but hey not enough to daunt you..atta gal..way to go! Your blog was fun to read…kudos! n all the best for your next adventure😃

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  2. anita ks says:

    Super cool to read!!

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  3. Awww haha I loved the tips your tour guide gave you. That’s so cute and it actually makes sense! Paris is such a beautiful city and it sounds like you had an amazing time! Though it might be impossible to have a bad time in Paris haha.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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  4. That’s a funpost. How did manage with 85 euros though?

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    1. Walked almost 10+ kms every day, checked out every monument where entry was free, whichever had an entry fee..took a selfie from outside 🙂

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  5. 2travellingsisters says:

    Really loved reading this post although felt bad for what you had to go through the minute you landed in Paris! Travel teaches us so many things right!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. Yes, no better teacher than travel.It was truly an enriching experience, helped me overcome lot of fears and accept the situation as it is.

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  6. Diya says:

    Tough beginning but it looks like you made the best of a bad situation. Attagirl! 😀

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  7. enidhi says:

    good to read.. No space for new lock at all…

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  8. Tes says:

    I love when I found a travel story with juicy drama in it hehehe love it! And I really wanna go to Paris one day 🙂

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    1. Thanks Tes, I guess the romantic in us always dreams of Paris. Miss be when you get there ..hehehe

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  9. Ashley says:

    Loved this post! I love Paris! Your blog is beautifully written!

    -Ashley http://www.crazybeautifuladventure.com

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  10. Janis says:

    Whoa, good thing you had cash tucked somewhere! I can’t imagine what I would have done if that happened to me. Hope you still enjoyed your trip!

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    1. In retrospect it was a great learning experience. Helped me over come the fear of unknown. And face life as it comes.

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  11. Fareha Nizam says:

    Wow!
    I have never been to Paris, but its my dream to visit at least once in my life…

    http://www.farehanizam.wordpress.com

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  12. shaneanthonym says:

    Sounds like you had quite the adventure in Paris! Laughed pretty hard at the “I love pizza” line.

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  13. J.J.Joshita says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Paris and now I’m tempted more. That was a beautiful write up 🙂

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