Three Days in Paris – Last Minute Trip Planning
On the eve of our first trip to Paris just a little over a week ago, a dear friend emailed to warn me against letting “whirlwind travel” get in the way of true enjoyment of the City of Light. Specifically, she said,
“I hope rather than trying to see everything, you approach the most romantic city in the world knowing you will return to experience and take in more parts of her again.”
Beautiful, heartfelt words that made me cringe in embarrassment.
Red-faced, I stared at the 3-day itinerary I had just painstakingly prepared, taking into account the logistics of time, geography, the vagaries of opening hours and the Paris Museum Pass, a virtual all-you-can-see ticket to the city’s most famous sights. How is it that the same person who spoke longingly of spending unencumbered time wandering the trails in our nation’s national parks could be the same one responsible for crafting the breakneck itinerary in front of me?
I turned to my husband for reassurance and asked him to peruse the plan I laid out for our 3 days in Paris. I could see his eyes scurry back and forth, analytically skimming the timetable and logistical caveats in the footnotes. A minute later, he looked up and said, “Wow, this is really good.” Oh dear God.
And then it hit me. What I created was actually much worse than even Mr. Travelbypoints‘ most jam-packed weekend itinerary. Watson has supplanted Holmes in the crazy. Plus, I had just willingly forfeited my right-to-complain cards for the entire duration of the trip.
So fast forward three days – how did it all turn out?
In short, it was magical.
It also set the stage for our future trip to Paris, when I will most definitely be taking my friend’s wise words to heart and take it all in slowly. Because once you’ve gotten the crazy out of the way, it paves the way for a much saner appreciation of the hidden delights waiting to be discovered.
Stay tuned tomorrow for highlights from our whirlwind trip!
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