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Tips for the Parisian Wanderer Filled with Wonder by LaTasha Robinson

Today's guest post is by the incredible LaTasha Robinson. Dawn has known LaTasha for about 6 years and vastly appreciates her knack for valuing exploration, championing love, and serving the world. LaTasha recently went to Paris for the first time so, we asked her to share some of her tips. If you've been to Paris and have other tips to share, we'd love to hear them in the comments section. Meanwhile, we hope this post inspires you to step beyond your door, explore, see what's in store, and get transformed to your core! (Yes, we have a tendency to slide into rhyme around here.) 

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Typically, when I am in a new nation, I like to have a plan -  especially, when I don’t know the language. However, I was given a free ticket to Paris, so even though I knew I would be traveling there, I still wasn’t necessarily prepared because I didn’t know how it would happen exactly. All of a sudden, I am in the City of Love for ten days and this planner has to decide what exactly to see and do. So, here are a few tips if you plan to visit Paris. 

 

"Abesses entrance 1". Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abesses_entrance_1.jpg#/media/File:Abesses_entrance_1.jpg 

Tip 1: The metro is easy to follow and most people understand some English. The metro gives directions in both English and French; and lists all its stops on the signs. The RER trains can be a little more challenging. Download a Paris Metro map app for your iPhone or Google Maps and you will be fine.

 

Paris alley LaTasha Robinson  

Tip 2: Wander Around!!! Don’t worry about getting lost (unless it is at night, of course - then just be aware). After visiting the Eiffel Tower, I decided to wander around. As I was walking, I discovered the Arc de Triomphe. I wasn’t expecting to stumble upon this taking a walk and, when I did, it completely took my breath away. I've had many moments like that in Paris.

A few times, I have almost been in tears - so struck by the beauty of this place.  The streets of Paris seem to welcome you like no other. 

 Arc de Triomphe Paris LaTasha Robinson

Tip 3:  Hit all the tourist spots, but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path and connect with Parisians. Especially if you are traveling alone in Paris, as a tourist, it is easy to stay in the tourist area, but some of the most interesting places are off the beaten path. 

 Paris Cafe LaTasha Robinson

Tip 4: Someone told me that I should sit in a café and take it all in. So, this is what I did my first day (which was a half day). Such great advice, as a matter of fact I have done that several times over the course of my time here. 

There is so much to see in Paris that sometimes you need to take a moment and digest the beauty you have seen. 

 

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Would you like to read more guest posts? How about Mount Kailash in Tibet? Or perhaps a stroll in Afghanistan? Also, did you know we wrote a poem for a city in Afghanistan

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Happy journeying!

September 04, 2015 by Dawn Bulchandani
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