Jay and I were lucky enough to visit France last month. I had a lot of safety concerns expressed by family members and friends, but we were determined to make the most out of our vacation and really enjoy our trip to Paris. We packed a bag and headed for the Thayls, a high-speed train that would take us from the Netherlands to Paris in less than 3 hours.

We had a free upgrade to first class on the way there so we were already off to a great start, but we hit a few hiccups on the train. The WiFi didn’t work and the meals they provided were so unappetizing we barely tried them. Luckily we had some snacks to last us through the ride and didn’t pay for the upgraded seats!

All aboard the Thalys!

I was so excited when we arrived at Gare du Nord. It looks a lot more glamorous in Hugo, but it was still a really cool station to see in person. We walked out to the street to take a peek around and I was already in love. There were little bistros on the corners and the French architecture was even more stunning than in the movies.

Gare Du Nord



There is such a magical feeling that comes from being in Paris for the first time. The architecture is far different from anything in the US. Despite the crowded streets there is a more relaxed pace than in New York City. The streets are made of beautiful stone and city squares have such a modern, yet historical feeling to them. With every step we took I felt like I was drifting farther and farther into a movie.

Even GAP looks fancy in Paris

While Jay had been there before, this was my first time visiting Paris. I was pretty impressed initially because of the architecture and small cafes throughout the city. There were so many buildings to look at and famous landmarks to see. I couldn’t wait to explore what Paris had to offer me.


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