It was a long process picking out where I wanted to go for my trips. I decided to go to France and put my years of French to use. Besides being a bit expensive because I procrastinated in buying plane tickets, it was a good trip. The flight from Dublin to Paris was great. It was easy getting through the airport and the flight was comfortable. It was when I arrived in Paris that I had some difficulty. It was hard finding my way to the terminal I needed to get to to catch my bus to my hostel. There were some people who spoke English who worked in the airport and I was able to find someone and get help to where I needed to be. It was difficult adapting to another new environment where English is not spoken frequently. I found it hard to ask people if they spoke English if I could not understand them. I did not want to offend anyone. Also, in restaurants, I had to make sure the place took credit card because I ran out of cash. Other than that, the only other thing I had to worry about was how to get from place to place while in Paris. I saw all the major sites and needed a way to get in to the heart of Paris and back to the hostel every day. I decided to use the bus to get around because it was cheaper. It was simple and easy to use as well.
I saw so much on this week long trip. I went to all the major attractions in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triompe, the catacombs, and the Louvre. I went to many souvenir shops and ended up buying my dinners at the express shopping store instead of going out every night. Though there was a mix up with my room when I arrived at the hostel, it was resolved and I was able to meet some new people. Although we were not able to travel together, we spent our nights talking and getting to know each other. I would definitely suggest going with another person instead of yourself. It would have been more enjoyable to have someone else to make memories with. It was an overall great experience!