Monday was a bank holiday in the UK, which is the equivalent to a national holiday in the States. Basically, it means businesses were closed and people had the day free. This Monday was the UK version of our Labor Day, marking the end of summer/beginning of fall. Because it was a national holiday, my boyfriend Jarin and I decided to take advantage of the free day and go on a weekend trip to Paris.
It was incredible. In my opinion, Paris is much more scenic than London-at least along the river. The buildings along the Seine were all beautiful: big bricks, tall buildings, iron-railed balconies with planters on quite a few. The river walk itself was much more uniform and enjoyable than the one along the Thames, simply because it was more eye-pleasing. However, we stayed within a 3-mile radius so we only saw a small chunk of the river walk and the buildings along the Seine. The metro was easy to navigate, the lines for monuments moved very quickly, and the pace of life seemed much slower than in London.
I think Jarin and I both discovered we are not big museum people. We can only take so much time walking around looking at artifacts before we start getting bored or tired, which then leads to impatience and just general crabbiness. The most enjoyable times of the trip for me were lounging in parks (usually near enough to a monument to appreciate the view as well), taking advantage of the summer weather, people-watching, and relaxing. It was worthwhile to see all the beautiful monuments and also visit the Louvre, but we were definitely on the same page when we opted out of doing any other museums during our vacation.
The language barrier was evident, but not as much of a problem as I had worried it would be. A lot of people spoke enough English to get by. That being said, I’m not convinced I would want to live there…but for a weekend trip it was a fantastic experience!