Just two days before our flight to Paris, I realized I had nothing planned out for our 4 days and 3 nights there. I did as much research as I possibly could at the last minute. Fortunately, I found all these amazing tours that turned out to be well worth it. They definitely made our trip a fun learning experience! I’ll tell you all about these different tours as I blog about each day we spent in Europe. I don’t want to overwhelm you by giving you all the details in one go! Bear in mind that I did all this at the last minute I’m surprised everything went so swimmingly. I’m still on a high about the last 2 weeks!!
Let me start by showing you where we stayed for 3 nights.
I booked an AirBnb apartment months prior to our trip, here are official photos from the website and I’m so happy it looked exactly like this (see previous post):
The apartment’s location along Rue de Lille was just perfect. It’s just a literal 5 minute walk to The Louvre, Paris’ most famous museum! There were a lot of cafés along the street so it was convenient for grabbing coffee and croissants every morning. It cost us a total of around Php6,900/night. It turned out to be higher than what the listing showed (Php5,120/night) – I guess there were some hidden fees. I’m not quite sure because it’s the first time I tried using AirBnb. The price would have been okay had there been a toilet inside the apartment. IThe shower is nice and clean and there’s a well lit sink and mirror beside it but we had to go out of the apartment to use the communal toilet. It’s only about 3 doors down the hall from our room but still, it would have been nice to get a heads up! Other than that, the host was easy to talk to and he responded quickly to my questions! Here’s a link to the apartment if you’re interested.
As we unpacked and quickly changed, we also prepared for our first tour which I booked through Vayable.com. Vayable allows locals to share their culture with tourists to help them have a richer, more authentic travel experience. Choosing a Photography Walking Tour as our first activity was strategic. I’d never taken any formal photography lessons and I thought, “what better way to maximize using my wonderful Sony A6000 than to take it around Paris with a professional photographer?” I wanted all my Europe photos to be beautiful.?
We met with our tour guide Clara at around 11:30AM. We stopped by a café to have a quick lunch and so she could teach me the different basic functions of my camera. I’d been wanting to use manual mode instead of automatic for the longest time. I knew it would give me more control and I’m so happy I finally understand it
Here are some of the photos we took during our walking tour. Warning: some of them are very ~*artsy*~ lol
Our 3 hour tour came to an end and I just had 4% left on my camera!! I took a couple of videos that morning kasi.? I got a bit stressed out because we were about to go straight to our next stop: a private tour of the Louvre!!
But that’s for another post. Now I’ve got to pack for my Singapore trip tomorrow!!