If you're a Malaysian student here in Europe, your Malaysian friends will tell you how horrible Paris is, without a doubt. They said that it smells bad, a lots of rude people, illegal immigrants and so on.
What have I experience was different. Maybe it's true about what people said,"When you're being positive, everything around you just fall to places." Of course I encountered some problems there but that just a normal travelling problems - got lost, hustlers, etc. Anyway, I had the times of my life. I wish to go back!
So we arrived there at night, not much to do. We stayed in a hotel, very classic one, it has a small elevator which fit maximum 2 people. It's about 20 min from the main city, but it has everything near by - restaurant, grocery stores. The owner cannot speak English that well but good enough to help you and answer your questions. Oh and breakfast is included.
First we just strolled along the city, tried to reach the Eiffel tower. On our way we passed lots of other significant buildings. Well every buildings in Paris are beautiful. You can just get lost in it and you wouldn't mind at all.
Paris is well known as the city of love. For me the love was not about it is full with couples but what I saw was the love in the architecture. I fall in love with the architecture. The details bring out a lovely atmosphere.
I want to list down all the buildings that I visited but i'm too lazy right now. Besides all of these buildings are pretty famous so you can just google them.
Since my friends and I can see the Eiffel tower, we decided to walk. It was a bad idea, it's quite far from where we were. We are just not that fit. So here are pictures of us, resting.
Oh I forget to tell you that it was 31st December 2014. Because it was new year's eve the train was free till 12 pm the next day (I'm not quite remember the duration, I hope I got it right).
Tadaaa! Here is the famous Eiffel Tower. Actually this was the second time I've been here. Last time I went up, the view is beautiful. You can see how big Paris is. I think it is worth the waiting in long line.
Here at this area, there's lots of people trying to sell you stuffs, souvenirs. Don't get irritated, they just want to make money. And honestly those people who tying to sell you key-chain are far better than the one who tried to let you signed some paper and demand for money (scams). Just smile and say no.
What was the fun of being in France without trying the famous escargot.
Oui, monsieur. Je mange des Escargots. It is delicious. Inexpensive too. Totally recommended.
One of other things that the Malaysians always complaining about Paris is the trains. I see nothing wrong with it. It is, of course, has the different types trains and style of operation but by day two, I got the hang of it. They complained that it is dirty, smelly etc. Maybe because I don't come from a luxurious family background, I think it's okay.
Heyy, the trains here in Germany during summer and football seasons smell much worst! And I rode the trains in Paris after celebrating New Year. It was packed as Tuna and still not that bad.
So here I want to tell the story about my lucky butt! Paris never celebrate New Year for like centuries and they decided to celebrate it during my visit there. I was a part of history. They did it at Arc de Triumph. Good thing we google it or we would have miss the celebration by being at the Eiffel tower.
But I celebrate New Year with Syera, the others went back to the hotel because they were tired. They tried to went out at 9-10 pm but the trains were so full they couldn't come and join us.
I tell you. Celebrating New Year at Arc de Triumph was my highlight of the year. It was magical. We did get lost before we got to Arc de Triumph.
There was also time that I wanted to pee so bad but I couldn't find a toilet, well, I did found one but it was broken. I asked the police patrol, surprisingly they speak good English. And this one helpful police that saw me seem lost while I was searching for toilet, quite embarrass about that tho because I wanted to approach him but he seemed busy so I hesitated. End up he asked me what was wrong. I used the toilet in this one fancy restaurant, the owner was kind enough to let me used them.
While we were waiting for New Year, we went for a drink of coffee. Again got lost (Women, ayy). We tired to find our way around. It was crowded. I remember being stuck in the crowd and a white blond man, shouting with his friends and saw me in the crowd and smile as he said salam I don't think he's Muslim tho.
As we were in front of Arc de Triumph, there were lots of people waiting for New Year with their family and friends. They have champagne in their hand. I also saw the Algerians (good looking too) waving their flag after the countdown. There were a lots of people from around the world.
Oh without a doubt Paris is the center of fashion. It was so cold and the women don't give a fuck! They wore short skirt and heels - beautiful and fancy. The men are also very nice dress. I also saw some crazy fashion. It was Amazeballs!
Going back home was a struggle but we did get home save.
The next day, we roaming around. We went to the famous bridge, Pont de l'Archevêché. Unfortunately the bridge was covered. The padlocks were just too many and the bridge cannot support the weight. We bought a padlock and wrote our name but it is on the other bridge.
We went our separate way for lunch and promised to meet back. Syera and I decided to visit a mosque in Paris. It's not that big but it has been there for ages. This mosque used to protect Jews during the Holocaust. It also have halal restaurant near it, but we already eaten.
Since it was winter, it got dark early. These pictures down below, I think it was around 5-6 pm. We got some time to kill. These cathedral is so beautiful, Notre Dame de Paris and the buildings around this cathedral compliment it. You know the Disney Movie 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame', right? Kinda nice to see one of the building in real life that was a part of your childhood.
As we walked around we stumbled upon this place. I felt so disappointed not knowing there was an outdoor ice skating ring there because I really want to skate outdoor! My butt ain't that lucky after all. But I did find this place, which is nice.
Funny story which is not that funny: I asked the information counter how can I go to Notre-Dame because I wasn't quite sure and we didn't want to get lost as we have to leave that night. One of the guy who work there as he was explaining, he winked at me. Paris men are really straight forward. It's flattering knowing that other nationality do fancy you.
Please, don't listen to what people say about a place because you might experience something different. Keep an open mind and smile.