Wake up call: 3am
Flight time: 6:40am
BHX – CDG
Lately, I’ve found that my fatigue is pretty severe. My body aches and I struggle to get myself awake, up and about in the morning. But somehow when it’s a travel day I seem to miraculously have a little more energy. It’s almost as though the excitement gives a boost. So having a 3am wake up call wasn’t half as bad as I had thought.
Sam and I were heading to Paris for 3 nights, a mini break for some quality time together. And, of course to get some pictures for the CrohnsWithMe Instagram.
We landed at 9:30am, made our way through passport control and ordered an Uber to take us into the city. Paris was far busier than I had expected for a Sunday morning. We soon found out that a half marathon event was taking place – the runners were running from the Eiffel Tower to Versailles. As a result the road to our hotel was closed, so we were dropped a few streets away. As we walked towards the hotel we passed lots of little bakeries and cafes. The smell of coffee, croissants and crepes filled the air. I was ready for breakfast.
We stayed at the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, sat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower it was in the most ideal location. As we had arrived at around 10:30am I thought it would be too early to check in so I had made sure I was ready to head straight out and do some sightseeing. However, the check in gods were on our side. We were lucky enough for the room to be ready for us. The check in was smooth and as soon as we were ready we went out and headed for brunch.
Getting into the Parisian lifestyle, we ate crepes in a sidewalk cafe. It was relaxing, and a great way to ease into the french food.
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the area, walking around the Eiffel Tower and getting lots of photos. As it was Paris fashion week, there were lots of photo shoots going on in the cobbled side streets in and around the area of the Eiffel Tower. It was interesting to watch.
But perhaps my favourite thing about our first day in Paris, was our choice of dinner that evening. Following a few cocktails we found a Pizza Hut. We ordered pizza (in poor French) and ate it on our balcony which overlooked the Eiffel Tower. The Tower was shining bright and it was one of the most magical welcome’s to a city.
Full on pizza our first day was closed, we got an early night. Recharged and refreshed for day 2.
City breaks aren’t typically relaxing. There is usually a lot of sightseeing to do in a short amount of time. It can be pretty exhausting on anyone, let alone someone like myself with Crohn’s. I think I had definitely used up all of my energy for the month, in just a few days. Whoops. But there are a few things that I like to do to make the most of the time I have in a city.
1. Plan – think about what sights you want to see and attractions you want to visit.
2. Map a route – don’t waste energy by walking, to walk back on yourself multiple times. Try and plan a circular route to reserve as much energy as possible.
3. Go light on the first day – use the first day to explore the immediate area. Figure out where you are staying and get used to the area before going further afield.
Here are a few shots from day 1📸 :