72 Hours in Paris
On a whim, my friend Riley and I decided to book a last minute flight to Paris for a 4-day weekend during our final semester of law school. We both spent significant time in the military and traveled quite a bit for our jobs. However, neither of us had found much time to travel since leaving the military to attend law school. While we were only able to spend 72 hours in Paris, we still had a great time and were reminded of how much we missed traveling. We both vowed to make sure we traveled more in the future.
We flew Wow Air from Washington DC to Paris with a short lay over in Iceland. Our flight was less than $300 dollars – a deal we just could't pass up and why we decided to go to Paris in the first place. While we did eventually get to Paris, we had to endure sitting in a hot airplane on the tarmac in DC for almost 4 hours. In all fairness to the airline, there was bad weather that day and the stated cause of the delay was the long line to deice the plane. I'm still on the fence on whether to fly Wow Air again despite having extremely low airfares to European countries. Luckily for us, we still made it to Iceland in time to catch our flight to Paris.
After arriving in Paris, we headed to our hotels. While Riley stayed in a more conventional hotel, I opted for a low-cost option. My hotel cost $52 a night. I stayed at the Hotel Eiffel Kensington. And while it might not be the smallest hotel room in Paris as the title of my video suggests, it was certainly the smallest hotel room I had ever stayed in – and that's saying a lot for a guy that's stayed in many military booked accommodations!
Set in the 7th arrondissement (district) of Paris, my hotel was just a 5-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. The 7th district has a reputation for being one of the most affluent parts of Paris and it attracts a lot of tourists due to its proximity to the Eiffel Tower. However, because we went in February, there weren't many tourist and we had most of the neighborhood to ourselves.
While being close to the Eiffel Tower was nice, once we visited it, there was nothing to really do in our neighborhood and it was pretty lifeless and boring once the sun went down. Looking back on it, I probably would have stayed in a more vibrant, lively and culturally diverse neighborhood like Montmartre, South Pigalle or Belleville-Menilmontant. This couple was gracious enough to let me take their photo in the Montmartre neighborhood.
While brief, my visit to Paris has definitely reignited my passion for travel and will undoubtedly serve as the spring board for future travels. Prior to this trip, I had never traveled apart from the military and I did not realize how easy and low cost it is to travel now days. I plan to document my adventures through this blog, youtube channel and instagram as I begin exploring the world post military.