My Mom and I have a great time in Paris last week. It was a short trip, just 3,5 days, but we enjoyed our time extremely. We're luckie about the weather, the sky was the bluest blue, the Sun shone brightly, except on Saturday, when it was raining in the afternoon, but it wasn't a big problem, we came home on Saturday evening (CDG airport). We lived in Montmartre, 5 mins walking from Place de Clichy, a good place to reach every sight easily. The traffic was a chaos comparing to Budapest, bikes and motorbikes everywhere, and the subway tunnels seemed endless. My Mom doesn't like stairs, so we rather took buses to travel instead of subway. Bus lines are suprisingly good. I got our tickets and time slot reservations in advance where it was necessary or recommended, so we didn't have to wait in the queues too long. And we had a two-day Museum Pass for the rest sights. Some sights were very crowded, such as Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Sacre Coeur. The Leonardo De Vinci exhibiton in the Louvre was both beautiful and awful. The Museum overestimated the number of people who could see the pictures and drawings comfortably. Too much people and little oxygen in those tiny rooms. Nevermind, even though the circumstances, the exhibition was great. Our favourite places are Chapelle, Orangerie and Orsay. I loved them. Since it's Feb, we skipped the parks and gardens, and actually the restaurants too. Next time! Feb is not a bad time to visit a city. The queues are shorter, not at everywhere, but at the most of the sights and museums, and there's a lot to see inside the buildings in Paris. Eventually you can't see everything for a first time in Paris, have to go back in another month, probably at the end of April (in another year) or May, Sept. And skipping the crowded places like Louvre. Photos coming in the evening (now is afternoon).
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I'm so glad you had a great time Martina! I've had the pleasure of visiting Paris twice and I can't wait to go back again. I prefer the warmer months, but I just may go in Feb/March if it is significantly cheaper.
In preparation for the Pearl Jam London concert (July 10) and Comic Con (late July) having a high probability of being canceled, I'll plan to attend TIFF in September. I went ahead and booked a hotel at a good price at a great location/nice hotel. If I can go to London for Pearl Jam, I'll cancel my TIFF plans. But for now, I really want to try to make up for lost entertainment opportunities this summer.
Because ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL my plans have been ruined for April, May, June and July (including 2 trips to London), I'm going to treat myself to a local luxury. I booked a one-night stay at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey. I'm going to spend the day at the beach and enjoy one luxury evening at this renowned 5-star hotel. I've always wanted to stay at the Ritz, and I figure since all the hotels have been canceled for my trips, and I have received a refund for Coachella, why not do just one night at the Ritz? So I booked it for Saturday July 25, where I would have been in San Diego for 4 nights for Comic Con.
My 2021, which was going to be a quiet year as I plan to get my own place later that year, is going to make up for all the cancellations this summer.
I find that planning for something fun after the lockdown for Covid-19 eases up, gives me something to look forward to and helps keep my sanity.