Bonjour Paris! RTW Trip Paris Day 1
I have to definitely apologize for the late blogging, but I finally have a few dates up!
Today marks the very first day of our around the world trip for one year! I will be documenting where we stay, what we eat, see, and do on a budget of $50 per person, per day. Since there are two of us, it is just easier to think of our budget as $100USD per day.
Today also marks the very first day of ever using AirBNB. Yup, we were very hesitant, but finally took the plunge. Why oh why have we waited this long??? We found an adorable private room in the 11th arrondissement in Paris.
Our lovely host spoke English, have us juice and strong espresso, and even bake us some bread! Our room is in the Bastille area of Paris, which I have been told is a hip area with not very many tourists and a lot of cool restaurants. Our room was adorned with a modern bohemian feel complete with wifi, access to the kitchen, and a 2 person elevator that made me feel extremely Parisienne.
Venturing from the airport wasn’t bad either. We took the cheapest route taking the RER and then switching to the metro. This cost a total of €19.50 for the both of us. Make sure to use euro coins as their machines don’t accept bills and also rejected our foreign credit cards. I think we got to our AirBNB in less than an hour.
We mainly walked around the city since it was already late afternoon. We saw the bridge with locks, the Louvre at night, walked along the Seine River (hello drinking outside!), and stopped off at a cheap bar called the Sully.
Here is our rundown of costs for today:
AirBNB per night: $47.25
RER train and metro to our AirBNB: €19.50
Bottle of red wine €3.50 (reminder to myself that perhaps Baron de Lyssan isn’t the best choice for a red!)
Two pints of Stella €7 at a cheap bar called The Sully.
With today’s exchange rate, the total basically comes to $91 USD or $45.50 per person. Where is all the food we ate?
Brunch: French toast, strawberry yogurt, fruit cup, tea, water, baguette with butter and jam (free airplane meal with XL Airways which was served around noon Paris time)
Dinner: Spanish rice, homemade bread, coffee and juice. OK- so this is where I cheated. I brought a rice mix pack from home that probably cost me $1.50 and brought it with me.
So perhaps today’s total looks more like $93.
What I learned: Coins are your best friend when purchasing train tickets for the metro in Paris as some don’t take bills.
Here are a few shots from our first travel day:
Eating our final meal in New York before heading out: Of course we went to Shake Shack at JFK airport.
Our cute little AirBNB in Paris along with the bread our host made for us!
Here is the Louvre at night!