We went to Europe for a day.
Why would someone travel so far and only stay on the continent for 26 hours (which included clearing customs, sleeping, and getting ourselves back to the airport for our departing flight).
Well, we are an airline family. We are able to travel at the last minute. In fact we don’t usually know until the last minute if we can travel or not. Space available travel means we only get to go if there are empty seats on the plane. We don’t always know until we are waiting to board a flight if there will be room for us or not. Travel with this method is discounted, but not for the faint of heart. We go when no one else is going and have to be flexible in our travel plans. So, my husband had a few days off work and the flights had seats. That was all we needed to board a plane to Paris for 26 hours.
With all that being said, our trip was a spur of the moment. We decided on Friday night and packed Saturday to leave on Sunday morning. We arrived in Paris on Monday/Tuesday and came home on Wednesday. It was a whirlwind of excitement and with little time to plan we weren’t sure how it would turn out.
There are so many amazing sights to see in Paris. But the top of our list was la Tour Eiffel. We saw the Eiffel Tower and dined on amazing cuisine. I think the trick to enjoying such a short trip is the same as any trip. Drop your expectations of accomplishing it all and see/do what you can with the time you have. We wanted to see and do everything Paris had to offer, but we knew that was not possible.
We were able to view the Eiffel tower, eat a macaroon by the Seine River, and drive past the Ecole Militiare (military training facility). We drank wine from various locations in France in a beautiful open air restaurant and walked down cobblestone streets.
We were certainly not ready to come home after such a quick visit, but I am sure the baguettes will be waiting for us when we get back and the line to see the Mona Lisa may include us next time.
Paris was amazing on our quick visit. While 26 hours wasn’t quite enough, I recommend it over never going.