A Parisian Surprise, or Three

Nicolette Brycki - A Parisian Surprise, or Three

Anytime you're traveling on your own, you're bound to encounter the unexpected. Sometimes these surprises are pleasant and fun, other times not. Now, on the fashion end of the spectrum, I'm not one to wear sneakers and casual wear in European cities, because I hate to give off the tourist look, and I truly just want to look chic. Today, however, was an exception, as my husband and I knew that we'd be on our feet all day. After a quick breakfast of buttery croissants and fig and raisin rolls, we hopped on the metro to get to our first stop of the day: the Louvre, before the crowds lined up.

Surprise #1: Our metro line was broken. What to do in a foreign city? With map in hand, and my travel brain working, I found an alternate route that got us there a little later than initially planned, but with enough time to tour the exhibits and make our way to the Latin Quarter for our "free" tour of Paris. Surprisingly, the free tour of Paris was exceptionally good, so we tipped our tour guide the rate we felt it was worth, and stumbled upon the next surprise.

Surprise #2: Our metro line was broken. What to do in a foreign city? With map in hand, and my travel brain working, I found an alternate route that got us there a little later than initially planned, but with enough time to tour the exhibits and make our way to the Latin Quarter for our "free" tour of Paris. Surprisingly, the free tour of Paris was exceptionally good, so we tipped our tour guide the rate we felt it was worth, and stumbled upon the next surprise.

Surprise #3: The fun house. Over ten years ago, when I was in France for the very first time, I came across a carnival in the Jardin de Tuilleries section, which was quite a lot of fun. Reminisicing, I wondered if the same crazy fun house was brought back, and sure enough, it was! My husband and I, like big kids, tried to stay on our feet in a fun house saturated with little children. After a few great laughs, we decided to have a nutella and banana crepe, and a candy apple. So, of course, we weren't counting calories, but then again, we're on vacation.

Of course, Paris isn't complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower, which is exactly what we did, with an unexpected road bump. Surprise #3: Nicolette loses 50 euros in a street game. Oh! The pain and stupidity I felt, thinking how many ways I could have used that money. I was swindled.

The moral of the story is: traveling brings good surprises and bad surprises. If they're good, enjoy today. If not, tomorrow is a whole other day.