Paris.One budget. Two days. Seven things to do.

Two days in Paris, no problem. In this guide I share seven budget friendly things you should do while you’re out there. I feel as if I was in Paris for one week, when in reality it was only two days. I kept busy and I kept moving. Paris was the first stop of my Winter Wonderland 2018 trip.

My place of rest  while in Paris was St Christopher’s in by the canal. Yes, I stayed at a hostel, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I did say this was a budget friendly guide. Staying at a hostel was as ‘extreme as it gets’ in terms of visiting Paris on a budget.

 

1. Notre-Dame de Paris

 

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Notre-Dame de Paris

Situated on ile de la cite, one of the many islands in Paris. Notre-Dame de Paris reminds me of York Minster, equally as breath-taking when you approach it. For about two seconds I was lost for words. Notre-Dame de Paris is one of those monuments that you have to see up close before you can appreciate how grand it really it.  The inside of the Cathedral is okay. The outside is stunning.

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Notre-Dame de Paris

 

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Notre-Dame de Paris

 2. Love Lock bridge

You may have seen the headlines. ’45 tonnes of locks removed’. If you are caught attaching a lock to a bridge you may be fined!

3. Eiffel Tower

I mean, you kind of have to see it in the flesh. Let me be the first one to tell you. It is absolutely massive! The Eiffel tower is located right by the river Seine.

 

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4. Seine River Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens

For a two for one experience, start you mini cruise thirty minutes before sunset. That way half of your cruise will be during the day, and the second half will be lit by the Eiffel tower during the evening.

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Seine River Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens

 

5. Louvre Museum

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Its free to entre if you are under 26 and are a member of the EU. No need to wait at the ticket office, just go straight to the exhibitions (with your passport of course). Before going to the Louvre, have a plan of action. My plan was to see the Mona Lisa and I did just that. IN 2 HOURS. Yes, I was there for a while, not because of the long waiting times, but because of all the other pieces of art that I had to stop and stare at.

While I was in Paris I visited the Louvre twice. The first time was with Sandeman’d Paris. Watch my vlogs below.

 

6. Galeries Lafayette and its observation point

For a stunning view of Paris, visit Galeries Lafayette. French version of Harrods is the only way I can describe it. Make your way to the top and you’ll find a stunning view of Paris.

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 7. Arc de Triomphe

Shop till you drop then visit Arc de Triomphe, easily accessible from all twelve of it’s radiating avenues. If you plan on visiting more than one European country, you will find several versions of the Arc de Triopmphe. Barcelona and Lisbon have one!

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My vegan journey: How I did it

I became a vegan very slowly. Having somewhat of a ‘why’ before I completely transitioned into a vegan diet helped to keep my progress consistent.

Quick note: I didn’t watch those vegan conspiracy programmes, Cowspiracy or earthlings. I don’t ever plan on watching them. I’ve seen clips, and I feel like, well I know for a fact that they have the potential to have a very negative impact on my mindset. (i.e nightmares and displaced anger).

So how did I really become vegan?
Well, I was a vegetarian for 18 months before I became a vegan. I cut out meat but was still eating dairy, eggs and fish. So more specifically, I was a pescatarian for 6 months and a full-on vegetarian for 12 months. Once I became a vegetarian I noticed that my diet wasn’t completely complete (ironic at the time, yes I know it).


As a vegetarian my diet was heavily based around carbs, a lot of carbs, bread, rice, pizza and POTATOES, a lot of POTATOES, and more bread which just annihilated my digestive system. I was at this stage of digestive annihilation for a while. Slowly I began to eat more foods that I knew were good for me, fruits vegetables and pulses.

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I then began to cut out cheese from my diet. Cheese and milk were very easy for me to give up. I never really had a craving for them. While I was still a vegetarian, the next thing that I cut out was mayonnaise, this was harder considering the amount of POTATOES I was eating. However, after about 3 weeks I was complete over it.
All that was left for me to give up was eggs. Simply because eggs are so convenient. They are in a lot of snacks and can form a whole meal on their own. Once I made and was successful at the active intention to give up eggs, I was completely done with it. There was no backtracking. If I knew what eggs really were. They would have been way easier for me to give up. But hey, that’s what you call progress.

Once I finally cut eggs out I was a vegan. On Jan 1st, 2018 I made the decision that I was going to trial out being a vegan for a year.

 

 

 

 

(DISCLAIMER: THIS POST WAS WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO BEFORE I HAD MY OWN WEBSITE)

Don’t pray to be someone else

 

Because everyone has their own problems. Life looks rosy on the outside, but everyone has their own battles. We all have our gripes. Now. I am not saying everyone has crap to deal with at every moment in time. But what I am saying, is that we all have things we want to change. Things that we wish we could improve. Others like you or me may see it as perfection. But individuals themselves may want to change it.

 

For example, people always complement me on my figure. BUT for the longest time I’ve wanted to change it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like my figure. However, like most ladies. I wish I had a smaller frame.  Let’s go deeper and use another example. I’m sure you may have heard this one or something like it. It’s about a girl on Instagram. Everyday she would post pictures of gifts (cards, flowers, money etc) from her boyfriend. Underneath the pictures would be a whole bunch of people commenting: #goals #relationshipgoals #couple goals, ‘I wish my boyfriend was more like yours’. Fair enough. Who doesn’t want their boyfriend to adorn them with gifts? Later on it was revealed that the reason her boyfriend was getting her so many gifts was because he was physically abusing her. He got them to ‘try make up for his wrong’. Moral of the story is, if people knew the crap they were both dealing with behind closed doors. No one would wish to be them. Yes, it’s good to have people to aspire to be like. But the moment you wish to be someone else is the moment you need to take a step back and really think about what it is you are praying for. Do you want the gifts, because you may also be praying for all the extras?

Nowadays, when I pray I read the Lord’s Prayer, asking for Gods will to be done in heaven and on earth. Because quite frankly, I don’t know what’s going on behind every closed door. Not all is what is seems, and I have no idea how big icebergs really are.

 

God can’t bless you where you pretend to be. What that phrase means to me.

 

To me it means stop wasting time living your best life in your head. Just live your real life, even if it isn’t always your best life. What exactly is your best life? It’s all relative. Accept your reality and live in it. Don’t pretend to be elsewhere. If you do that you may miss what is really for you. People can’t meet you if you are not present. You can’t hear the doorbell ring if you are not home. Don’t let real life pass you by. Time waits for no one, and the time spent living in your head cannot be refunded. Instead, the time spent living in your head will be asking you for a refund! – ‘You didn’t live your best life properly, come back and do it again’. (Meditate on that and deep it).

God can’t bless you where you pretend to be. Not just in a mental sense; as in imagining things, dreaming of a 4-week work life in Bali. But also, in a physical sense. Can you really afford those trainers? Or are you getting them just because…. Why not leave the money and use it to buy something that is really for you? Something that will help you live your real best life. (not the best life that the world tells you to live).

God can’t bless where you pretend to be. So, live a life that is true. To. You:

  • One that leaves time for reflection
  • One that is guided by your moral compass
  • One that allows you to live freely without become a slave to the system

God can’t bless where you pretend to be. What that phrase means to me. To me it means. God will be with you where you are. God sends us peace. God didn’t send it to the house we will be living in ten years’ time. God didn’t send it to our graduate job. God sent it directly to you. Not where you pretended to be.

 

God can’t bless where you pretend to be. What that phrase means to me.

It means getting rid of your fantasy self. Your fantasy self is killing you. The person who you wish you were, but aren’t really.

Next post idea? Declutter your fantasy self and let your real shine?