I love a good travel itinerary but sometimes the most memorable experiences come from the unplanned.
One of my favorite travel memories is from when I was walking with my mom to the Place de la Concorde from the Arc de Triomphe and suddenly there was a noticeable change in surroundings. Crowds had thinned out. The noise softened. We had even slowed our pace. I looked around and realized we were walking pass the Jardin des Champs Elysees. For those few minutes as we passed by, it was like we had Paris all to ourselves. The contrast between the two busy ends of the avenue with a slowed down pace of the garden in between left a strong impression in my mind.
So why tell this story…well, memories can come from anywhere, at anytime and you don’t want to miss experiencing them. While our itinerary was to arrive at the Place de la Concorde, had we been too focused on our destination, we would have missed experiencing this brief moment of serenity.
So during your visit to Paris, be sure to be where you are. These little experiences cost very little but add richness to your travels.