My visit to Paris taught me there are times when my imagination blinds me to the truth.

“La Ville Lumière”

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Awe, Paris!

La Ville Lumière! The setting for so many of those romantic movies I love. After a lifetime longing to see the world from the tippy-top of the Eiffel Tower; starry-eyed visions of walking the halls of The Louvre and seeing Mona Lisa with my own eyes. After decades of fantasizing of Parisian cafés, buttery croissants and escargot, I finally set foot in the place of my dreams.

And you know what?

I hated it!

Okay – I didn’t exactly hate it, but I learned quickly that sometimes your imagination blinds you to the truth, and the truth was Paris isn’t the place of my dreams.

Yes, I did the typical tourist thing, and maybe that was the problem. I visited Musée du Louvre and saw Mona Lisa. The painting wasn’t that remarkable in person. Don’t get me wrong, the painting itself is a work of art, but in person, it just wasn’t as astonishing as everyone thinks. On top of that, much of the museum was under renovations, so a visit that should have been exciting and enjoyable was rated a lowly three out of ten on my scale.

A spur-of-the moment visit to Musée d’Orsay was enjoyable except for the rude American family who thought they were world experts on photography and art, and wanted everyone in the vicinity to know it. I hope they were as good with Photoshop as they were at being rude since I made it my mission to photobomb ever family photo they took at the museum. Yes, every photo! Well, maybe they shouldn’t have called me all those nasty names when they thought I didn’t speak English!

I didn’t make it to the Catacombs because I broke my rule – always pre-book if you’re visiting major tourist attractions. Arriving early at the Catacombs under the impression I would get tickets was a worse idea. The line wrapped around the corner, and I wasn’t in the mood to spend the whole day waiting in line. I left a little sad, but with a valuable lesson learned – stick to my rules!

Being a L.A. girl, Disneyland is a major part of my life. Thus, I couldn’t pass up a trip to Disney Paris.

Disney Paris wasn’t exactly bad, but it’s no Disneyland or DisneyWorld. With thirty percent of the rides closed for various reasons, and the extremely long lines, and this was the “Fast Track” lines, my visit wasn’t special or magical. The visit to Walt Disney Studios Park next door was far better. I especially enjoyed the Ratatouille ride and the studio backlot tour.

However, every dark cloud has a silver lining. My silver lining was my visit to La Tour Eiffel.

WOW!

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What a beautiful site. The view for the top of the world was worth the multiple security checks and the crowds. This was the highlight or my Paris visit, although photobombing that nasty family was the most fun, haha.

Will I visit Paris again? Probably, it is Paris after all. But is Paris on my annual adventure plans list?

No!

Nevertheless …

HAVE PASSPORT, WILL TRAVEL!

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