If my Instagram hasn't been any indication, I went to France for nine days with Ms. Chan. The first stop was Paris, where we stayed in a small Airbnb apartment in the Batignolles neighborhood in the 17th arrondissement.
We didn't want to lug our bags around on the first day, since we couldn't check into the Airbnb until around 8 p.m., so we used this service called Eelway. It was remarkably useful -- we booked it before we took the flight, and when we landed our Eelway representative was waiting for us at the airport in Paris. He took our bags, and he said someone will meet us with our bags at the Airbnb apartment around 8 p.m. And another Eelway representative did! It was a fairly flawless service.
Paris was definitely my favorite part of the trip. There's just something about the city that leaves you wanting more. The rich history, the hustle and bustle that's reminiscent of New York City, did I mention the history? Wherever we went, I couldn't help trying to find the year the building we were standing in was constructed. (The oldest may have been 15 B.C. in Lyon!) Ms. Chan and I went so far as to ask our Airbnb host average rent prices in the Batignolles area -- but we should probably learn a little French first.
Anyway, the first day we walked from Gare de Châtelet Les Halles past the Louvre, through Place de la Concorde, over the Pont Alexandre III bridge, and through the Champs-Élysées. We arrived at the Arc de Triomphe, but we skipped going up to the top that day and headed to our Airbnb.