By: Diana Gpe. Villanueva Jimenez

In 2021, we all feared covid in my family, specifically my eldest daughter who was left with a sequel of cerebral thrombosis, they were months of very slow recovery and uncertainty, as the months went by she was improving, since 2020 we had planned a trip to the beach, and it was postponed due to covid, 2021 because of her, in 2022 the panorama was becoming clearer for everyone in the family, and we said that it was time to forget about the sadness that attacked us the previous year, and celebrate the life that allows us to continue together.

It was always my dream to go to Paris, however I thought I would do it when I reached old age, it seemed very far away, it was then that my husband said “and why wait? If we can go this year” then I thought “why not?” If we have seen death up close and we do not know what will happen tomorrow, so we prepared to fulfill this dream that would come true in less time than expected and all together, my 3 children, my husband and we took my mother too!

We traveled for 10 days; we booked the hotel and flights through a travel agency, since thanks to Alan’s videos, we decided to go on our own, without a tour, and we followed his advice; how to buy tickets for the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc.

Thank you so much for inspiring us, Alan! When you mentioned jetlag, I was incredulous, I admit it because my thought was, how can you feel tired walking in Paris!? But the truth is that you fell short, what a shame, I have never felt so tired at the same time in my life, haha, but what a beauty!

The day after our arrival, the first thing we had planned was to go to the Eiffel Tower. I swear that when we got there, it was such an emotion that I didn’t believe was happening to me. We couldn’t stop taking videos and photos. We were so anxious, as if they were going to take it away from us! Haha, while I was digesting what I was seeing, we all looked for the entrance line to go up. Up there, it was such an impressive view! I didn’t want to get off. From up there, we could see Champs Mars, Trocadero, the Seine River, and I told everyone, “Let’s go there and there!”

We finished our tour at the top and went to eat in front of the tower. We had a picnic in front of the Iron Lady. What a spectacular feeling! We were all happy and very tired, but we didn’t care. We walked along Champs Mars, then we went back to the Seine River and went to Trocadero. There, a souvenir seller approached us. He was so kind and took several funny photos of us with the Tower in the background. Night fell and we saw the Illuminated Tower. What a thrill it was for everyone. We were filled with this image.

The next day, we visited the Louvre Museum, walked through the Tuileries Gardens where my children enjoyed the imposing and majestic Ferris wheel, how gigantic!

The next day, we went to Disney. It rained but it didn’t matter. We didn’t want to leave so we got very late and they closed the subway! It was an odyssey to get to the hotel, haha.

The next day we visited the Arc de Triomphe, what a majesty, we walked down the Champs Elysees, we ate macarons, delicious! We went to the Dior Galleries, we visited the Picasso Museum, we walked through the Luxembourg Gardens; on Sunday we visited the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles, by little train, because we were tired, we visited the Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s house; that day we had time left and we returned to the Tower.

The other days we went to the Latin Quarter in search of Mexican food, which was so missed, we went to Notre Dame, but it was under reconstruction, at night we took a tour along the Seine, and we went to Moulin Rouge for the show.

We visited the Montmartre neighborhood where an artist drew my son, we visited Sacré Coeur, and we went to the Opera Garnier, which I fell in love with since I saw it in one of your videos. We missed many places to visit, but we were very happy, it was an unforgettable trip, this year we will take another family trip, we are going to Italy!


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