Lisa Lansing

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Staycation in Paris, Ljubljana tomorrow!

I can’t believe my two weeks in Paris ends tomorrow! I feel like I just arrived.

When I arrived in Paris, I compiled a long list of must-see attractions: markets, parks, museums, and the like. As the days went on, however, I found myself content with staying inside the flat, writing, working, and playing piano or simply strolling around the Belleville neighborhood instead. This flat is far away from tourists so visiting shops and walking the streets here is stress-free. I never had to venture far from the flat as several food shops were just around the corner.


I wandered around the Sacré-Cœur, Notre Dame, spent a day in the Louvre, and did a walking tour of Paris. Besides that, I’ve avoided the rest of my Paris must-see list because I needed a break. Before I started this trip, I had the vision that I’d be out exploring every single day. I’ve been living with other people and on the go constantly since I departed Scotland with the exception of the week in Berlin when I rented a flat to myself.

Being on the go 24/7 tires me. I can keep it up for a while but eventually I need downtime to relax. I like to write and reflect on my thoughts, listen to music, prepare my food (there isn’t much to it, but still!) in peace, and spend the entire day in bed if I feel like it. 

I’m sure you can relate. If you live in one location for an extended period of time, you have plenty of days where you lounge around the house in your pajamas. Maybe you binge-watch Netflix shows or play video games, or you simply listen to music and read. Regardless of how you like to spend your free time, this time is for you to unwind. This is the downtime I craved.

Fortunately, Paris was the perfect place for a staycation.

I don’t plan on doing another trip like this one, where I move to a new location every few weeks. In the future I’ll travel slowly, spending a few months in a location before moving on. This way I can ensure I have ample downtime without the pressure of being on the move 24/7.

I did wander through the touristy areas of Paris a few days but since I spent most of my time in the flat, I didn’t take many photos. I wish I had more photos from my time in Paris but I wasn’t feeling it. Love ruined me, in a way. Before I’d be fine with walking the streets by myself but now all I can think about is how much better it would be if I had Kuba by my side. I lack the motivation to venture out with my camera every day. And when I do go out, it’s difficult for me to find interesting subjects…somehow the world becomes more interesting when I hold his hand.

Ponts de Arts. This bridge used to be the site of the ‘locks of love.’ Since 2008, couples attached locks (symbolising their love) to the bridge railing. This was so popular that part of the bridge collapsed in 2015 under the weight of almost a million locks weighing 45 tons! Now the railing has been replaced with plexiglass. No more love locks here!

Of course, the highlight of my time in Paris was the short weekend spent with him. We only had 24 hours together but seeing and feeling him in person completely boosted my mood. Now I have new energy for the rest of this trip!

Tomorrow I’m off to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. I’ll spend a week there before heading to Croatia. I have almost two full months in Croatia and plenty of time to myself.

I can’t wait to return to Scotland in December! Just 3.5 months to go.

You can find more photos from Paris in my Gallery as well as photos from the rest of my Euro trip. I hope you like them!

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