This was my second visit to the “City of Lights” and AK’s first. Although it didn’t leave a great impression the first time around, I decided to give it another chance, since AK had never been. Paris is one of those places that everyone has to go to at least once, and after being twice, I have concluded – Paris is not for me. There’s something about the over-romanticized image portrayed by media that left Paris very underwhelming for me (however, I did enjoy Montmartre). But, this is all personal opinion and I know many people that would easily rank Paris amongst their favourite cities in the world.
From Lisbon to Paris, it was an easy 2.5 hours flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with Easyjet. You can also choose to travel via train or bus, which both take over 20 hours.
Barcelona was full of architectural wonder and, although we had some delicious meals, the food was even more impressive in Madrid. If you are a foodie, Madrid is the place to go.
Madrid has a much slower and relaxed pace in comparison to the super crowded and busy streets of Barcelona. There were moments when we felt like we were the only tourists around, which was pretty much impossible to experience in Barcelona. In terms of architecture, however, Madrid is a little less impressive, in fact we had to leave our walking tour halfway because we were so bored (sorry, Madrid, I blame the tour guide).
Monaco is the second smallest country in the world (only 2.02 km2), so it doesn’t take long to explore. We only needed half a day to go sightseeing at a comfortable pace. BUT, of course, if you plan to do any activities, you will need to plan ahead and allocate more time.
July this year we swapped the
gloomy winter in Sydney for a Mediterranean summer in Nice.
We spent roughly 48 hours in the city seeing and eating as much as we could before we moved on to our next destination. After 26.5 hours of travel time from Sydney to Nice, it was totally worth it!