The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City.
When there’s a festival, there’s always some crazy party somewhere. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year’s Sinulog. Although I don’t miss the crowded and crazy streets of Sinulog, I do miss my friends. I miss hanging out with them during Sinulog cause it’s the only time that all of us could hang-out together and being in another country made it worse. So I went to Paris and had my own kind of Sinulog.
I was meeting one of my friends from my theatre group who is now based in London. They came to Paris to celebrate their anniversary as a couple. I came to Paris just to have dinner with them but I decided to stay longer because I never spent enough time to see city.
Besides having dinner with them, I went to see the Louvre Museum, Disneyland Paris, Montmartre, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. By the way, I went to these places alone. Yes, it does sound sad but I had fun. 😉
On my first day, I went to Disneyland. Before my trip, I was already hesitant to go to Disneyland alone. I am usually with my brother when I visit these kind of places. Also, I was supposed to be with my friends but they booked for an earlier date. But I braved the cold and went to Disneyland. I only went to a few rides though, and mostly walked around the park for the rest of the day. After I watched the frozen show, it literally started to snow. It was my first time, and I loved it! After that, I just waited for the fireworks. It was still snowing, by the way. So it was truly a struggle recording it.
The next day, I visited the Louvre. I didn’t realize how big it was until I was inside. I went in and looked for Mona Lisa. It took me awhile to find it and when I did, there were a lot of people! There was sort-of a line to get to the front and see the painting clearly. I roamed around the huge museum for a while, I even found some artists who makes their own interpretation of the paintings exhibited in the Louvre and when I wanted to go out for lunch, I kept getting lost! I tried to find the exit towards the lobby but it seemed that I just keep finding another part of the museum. I did eventually got out and had lunch at one of the restaurants at the lobby.
I still had a few hours to kill before my dinner with my friends, so I decided to go back inside the museum. This time I started on the opposite building, and still the same thing happened to me. I got lost again, trying to find a toilet, which was near the King’s chamber (or was it Napoleon’s? I’m not sure anymore.) Then trying to find an exit because I was running late. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get my coat on time. (They have a cloakroom!) But all is well, I got my things and went to my dinner.
On my last day in Paris, I went to see the small neighbourhood of Montmartre. My scheduled train going back home to Bordeaux was 3:28PM. I already allocated time for the sightseeing and lunch. I had a quick-lunch at this small restaurant just outside the metro station. Half way through on my way to the hostel, I realized I left my gloves at the restaurant. The gloves were special because I bought it in Barcelona, and I had to go back for it.
I still went back to the hostel, which is on the opposite side of Montmartre, to get my bag and brought it with me all they way back to the restaurant, and then try to catch my scheduled train. Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it. The train had just left when I arrived, so I bought another ticket and took the next train to Bordeaux. It was draining dragging my bag through Paris, all because I couldn’t leave my precious gloves.
At least I learned to always keep an eye on my things before I leave a place. LOL.
WHERE TO STAY: Three Ducks Hostel
WHERE TO BUY DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Local Paris Tours