One of the relaxing things about arriving in Paris, you can drag your fridge sized lime green suitcase all along the banks of the river Seine and no one would even look twice at you. There are so many visitors, it is like the norm. Another tourist, another backpacker, another asian with an embarrassing taste in colour for travel luggage. Even the chic Parisians would not waste a moments thought on you as they walk swiftly past going about their business in their designer winter wear.
Nevertheless, always one to save a bit of coin whenever I can, the trains do a marvelous job ferrying everyone from the airport and didn’t someone say Paris is a city made for walking? So as I push my lime green suitcase along the cobblestones beating out an annoyingly out of tune beat whilst swerving left and right to avoid the crowd like an Indian taxi driver in Mumbai, I smile knowing that it is just another day in Paris for the locals.
Finally, it is not often that I can think of travel tips but one thing sure stood out arriving in Paris this time. If you are taking the train and absolutely do not want to turn yourself into a comedy act like me when I struggle with my suitcase up and down all the stairs in the Paris subway, then station St Michel is where you want to stay near to! Believe it or not, it actually has a lift just off one of the side streets! It is an absolute lifesaver! In fact, it will take you all the way to the platform for the trains that service Charles De Gaule airport. Just remember though that there is no ticketing booth at the entry after you exit the lift so make sure you have a ticket on you.