Sadly my trip had to come to an end. From Geneva I was bound for Paris to catch a plane back home to Toronto the following morning. I had one full day in Paris before my flight so I decided to make the most of it. One of the things I wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance at the start of my trip, was see the new Peninsula Hotel in Paris. The grand opening was on August 1, so when I visited the hotel it was only the 5th day since opening!
Two summers ago I completed an internship at the Peninsula Tokyo. It was a fantastic learning opportunity to improve my Japanese.
The Peninsula Paris is a restored 19th century classic building, which first opened as one of Paris’s most luxurious “grands hotels” in 1908. The restoration took six years from the hotel’s façade to interior elements including fine marble, rich wood panelling and gold leaf finishing. The Lobby is at the heart of every Peninsula hotel
I was a little hesitant at first to ask for a tour, I knew it would be busy as they were still into their first week of opening. But I really wanted to see the rooms and restaurants so I asked the concierge if someone would be available to show me around. They were so willing and called on one of the guest relations employees to give me a tour.
The employee that gave me a tour happened to be a hospitality student from EHL (Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne), so we had a lot to talk about as we dived into school and our different experiences with the company and in the industry. View from the restaurant
Later that afternoon I walked to the busy Place Charles de Gaulle to see the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc is most notably one of Paris’ most distinctive historic landmark. To safely reach the monument there’s an underground passageway on the Champs-Elysees that comes up at the base of the Arc.
View down the Champs-Elysées in ParisLeaving Europe stung. Literally. I got stung by a bee on my walk back home. If I wasn’t so busy worrying about my first sting by a bee I would have been really sad to leave. But (after the swelling in my arm started to go away) I realized that there will always be so much more to see and that I will definitely return to Europe soon. In my weeks of traveling, I also became aware of the fact that there are so many way to enjoy travel – whether it’s on a night train, meeting people you want to stay friends with, discovering the best waffle in the world, or marvelling at nature – I will never want to stop exploring and finding adventure wherever I go.
Thank you to every kind stranger who was willing to take my photo and every sandwich that got me through this trip. And for my supportive family and friends who made me realize that travelling solo is totally possible and the best way to fully experience each place and culture! And thanks for reading my stories if you’ve been following along, it’s been such a joy sharing this adventure.