The "City of Lights" was never part of my bucket list. I thought that it was just a typical big city packed with tourists (and pickpockets). But I was wrong! Despite getting lost a couple of times and enduring a mean stomachache here, this lovely metropolis managed to capture my heart.
Frenchies might appear as snobs and Paris might seem 'dangerous' after all those terror attacks and snatching incidents. But this city is beyond all those horror stories and stinky train stations combined. It is teeming with art, culture, history, nature, and bright lights--- making it perfect for solo travelers like me.
If you're planning on traveling here, here's my list of fun things to do in Paris:
1. Marvel at Eiffel Tower's majesty.
As they say, Eiffel is the heart and soul of Paris and one must not skip this landmark if you're in Paris.
I have never been to a place so magical that it made me wish that I did not travel alone… until I visited Venice, Italy.
I have survived a lot of things ALONE and actually enjoyed it ALONE; but I guess Venezia squeezed out the weak emotions hiding underneath my superficially courageous heart.
Granada’s my favorite city in Spain mainly because of the majestic Alhambra.
It is beyond spectacular— from its intriguing history and breathtaking views to its ingenious and incredible architecture.
I do not know how to perfectly describe this fortress and palatial city in one post so I will just share with you my list of reasons on why I fell in love with this magical place:
The Alcazaba (fortress) is the oldest part of the Alhambra. It was built in the mid-13th century by Sultan Alhamar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty. He established the last Moorish stronghold against the Christian crusaders.
Palacio de Carlos Quinto looks like a ‘lost’ palace in the middle of Alhambra.
It’s so different from the usual Moorish architecture of its neighboring structures that it looks like it’s a separate attraction. Part of Alhambra was actually demolished in order to build a palace after the name of Spain’s king.
Named after "Jardines del Alarife” or “Garden of the Architect,” Palacio de Generalife was built between the 12th and the 14th century.
I’ve already listed down some of the great things I learned from being single. But as much as I want to glorify the freedom, fun, and independence attached with this powerful status, I (*insert a long sigh*) need to admit that there are certain drawbacks for being a singleton.
I might be under the influence of these unreliable chemical messengers called hormones. Even though it might hurt my ‘lone wolf ego’ a bit, here’s an honest look at the downside of being single, based from my very rich experience:
1. You will sometimes feel lonely, alone, and empty.
We might wear a brave face every day, but sometimes, being single can be depressing. Solitude often kicks in when you have a problem, sickness, or when you have this nightmare called reunions and bring-a-date events. Your ultimate version of horror is when you’re in a room full of couples and kids, and there’s only the corner welcoming you. Or when you have to go to an event and the invitation says your name plus a +1— Sometimes you just want to cross out that evil +1 or hire a handsome smart robot to pose as your date.
2. You will sometimes feel the need of… (cringe) intimacy.
Sometimes, whether we like it or not, life has its ways of making you feel in need of this overrated romance. Blame it on perfect dreamy settings like a white-sand beach on a starry night, sunsets on top of mountains, acoustic concerts, bonfires, rainy cold nights… or (sigh) a romantic film. You sometimes miss those intense kisses, comforting cuddles, sweet caresses, a warm hand to hold on to, a firm shoulder to lean on, or just the thought of being touchy-feely with a significant other.
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