Travel Guide of my favorite cities in Europe!


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Paris is my all time favorite city (not counting Ireland of course!). If I could I would travel back to France right now!

I was lucky enough to meet up with my good friend in Paris to show me all the cool places to go! My favorite spot that we went to was Montmartre. It’s a long hike up to the top, but walking through the streets and past the cute restaurants and shops make it worth it. There are hundreds of steps to walk up which make you pass through groups of people, drinking eating and enjoying music being played by a bystander! At the top are the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and the Saint Pierre de Montmartre. I recommend coming up an hour before the sunset, sit on the church steps, bring cheese and wine and have fun!

Tourist spots that are definitely worth seeing are Notre dame, the Eiffel tower, and the Louvre museum. After I went to see the Notre Dame, we walked down by the river as far as we could and stumbled upon the lovelock bridge, which is a cool place to check it! We ended up checking out the Eiffel tower a few times because we kept walking past it. The Louvre museum is definitely a cool place to check out, especially if you want to see the Mona Lisa! (Way smaller than I imagined). A day trip also worth doing is visiting the Palace of Versailles. The rooms, garden, and lakes are breathe taking!

One restaurant that you HAVE to find is “Pain Vin Fromage.” My friend told me it was his favorite restaurant and that I needed to try the fondue. It was the best cheese I have ever had in the world! The bread that we had to dip in the cheese was also incredible. Another amazing restaurant that offer great tapas that are tiny appetizers and fantastic wine is called “Avant Comptoir.” I tried so many interesting things but I loved every single one!

Obviously desserts that everyone must try in Paris are the éclair, macaroons and crepes. You can find these anywhere you turn in Paris, but try and look for a nice authentic café rather than a street cart! Try all the baguettes you can because you don’t find bread like that in America!

Think Long Term to Make Good Decisions

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I'm on a Southwest Airlines flight right now, heading from DC to San Francisco. The way food works on Southwest is they hold out a big basket full of snacks, and you take whatever you want for free. None of the snacks are healthy; it's crackers and cookies and chips.

I have to admit, I was really tempted to take a pack of Oreos. The justifications are easy to come up with: I've already paid for those Oreos, I'm coming off a long trip where I was off my diet, one small packet of Oreos doesn't really matter.

No Oreos for me, though. The huge basket was dropped on the middle seat next to me, I saw all the glistening blue packs of Oreos, and I avoided taking them. I don't always make the disciplined decision, but I make it a lot, and I'm getting better at it all the time. The trick, I've found, is to consider the aggregate long term in every decision.

Oreos are a short term play. For a period of thirty seconds or so, I will have the pleasurable biological response of eating something fabricated specifically to elicit that response. It's not about hunger or nutrition, it's about very short term pleasure. That by itself isn't so bad-- taking momentary pleasure in the joys of every day life is an excellent practice.

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