What I adore about this city is that daily life here is never mundane. Even an ordinary Sunday morning can turn into a wonderful adventure. There is always so much to see and do and even 6 months later that is the case.
A couple of weekends ago N surprised me with a helium balloon ride over Paris. We walked towards Parc André Citroën in the 15eme relatively early for a Sunday. I had no idea where we were going or what we would be doing (I love surprises!!). This park is beautiful and was extremely active for an early Sunday morning. People jogging, playing frisbee matches, exercizing, walking, pushing prams, you name it. I even saw a few amateurs filming something. Basically, it’s a happening park for such a quiet residential neighborhood! And apparently it was built on the site of what was once a Citroën manufacturing plant..how cool is that!
My mind was frantically throwing out wild guesses as we walked through the park. But once the balloon came into sight I knew that was it. This is not a hot-air balloon (that’s still on my bucket list!) nor does it move horizontally. It is tied to the ground and moves up and down on its axis. I thought it was a genius idea because this balloon apparently serves a dual purpose: primarily as a moving observation deck that reaches 150m for humble adventure seekers like us but also to measure the quality of the air! A fun and environmentally-beneficial activity, I love it!
It runs daily starting from 9am and they recommend going early because lines form pretty quickly. They even sell tickets online. You can find out more here. Sorry, it’s in French for non-French speakers. Then again, we didn’t book in advance but were there quite early so its not necessary.
It was really fun seeing this beautiful city from a birds-eye view on a particularly clear and blue morning and pointing out all the landmarks we knew. It was also quite chilly up there (in a good refreshing i-feel-alive kind of way). Nothing beats a slight breeze plus sunshine.
After this small adventure, we rented bikes and cycled our way to brunch all the way in the 9eme arrondissement. On the way there we saw this beautiful huge blue balloon from a distance. *sigh* Paris you are beautiful from every angle.