Paris, France: I Have the PLAGUE


…it started as a sniffle.

…then it moved onto a small fever.

…then it became bronchitis.

…then I continued to finish up our 50+km ride through Costa Brava even though I should have called it quits.


By the time we arrived to our cute apartment in Paris, my body was screaming for me to stop the pace we were going at and take a moment. And by screaming, I was confined to the bed for 48 hours. There were so many things to do in Paris and I was stuck at home.


Have you ever coughed so hard you vomited? Yeah. We were at that point. I couldn’t eat, I slept all day, and I watched more Fashion TV than you could possibly imagine.

With a gazillion medicines coursing through my body from Shaun’s language barrier experience at our local pharmacy, all I could do was wait to feel better.

Do you know how horrible it feels to be in one of your dream locations and you can only manage to look out the window of your apartment? Time was ticking. We had 3 days scheduled in Paris and I had slept away two.


And then I took action.

Kids, don’t try this at home.

Armed with cough meds, throat lozenges, and sheer will a peeled myself off of the pull out bed and into the sunlight of Paris.

Was I feeling great? Oh hell no. I had a pounding migraine that made me stop and wince in pain more than my fair share of times.

Did I regret it? No.

We meandered through Montmartre.


While I wanted to go on the Amelie tour, we didn’t have time (nor the energy) to get to do it.


Montmartre is full of life. With accordion music floating in the air, the whole place was just magical. Sure I could hear more English than French due to the sheer number of tourists, but it doesn’t negate the fact that people love this location for a reason.


We made our rounds to the Lourve in which we did a quick whirlwind tour.



The Mona Lisa is ridiculously small and sadly… don’t kill me… overrated.


We fell in love with the Egyptian wing.


Shaun was living his Dan Brown obsession.


We ended on the Eiffel Tower.


And yes, it was still impressive.


The set up of the mall gave it more grandeur.


The details of the structure were just as amazing as I thought it would be.


And even though I was in pain, I soaked it all in.

If I loved it this much when I felt like death was knocking on my door, I can only imagine what it would be like it I was of sound mind and body!

All I know is that Paris is already calling us back to grace her streets. How can you ignore that call?

Have you been to Paris? What did you think?


16 Responses to “Paris, France: I Have the PLAGUE”

  1. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista November 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear your trip was interrupted by illness! It must really suck but I’m glad you were able to wander a bit. Love Montemartre and chuckled at your Dan Brown reference. Agree the Mona Lisa is overrated but in a weird way it is a must see! I’m hoping you get back to Paris soon and are well for this trip.

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Dan Brown keeps making an appearance on our European travels! It is crazy!

      I am glad I saw it but good lord there was a mob surrounding her.

  2. Steve Whitty November 13, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    At last! I am not the only one who thought the Mona Lisa was overrated. I hope that you get better soon. You should go to Paris again if only to visit the Musee Rodin.

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      AHA! I’m so glad to have people behind me. I am no alone in the MLiOR group! 😛

  3. Tom November 13, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Paris is always worth it, sick or not 😀

    The girl and I love Paris, great place for food, photos, cafe life and all that good stuff. Before we went we heard a lot of people found the Parisians rude, our experiences have always been just the opposite!

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      I know. I want to go back so badly… I LOVED IT. The people there were super nice to us!

  4. Jarmo November 13, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Always so annoying when you get sick when you get somewhere that you really want to see. But at least you got out there and enjoyed it! That’s the right spirit 🙂

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      “Enjoyed” it lol. My migraine made me want to rip people’s faces off. But yes – it was worth it!

  5. Amanda November 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Ugh, being sick when there’s so much you want to do sucks! Glad to hear you got out into Paris for at least one day, though! It looks like the weather at least cooperated for you. 🙂

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      It went between raining and cloudy-ish with the occasional clear. I can’t complain. Paris has its own personality when it rains!

  6. Tawny at Captain and Clark November 14, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Aww, I’m so sorry you were so sick for Paris. If it’s any consolation, I’ve NEVER been to Paris and even majored in French. At least you were able to go…

    Okay, that was a weak attempt to make you feel better. Let’s try this again.

    You’re pictures were absolutely stunning and if I didn’t know you were sick, I would’ve thought you had an amazing time exploring the beautiful city. I’m extremely jealous.

    P.S. the meal of baguette, cheese, and wine had me drooling.

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      HA! To be honest, I have a film degree and I’ve never been to Hollywood. *cough*

      P.S. I could eat that every day.

  7. Tamara November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Totally stinks to be sick while traveling. I was knocked out in a small town in Cambodia last year, flat on my back in a Vietnamese clinic with the only help being a saline iv and vitamins. No fun at all. Hope you feel better. Way to rally and make the best of it!

    • Erica November 22, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      OH WOW. Saline and vitamins?! What on earth was going on?!

  8. Brian March 2, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    That sucks, all that way to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and you are struck down by the lurgy. I feel for you, it is bad enough when you get ill at home never mind on holiday. You definitely need to get back to France and Paris especially, there is so much more to see and you really should try and get to the Palace de Versailles, it is truly amazing and not too far from Paris.


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    […] Erica was not expecting her trip to Paris to feature bronchitis, but sometimes that’s just what travel entails. Thankfully, she was with her husband and they profited from an apartment that allowed for a good recuperation space. When it was all said and done, she still got out to explore a bit of Paris and she was still able to appreciate the city. Check it out here. […]

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