After a quick flight we arrived at Charles De Gaulle in Paris. We stayed in an Airbnb for a couple of days and met up with another friend who would be joining us for the remainder of the trip. We were lucky enough to have a connection that let us use their apartment just outside the city, so we were able to keep our living costs pretty low in an otherwise expensive city.
Protip: If you're trying to travel on a budget I'd highly recommend staying at a place with a kitchen. We likely saved hundreds of euros by cooking for ourselves, plus you get a much better insight into what it's actually like to live in a city by going to grocery stores. Drinking at home is also way cheaper (wine in Spain cost us 0.50€/liter for the cheap stuff). We used Airbnb to rent out apartments in cities where we didn't know people, which also ended up being significantly cheaper than if we had gone with hotels (or even many hostels, aside from the jank ones).
Paris has some awesome metro station entrances. This one by our Airbnb was an easy favorite:
We also came across... something? We were walking down a street when we came across this group in crab looking costumes dancing to this super bizarre music with a giant inflatable globe thing behind them. There was also a kid dressed up who was giving out cups full of this orange goop substance... We stood there for a few minutes just trying to figure out what was going on (I was laughing hysterically while others were genuinely afraid).
Finally, one of my friends decided he was going to get involved and went into the giant inflatable globe. He came out a few minutes later and told us there was couple bunch of people (also dressed up) standing there, completely ignoring the fact that he had just walked in. Even weirder, there was another dude that was running around the globe with tape, just ripping some off and putting it onto the walls as if there were puncture holes letting out air (there weren't).
Describing it isn't enough; luckily I have a video so you can at least get some sort of idea as to what this was like:
Please, if you have even the slightest clue as to what that was, contact me. We have so many questions... All informants will be kept strictly anonymous.
Anyways... We also decided to check out the Parisian graveyard scene. We were surprised to find that the graves were above ground, rather than being buried and having a simple tombstone like we do in the states. Interestingly enough we also saw this in St. Lucia, a Caribbean island with many French ties.