It wasn’t a very long bike ride from Fleurines to Paris. We cycled into Paris passing the Moulin Rouge on our way to see the Arc de Triomphe which was awesome, making our way down the Champs Elysees… which was a busy street and we were getting down with everyone we meet…Then we finally made it to the big A in the sky, the Eiffel tower. It is such a beautiful structure.
The best things about travelling are experiencing different cultures, seeing different types of landscapes and meeting new people. We experienced different cultures in places like Nepal and Cambodia, we’ve seen crazy landscapes in Vietnam and we’ve met some awesome like–minded people along the way that we now call friends. Fortunately for us, we formed a friendship with a guy called Ziade. We met Z on an overnight train in India from Varanasi to Agra. He was with another friend, Jen. We spoke on the train and ended up going to the same hotel with them and spent the next day hanging out, soon becoming friends, even Facebook friends, so you know it’s a legit friendship haha. If you’ve read our blog post on the Taj Mahal, you might remember they made an appearance.
Z lives in Paris with his family. He contacted us on Facebook and offered for us to stay a couple of nights at their apartment which we happily accepted. When we arrived we were greeted by his mum, brother, and two nephews who were such cool kids. Z is a unique kind of guy – he’s pretty much a full time world traveller, unless he’s run out of money, he’ll come back home, work for a little bit, then go back out into the world. He’s big into his basketball. He plays, coaches, referees and he’s a big time Lebron James follower. When we met Z in India, we figured out pretty quickly that he’s a travel guru. He knows the ins and outs of travelling and it’s fun to watch him work his magic. We’ve learnt a few good tips off him that can hopefully extend our travels even further.
Z was so kind to take us out to see the iconic landmarks of Paris and took us to some of his favourite spots. We watched a hip hop show, hung out with his friends in the city, went to a wicked lookout over Paris and shot some hoops with him at his local spot. I could tell he knew how to ball because he never missed a shot! He even cleaned up mine and Eb’s shooting technique. I personally didn’t think I needed touching up but he saw my bad habits and corrected it haha. His background is Algerian and some nights we’d come home to his mums home cooked Algerian cous cous which was the bomb!
If you’ve read our last few post in France you’d know that we’ve been very fortunate with the hospitality that has been shown towards us by the people we’ve met along the way and Z is another person to add to that list. It’s been nice here in Paris, but we can’t wait to get back on our bikes and see more of France!