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So! There’s nothing better than a holiday. I’ve travelled around the world but have never really travelled closer to home until Paris. Living with epilepsy means a little extra planning, being cautious and looking after yourself while on your holiday (gotta stay happy and healthy right)!
There’s a few things I’ve learnt from my trip to Paris, some affected my epilepsy and others not so much. Here’s what I found during my visit:
- There’s tourists everywhere – and when there’s tourists there’s flash photography! The amount of times I was closing my eyes and sitting down to recover was a nightmare! Picture a 23 year old with photosensitive epilepsy trying to walk up hundreds of spiral stairs whilst there’s continuous flash cameras in your face… it wasn’t great. It was worth the battle because the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe was beautiful
- Tourists will stop and stand wherever/whenever they please. I thought my hometown was bad for this but it’s nothing compared to Paris!
- Selfie galore! Now I won’t lie, I love a good selfie and I took so many pictures during my visit but Paris was on another level. I have never seen so many selfie sticks in my life!
- A million and one pharmacy’s are available so if you need some paracetamol look no further that the neon cross sign on your left, right, up and down (’cause they’ll be there)
- Disneyland Paris is where dreams really do come true. I cried, screamed, leapt around and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. I had the time of my life!
- On a downside of Disneyland however, I was gutted I couldn’t handle the 45 minute wait to meet the princesses. The continuous multiple flash photography in a dark queue began to make me very fragile and sick so I had to leave. Has anyone else with epilepsy had this issue with flashes and strobes at Disneyland? Let me know!
- So much delicious fresh bread! I’m not usually a fan of bread and can happily go weeks without eating the stuff but holy moly, their bread is amazing!
- Paris has an incredible transportation system. My hometown needs some serious re-evaluation
- Show your passport and you’ll probably get a discounted or free entry to an attraction in Paris. It’s worth looking up beforehand – I saved so much money
- If you’re Paris and looking for some breakfast, head over to Twinkie Breakfasts. It’s without a doubt the best breakfast I’ve had. The best way to start the day!