Paris Is Always A Good Idea

Time for Paris! We took the Eurostar to Paris, which was a little more than a 2 hour train ride. The ride was pretty smooth and flew by rather quickly. While planning for Paris, I was a bit intimidated with how we were going to navigate around, but surprisingly the metra was super easy to figure out. I didn’t have as many “want to see” places to visit in Paris as I did for London and so we did a lot of random walking around the city. My husband and I got lost quite a few times even with a map, but it was nice knowing that all we needed to do was find a metra station and we would be able to find our way back.

Paris is a huge city! There were tons of tourists around and I felt like I was constantly squeezing through people especially at the Palace of Versailles and around the famous pieces inside the Louvre. It was even tight inside the trains, which was something we didn’t really have to deal with much in London. I ended up catching a head cold our last day in Paris. I’m guessing it’s from being so close to so many people as we were squeezing through places. This made the flight home uncomfortable, but it felt so good to finally make it home safely and with amazing memories to cherish!

“Find a beautiful place and get lost.” – Unknown

Day 1

Eiffel Tower – We pre-purchased Skip The Line tickets through Viator. Purchasing these tickets was so worth it. We were at the top of the tower in less than 30 minutes. The view from up there is absolutely amazing!!! The elevator ride to the top was slightly freaky as it moved super slow and you just hear it creaking.

Trocadero – We walked here to view the Eiffel Tower from a different perspective.

Arc de Triomphe – The famous arch!

Champs-Elysees – We bought more macarons from Laduree here and also had a nice Italian dinner outside!

Grand Palais – We walked by here. We had no idea what it was, but looked it up later that night.

Petit Palais – This was across the street from the Grand Palais.

Invalides Cathedral – We decided to walk towards this on our way to see the Paris Opera House.

Place De La Concorde – This was another stop during our walk.

Paris Opera House – This was our last sightseeing stop for the night. We wanted to see the building. I couldn’t believe how much we walked that day when we finally got back to our hotel.

Day 2

Ile De La Cite Tour and Norte Dame Cathedral  We pre-purchased this tour through Viator. Again, I’m so glad we bought this ahead of time because the line to the bell tower was super long. I really enjoyed the Gothic architecture. We climbed about 200 steps to get to the top of the tower. Totally worth it! Spectacular view! Also, walking around this part of the city and learning about the different buildings was super neat. We also got to see the narrowest street in Paris!


 

Lock Bridge – Of course we had to make a stop here since it was right behind the Norte Dame. We didn’t put a lock on it though. We also learned that the bridge is for when you have a secret lover and that there is another bridge for couples who have been together for a long time.

St. Chapelle – This place was absolutely breathtaking inside and well worth the wait. They actually closed (probably for a lunch break) when we got there and had a sign stating they were going to re-open at 1:00 PM and so we decided to eat lunch at a cafe right across the street from it and queued up afterwards.

Luxembourg Gardens – I could sit and relax here all day. Beautiful place!

Louvre – We pre-purchased this tour through Viator. This place was absolutely huge and I’m kind of glad we had a tour guide. Great museum!

Day 3

Palace of Versailles – We took a train (RER C) to get here and spent almost half a day exploring the entire place. The Palace itself is pretty big, but the grounds outside is just huge! I absolutely adored all of the rooms. They were so beautiful and the Hall of Mirrors was amazing!

Marie Antoinette’s Estate – It was really neat to step into Marie Antoinette’s place. So much history!

Petit and Grand Trianon – These were quick little stops and were interesting to see.

Sacre-Coeur – After coming back from Versaille, we headed here. It felt like a struggle to find this place. It did offer cool views of the city.

Moulin Rouge – We wanted to see the outside of Moulin Rouge and so we made sure to make this a sightseeing stop to check out.

Day 4

We rode a shuttle from our hotel to the airport and flew back home!

-Gretch