Bonjour, Paris - March 2017
Our 3.5 days in Paris were CRAZY. I am almost positive we walked from 8 am to 9-10 pm each full day. We didn't even rest when we arrived the first day, just dropped off our luggage at the hostel in Montmarte and started walking. We ate at least one amazing meal each day too! It was divine :)
- Walked up to the Sacre Couer, ate crepes for lunch in a nearby artists' market, and wandered for a good few hours
- Visited the Catacombs of Paris - impressively massive and creepy.
- Got my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower at night and beheld its famous twinkling lights that occurs on the hour every hour after sunset for 5 minutes.
- Saw the Arc de Triomphe at night and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier's eternal flame. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified.
- Palais de Justice's gilded gold gates - I still have heart eyes for it.
- Sainte-Chapelle - the most beautiful stained glass chapel I've ever set foot in.
- Wandered around the 1st arrondissement, more specifically the Place de la Concorde where you see the mer-man in the fountain (Fontaine des Fleuves) and the great ferris wheel (Concord Carusel)
- Climbed up Notre Dame for breathtaking city skylines and gargoyles. We also got back down right before mass so no lines to go inside for us!
- Lunch at Le Souffle - I've decided I'm not quite a savory baked goods person but the souffles they make here are definitely on point overall. I honestly would not be returning though, unless it's for dessert only hehe
- Climbed up the Arc De Triompe - y'all, Parisian traffic around the Arc's circle is NO joke. Nor is it orderly...
- We could see the basilica from our hostel...definitely spectacular during the day and night alike.
- Climbed the Sacre Couer Basilica (notice a pattern?)
- Tour Eiffel! We had tickets to go all the way up to the top of the Eiffel Tower - really cool experience because we got to see the fog roll in, then the rain, then a rainbow, and finally it all cleared and we saw a beautiful sunset.
- Dinner at Les Cocottes - owned by a Michelin star chef
Ah, our last full day - a musuem day! Since we went during the first weekend of the month, we got into museums for FREE :)
- Musee d'Orsay - Edgar Degas' dancer sculpture, so many of Monet's paintings, and a beautiful clock
- Lunch at Ippudo!
- Wandered around the upper area of the 6th arrondissement - so many cute shops in little alleys!
- The Louvre, its Palace and Pyramid - so many tourists vying for the Mona Lisa's attention...