Monday, September 21, 2015

Paris is Always a Good Idea

The second leg of our trip was none other than beautiful, fun, historic, busy, expensive, MAGICAL Paris. Paris… I still can’t believe I’ve been to PARIS…

(NOTE: All pictures of Day 4 & the Eiffel Tower will have different posts!)

Day 1
We left Venice (by boat) at 3:00 am local time, arrived at the airport and boarded our quick flight to Paris, landing shortly after 9:00 in the morning. By the time we saw the famous (not to mention beautiful and massive) Arc de Triomphe it was a little before 10:00 am and we were only seconds away from our hotel. Once settled in, I changed into a Parisian outfit and it was off we went. Within the first 2 hours we had already visited the Arc de Triomphe, had brunch at a little café along the Champs Elysees, and ventured over to the Eiffel Tower where we toasted a small bottle Champagne directly under the tower (check off the bucket list!). After leaving the Tower we had a snack and a couple cocktails at another café... it’s all about the café’s. The rest of the day was all about exploring… by foot (I believe we walked nearly 28,000 steps that first day in Paris). We got lost a couple of times, but eventually always found our way home. It was a beautiful first day in the City of Lights.

Day 2
Our second day we woke up rested and refreshed. After breakfast we decided today was the day we wanted to do some major shopping. And by major, I mean Michael Kors! On our walk there we accidentally stumbled upon the palace. Yes, you heard me, the PALACE. Home to the President of France. We had no idea what it looked like so were unaware why all of the streets were blocked by many men with military guns and the press was camped outside this beautiful home. It wasn’t until we asked one reporter, who told us they were waiting for the President to make an appearance. WOW. We waited a few minutes and realized it could be hours until he shows his face. So off we went... 

Once we whipped out our credit cards at Michael Kors (:)) it was lunch time. We grabbed a quick sandwich and glass of wine before buying tickets for our Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour. This, I must say, is a GREAT way to see any city you visit. I highly recommend (if it’s offered…). The rest of the day was spent happily riding around Paris, hopping off to see sites (like The Louvre), then hopping back on to head to the next landmark (like Notre Dame)! We rode around until it was time for another meal, a meal that we decided to eat in front of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower light show is without a doubt the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Sorry if that’s cliché but I like what I like! After the light show (and a couple bottles of bubbly) we WENT TO THE TOP OF THE TOWER! Details on this to come…

Day 3
Since Mom and I were up late the night before (closing down the Eiffel Tower) we slept in the next morning, not heading down to breakfast until just before 10:00 am (which is when they closed... the staff was not too pleased). There, in the hotel lobby, with Nutella toast and coffee in hand, we mapped out our third day in Paris! This day was spent similar to the day before. Since the next day (our last day) will be spend outside of Paris, we had to squeeze in every remaining site we wanted to see on this day. We rode the bus around each of the routes, visiting the Place de la Concorde, Hotel des Invalides, Opera de Paris Garnier, Moulin Rouge, Place de la Bastille, Pont Nuef, Ponde Alexandre, and so much more! We ended the day with our own picnic of bread and cheese in our hotel room, resting up for our upcoming adventure the next morning. It was all perfect.  

Day 4
Our last day in Paris was spent in Versailles and again at the Eiffel tower (stay tuned for posts on these two sights J). 

{view from our hotel room at the Mercure}

{the President is in there somewhere...}

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