Last weekend, we spent our first night away from our new home in the beautiful city of Paris! A dear friend of ours from Ohio and her mom planned a trip around Europe, starting in Paris, and it was timed perfectly for us to be able to meet up with them!
It was wonderful to get to spend some time with two amazing ladies, and like our trip to Amsterdam, it was just so comforting to see some friendly faces, and a beautiful city on top of that!
For this trip, we drove to Paris. It was about a 4 hour drive to get to the outskirts of the city (with lots of tolls…). The drive was very pretty, but once we got close, we ran into some stressful traffic and it took us about an extra hour on to of the 4, to get to our hotel. But once we got there, we were right across the street from a metro station, and we used that for the rest of the trip, which made getting around so easy!
We were just there 2 days, so we packed in as much as we could, but still didn’t get to a few things that we wanted to do and see because of time constraints. But since we are so close, we plan to take another trip to Paris during our time living in Europe. I’m glad that we experienced what we did this time, as we have learned what we would want to do for next time – for example, like planning ahead and taking the train instead of driving!
On Friday when we finally got into the center of Paris, we just walked around to see some of the major sites before meeting our friends at the Louvre, which is even larger than I could have ever imagined! After spending some time in the Louvre, we ate some crepes by the Seine River, the took a stroll over to the Notre Dame which concluded our evening. The next day, we had a delicious petit dejeuner (breakfast) at a little cafe then took a River Cruise down the Seine, which made for a great overview of the major sights of Paris. After the cruise, we walked down to the Champs Elysees to see the Arc de Triomphe. Once we had walked around there for a while we had a dessert lunch/dinner at Angelina, and with our bellies full of decedent chocolate, we finished our day sitting in the sun along the Seine River, planning out our next trip to Paris! We definitely didn’t do everything that we wanted to, but we were hot and exhausted after walking around all day, and knew that we wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate another museum or landmark, so we just took it easy and enjoyed the views. It was a lovely trip to Paris.
There it is y’all. The Eiffel Tower!
The finals at the French Open took place over the weekend, and we happened upon a watch party on the lawn in front the Eiffel Tower.
The Musée du Louvre
Pont Alexander III, the most decorative bridge in Paris.
The Musée D’Orsay. We unfortunately didn’t have time to visit this museum, but heard amazing things from our friends and are anxious to go through it during our next trip.
Grand et Petit Palais, with a little bit of the Lock Bridge.
Croisière Découverte (Sightseeing Cruise)
Arc de Triomphe