This guy met me as I landed in London and was like, “We’re not going to Camden Market because were going to Paris instead.” This is our story of how we saw ALL the things in Paris, in two days. Side note: He told me not to “over-pack”, and I guess I don’t know what that means, because I still brought way too much. Let me just tell you, those were heavy bags and everyone stared. Helpful hint: If your boyfriend tells you not to pack too much, pack too much anyway because even though you will be embarrassed and tired carrying around 2 giant backpacks, you will look so cute when you are standing underneath the Eiffel Tower.
We took the Eurostar to Gare du Nord and then walked to our luxurious hotel room upon arrival, Liberty Hotel Paris. When I say luxurious, I mean the cheapest room available in France. But it had a view of the Parisian roofs which I had always imagined in my fancy french dreams and it was all we needed.
One of our first stops the morning of September 24, 2013, in all of my jet-lag glory was Notre Dame. We like to wear adventure (steampunk) goggles when we go new places. It makes me feel like I’m a time traveller.
And then onto relax in the Jardin du Luxembourg. We picked up some Orangina on the way. There were lots of chairs everywhere with flowers, trees and fountains, a nice little getaway within the city. Ladies sat chatting away and it looked like fun so we took a seat as well. A good spot to re-energize because we still had a lot of walking to get done if we wanted to see it all.
Paris is a very walk able city, everything is close knit inside of a circle and if you are ever lost you can head for the river, La Seine. It was nice walking through tiny streets admiring architecture and color.
Up to this point we hadn’t been to the Eiffel Tower, but we kept getting little glimpses throughout the city and it felt as romantic as it seems in the movies.
After strolling along the streets, we picked up a baguette and some brie and made our way, very aware of how touristy and cliche we were being.
After spending some of our afternoon at the Tour Eiffel, we headed to L’arc de Triomphe. The traffic there was unbelievable and I was glad I wasn’t driving, I think I would’ve been stuck in a never ending circle. We then walked down the Champs Elysees, but it really was not our style. Paris in general was different than our typical outdoor adventures, but this street was full of all things rich and materialistic so we headed onward.
The outside of the Louvre was probably one of my favorite places that day. It was evening so the colors became vibrant. It had such interesting architecture we spent our evening outside just admiring it all and taking in all the beauty. We didn’t even go into the museum.
After it started getting dark we were tired and hungry, but decided it best not to go back to our hotel because we would probably fall asleep and miss out on the nightlife, so we started walking again and found some dinner and drinks to revive us. Someone told us about a building called Montparnasse. You can get a ride up to the top and view all of Paris. It was so nice at night, uncrowded and the air was calm and cool. We held hands and looked over “La Ville-Lumière”, then laid on the roof staring up into the night, all very romantic and perfect.
We made the mistake of bringing a bag with us this day and could not get into any museums so we climbed up to Montmartre and the Sacré-Cœur and enjoyed street art, views of the city and more architecture.
We didn’t actually see ALL of Paris, but got a good taste and I got to practice some of my French from school.
–A thank you to Tom for being so thoughtful and taking me on this romantic trip I had (always/never) dreamed of. x