I went to Paris last year but this is one city where you need more than a few days to see everything. Also last year we were always in a hurry to get to the next spot while it was raining. This trip had a few sights on the to-do list but the goal was to do everything at a slower and more Parisian pace. We had sunny skies and 50-60 degree temps so we took advantage of the perfect tourist weather to enjoy each moment of the louvre’ly city.
We had an early Friday flight to take advantage of a full day. We arrived and by the time we got to the hotel and regrouped, it was lunch time. We found a charming cafe with window seats on the Seine. The food, views, and weather were in-Seine (pronounced insane). We walked to Musee d’Orsay because it was number 1 on our to-do list. We plugged our headphones in and listened to Rick Steves audio guide. To be honest, I got the insane-inSeine pun from him. Thanks Rick! I’ll probably be doing a future post of classic portraits in the near future.
After feeling a little sleepy and having sore feet, we recharged with some coffee and crepes. Then we kept walking past the Louvre and towards the Arc de Triumph. We took advantage of the wonderful walking all weekend and didn’t even step on the metro once. We used the excuse of walking over 20 miles during the weekend to treat ourself to as many crepes as we wanted. My favorite is butter and sugar. After classic tourist photos at sunset, we walked in the direction of the Eiffel tour to see it all lit up. I think it could be considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is just a magical sight to see it sparkle in the navy blue skies, it gives me goosebumps each time. After about 100 different pictures of the Eiffel Tower, we walked back to our hotel and found a little cafe to eat dinner.
Day 2 had two different purposes: shopping and cathedrals. I hadn’t seen Notre Dame yet or Sainte Chapelle and it was on the list. I also had some money that was burning a hole in my pocket and what better place to shop than Paris?! After what could be the world’s best croissant for breakfast, we passed a few shops on our way to the cathedrals. We stopped in and didn’t leave empty handed. As my mother jokes, I could find sales in any country. She’s correct! Before we knew it, it was already 1:00pm and we haven’t eaten lunch or seen either of the cathedrals. Oops! We ate lunch outside with coats off and sunglasses on. We both decided we are tired of winter weather and can’t wait for European spring/summer.
After a quick pit stop at the hotel to drop off the goods and put on some new purchases, we were finally on our way to see the cathedrals. We first went to Sainte Chapelle which is a chapel completely covered in stained glass. With the afternoon sun coming in through the windows, it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Then we headed over to see Quasimodo at Notre Dame. Spoiler alert: the gargoyles don’t actually talk or move. Inside the cathedral, they had a lot of pictures or designs of construction and how long it all took. I couldn’t even imagine being the architect to a project where I would never see the final product.
After another crepe pit stop (running count: 3), it was nearing sunset so we walked towards the Eiffel Tower to see it light up again. If I was in Paris for an extended period of time, I would go see the Eiffel Tower every night. It’s probably one of my top 5 favorite sights. We found a nearby cafe for dinner, split a bottle of wine and toasted to a successful Parisian weekend.
I really believe Paris is a city you could come back to again and again and still find new something to see. Eiffel (pronounce: I fell) in louvre (pronounce: love) with Paris and I know you will too.