This weekend in Paris was a dream!! 300 photos in three days, Nutella crepes, and snails. I am ready to go back!
Our weekend began early Friday morning – we boarded the bus at 7am to head to Kings Cross Station for our 9am train from London to France. Throughout my month in Europe, I have taken numerous trains through the United Kingdom. BUT taking the Eurostar through the Chunnel to France made me feel like I was on a spaceship. I was pretty giddy that we were driving under the English Channel at 348 km/hour. We arrived in France and immediately made our way to (you guessed it) the Eiffel Tower. Luckily, our hotel was a five minute walk away. We rented bikes and took the scenic route through Paris. I may have almost hit more than one French native and gotten some interesting stares, but we had the best time. We stopped for croques and quiche for dinner before ending the day. We were on cloud nine – Paris!!!!
On Saturday, I got to spend the entire day exploring Paris with my sweet family. We started our day at the Musée du Louvre. We saw world famous pieces of art – the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and so many more. It was an amazing moment to stand in the presence of such history! After touring the Louvre, we stopped for lunch at a nearby cafe…where I tried escargot (spoiler: it’s delicious!!!). We spent the afternoon strolling down the River Seine. We saw numerous artists painting and drawing right on the river. We stopped at the famous Love-Lock Bridge, where my dad bought my mom a lock for the bridge and wrote their names on it (#goals). We made our way to the massive Notre-Dame Cathedral. We ate dinner that evening at Ladurée and shopped along Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which has a beautiful view of the Arc de Triomphe. A perfect day with the people I love!
On our last morning in France, we took an early morning walking tour of the city. After spending two days in the most crowded tourist spots in Paris, I was thankful our tour guide took us through the small empty streets of Paris. This allowed me to truly appreciate the beauty of where I was. We walked through the Luxembourg Gardens and stopped for lunch by Notre-Dame. We took a river cruise down the River Seine. This was my favorite part of the entire weekend. Not only did I get to see so much of Paris this way, but from a peaceful, quiet perspective. We ended our weekend by sitting in the lawn behind the Eiffel Tower reflecting on our weekend of a lifetime!
Paris, I’ll see you again soon!!