Bonjour! Ahhh the city of lights. Before visiting Paris I imagined people walking around in fancy clothes eating in fine-dining restaurants. Paris to me was (and still kinda is) a fashion week all year round. When my mom went last year, she told me that everyone was so dressed. But when we went, people were just in t-shirts an shorts! I completely forgot that Paris is the most visited city in the world. Tourists take over the city in the summer time. My mom told me to look forward to all the famous buildings and museums, and there are soooo many!
Straight from our hotel, we walked along the avenue de champs-élysées. A street where you can find all sorts of shops and restaurants. Some stores we came across were H&M, Promod, the Disney store and Nike! Shopping anyone?
At the end of champs-élysées is the Arc De Triomphe. I’ll be honest, history is not my best subject but I know that many famous leaders marched under it. By the way, I learned this from the big bus tour, all thanks to the Paris Pass!
Day 2 in Paris was dedicated to the Eiffel Tower. There are three levels and I wish I had brought a jacket once we reached the top of the tower. That day, it was really chilly. It seemed pretty scary going up on the double decker elevator, but it was worth it! The Eiffel Tower is the most famous monument in the world! Having been inside it was such a privilege. But theres a downside, you’d have to wait for hours on end if you bought tickets from the tower. The lines were incredibly long. So I suggest getting a ticket from easy pass tours to skip the line! We also came to see the Eiffel Tower at night but this time, on the river cruise. Im not lying when I say the whole boat gasped in amazement once we saw the flickering lights going up and down the tower, truly beautiful. The Palace of Versailles up next. I was pretty excited to see what the palace contained after seeing the Windsor castle in London. A little history- Marie Antoinette and King Louie XVI of France were beheaded because they were too Lavish while everyone else starved. You’ll indeed see that there are so many gold decorations inside as well as paintings. Sadly, we had to wait about two hours in line just to get inside, and the sun decided to shine that day too. Our Paris Pass only allowed us to skip the ticket line, so again get an easy pass ticket!
The same day we went to La Vallée Village, a perfect place for high end shopping at outlet stores. We spent some of our time there and the rest in the mall right beside it. Oh! And I just want to say that I learned you pronounce Givenchy as zhee-von-shee haha 🙂
Last but not least! The Louvre- home to the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. We actually only had time to visit one section of the museum since it was enormous! Luckily, we were able to see Mona after pushing through crowds of people who wanted to take a look at the painting.
They had nintendo DS’s for audio guides that also acted as GPS’s! 🙂
It seems like a little but trust me, we were walking with empty stomachs and coming home dead tired. I know that Paris is for the older generations, and I see why it is. Nonetheless I enjoyed touring around the city appreciating all the sights and sounds. I wonder what my perspective on Paris will be if I come back in 20 years. Young or old, visiting Paris is a must. Before you die, you have to step foot in this extraordinary city. Notre Dame Cathedral