Lovely Paris! {France}

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Lovely Paris! {France}

We made it to France! The last country of our 2 weeks in Europe trip. We spent 4 days in France – 3 days in Paris, 1 day in Versailles. We were pretty exhausted by the time we got to Paris but we were excited to explore a new country.

Paris is known for fashion, art, culture, pastries and of course beautiful architecture. It reminded us of New York because of the diverse foods, shopping, train rides, and hustle and bustle city life.

Be sure to purchase a Paris 2-day pass for access to museums and public transportation. The best thing about the pass is you get to skip long lines. For our 2-day pass, we used it in the following places: Louvre, Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, and transportation to Versailles.

First and foremost, the Eiffel Tower is absolutely lovely! It’s the tallest man-made structure and one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It’s located in central Paris and it is located next to a park. Grab some Parisian food and wine and wait for dusk to settle for the light show, my favorite part! It’s spectacular! I couldn’t help but take multiple pictures of it. You can purchase tickets to climb or you can take the elevator to different levels (there are 3 levels) of the tower. We were exhausted so we didn’t climb. Plus, the lines were pretty long.

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For the fashionistas, visit Galleries Lafayette. One of many extravagant malls in Paris. Several stories high of every designer brand you can think of. It was overwhelming!

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You must try French macarons from a popular bakery, Laduree which is located at Galleries Lafayette. I must warn you, you can’t just have one. Melt-in-your-mouth-deliciousness!

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Visit world class art in one of the world’s largest museums, The Louvre. Glad we purchased the Paris 2-day pass because we got to skip long lines. You definitely cannot leave Paris without visiting this place. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, snacks, and patience – it’s massive and crowded! We visited the museum at the start of our morning.

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Venus de Milo

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The Famous Mona Lisa Painting!

Notre Dame Cathedral is another must-see. It’s a historic Catholic cathedral and it’s beautiful inside and out. It’s perfectly located next to River Siene. Lines can get pretty long so come early in the morning or late afternoon.

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Climb 200+ stairs to the top of the Notre Dame for magnificent views of the city.

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North of the Notre Dame is the “Love Lock” bridge. People put locks on the bridge and write down names of their loved ones. According to the news, city officials have plans to remove this bridge due to excessive weight, but as of the publish date of this post the bridge is apparently still intact so go visit it while you can (but please check if it still exists before planning your day)!

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Sainte-Chapelle is a royal medieval Gothic chapel. Inside is filled with breathtaking stained glass windows. Colors are vibrant especially when the sun shines through the window.

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Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It’s located on a busy traffic street so be careful and follow signs when crossing. You must see it at night beautifully lit. You can climb to the top for nice views of the city, but we couldn’t climb it because it was closed on the day we scheduled to do it… The top is apparently supposed to be open every day so hopefully you don’t get bad luck like we did.

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If you need a place to relax, read a book, sip on cappuccino, and/or people-watch, visit Luxembourg Gardens.  A nice place to walk around especially on a nice day. Chairs are spread out so you can chill anywhere in the park.

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Visit Pont Alexandre III bridge for lovely views of the river front, Eiffel Tower, and other historic french monuments. This bridge was featured in the movie, Midnight in Paris. Another romantic spot!

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Saint-Michel Fountain, another important landmark recommended by Rick Steve’s book. It’s located in Latin Quarter so afterwards go there for delicious & reasonably priced food and crepes. You gotta’ have crepes while in Paris!

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Stroll the streets by the Modern Art Museum. Unfortunately, we didn’t visit the museum (I was “museumed-out”) so instead we walked around the area. A great place to hang out and watch various street performers and artists.

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P.S. I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment if you want to share your experience in Paris, want to share tips to other travelers, or simply just want to say hello :). 

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