I’m back again today, to talk to you about the most romantic city in the world. As I have mentioned before, my Hubby and I spent our honeymoon traveling around Europe. I’ve already told you about our (very) quick jaunt through London and now I am going to tell you about the second stop on our trip: Paris!
We arrived in Paris by train. Specifically, the train that goes from London to Paris, under the English Channel. I love traveling by train even more than flying. You are able to relax and take in the passing scenery, you have more leg space, and depending on how long the trip is, you are served a delicious meal. Once we arrived at our hotel we were greeted by the friendly staff and helped to our room. There were macarons (my favorite!) and two complimentary glasses of champagne!
Exploring the city
Maybe it's a little cheesy, but obviously the first thing we wanted to visit was the Eiffel Tower. It was much taller than I could have ever imagined, and the view from the top was beautiful! We were lucky to be there on a clear and sunny day. I was not expecting to see so many peddlers surrounding the Eiffel Tower, but since it's a known tourist spot, I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised. A bit of advice if you do get the opportunity to visit: do not purchase from the peddlers and try not to get tricked into buying. I was innocently handed a rose by one of them and I naively accepted it. I did not realize it was a ploy to make my husband pay him. We were warned ahead of time to not bring out our wallets or purses to make purchases from the peddlers, because they may try to rob you. However, we did not let that take away one ounce of our enjoyment! Up to the top we went and it was like I was living out a scene from a romantic movie. I felt so blessed as a new wife to be able to kiss my husband at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
After the Eiffel Tower, we made our way to another famous stop in Paris: Notre-Dame. One of the most amazing things about our Europe trip, was being able to see these types of buildings. The United States is a baby compared to these countries, so we do not have architecture dating back as far. It was amazing to learn this history of this beautiful cathedral. Construction was started on it in 1163, but it was not completed until 1345. Everything about it was breathtaking! From the massive, stained glass windows, to the beautifully designed architecture. We took a ton of pictures, but nothing compares to taking it in with your own eyes.
Our hotel was close by the Arc de Triomphe, so that was a stop we had to make. The Arc de Triomphe is a monument to those that fought and in the French Revolutionary war. It sits alone, in the middle of an extremely busy roundabout, in western Paris. The best way to access it, without risking life and limb, is to take the underground passages. At the bottom of the Arc, there is a torch that is lit every evening at 6:30 PM. It's the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It's a beautiful tribute to a hero for France.
The elevator in the Arc de Triomphe is rarely in working order. The climb to the top is tiring, but worth the view at the end. It's 284 steps on a small, spiral staircase. I workout four times a week and am in good health, yet I still had to stop and take a breather a few times on the way up!
Food and Culture
I can without a doubt say that the thing I miss most about Paris, is the food! Everything is just so decadent. Of course, this is where I began my love affair with macaron cookies, but it's also where I found out what croissants are supposed to taste like; buttery and flakey on the outside, and warm and soft on the inside. Some of my most fond memories of this trip are just walking around the city, taking in the sights, shopping, and stopping in local restaurants.
Looking back at these photos, makes me miss it so much! I would have loved to have more time in Paris. We barely skimmed the surface of all there is to see and do, but I am thankful to have the memories that I do. We took advantage of every moment, getting very little sleep in the process. I wore my feet out during the day so I spent most nights, in the hotel, soaking them in the tub and enjoying a hot tea.
Have you ever been to Paris? If so, where are some of your favorite spots? If not, what are you waiting for?!
Until next time!