Believe it or not Paris was not a place I initially wanted to go to. Since I was little I had always heard people mention Paris, and when I studied abroad everyone wanted to visit Paris, and because so many people wanted to go I didn’t. I thought that it was being talked up too much and that was the reason I didn’t have much desire to go. After all of my friends had visited Paris and had seen it first hand it was clear that this was a city I NEEDED to see.
After I realized I had been wrong to push Paris to the side, I planned another trip with y friend Meghan and Paris was one of our stops. Before I get into more details about my trip to Paris I would like to say that it lived up very much to all of the exceptions that I had and it is a city that everyone must see. This is a city that will blow you away.
Where we stayed
We stayed at a beautiful Air B and B on Rue Saint- Augustin. It was a small little place but it was enough for us. It had a beautiful big window that looked out into the city streets below. We picked this Air B and B because of its location, it was very central to the places we wanted to visit and the price was very reasonable. It also had great reviews and when I decide to stay in an Air B and B I always look at the reviews. Make sure if you ever book with Air B and B you check the reviews, they let you know how the host is, what is near by, and some information that you might not have known otherwise. Sometimes reading the reviews have led me to visit certain places or eat at a certain restaurant.
Where we visited
There were only a few places we had in mind to visit while we were in Paris and that was the Eiffel Tower (of course), the Louvre, and Notre Dame. The best decision we made was to purchase a ticket for the Big Bus Tour. If you have visited other major cities I am sure you have seen them around. They are these big tour buses that take you along a designated route and stopping at certain stops. I did not realize till we got to Paris how large and spread out everything seems to be. Our Air B and B was close to the Louvre, but was very far away from the Eiffel Tower.
The Big Bus Tour
I really want to take a minute to describe what exactly this bus tour is and why we loved it. This bug had a route that went and drove around every significant place in Paris. It also made periodic stops near most of these sites so you can get off and go explore it more. There were many busses in rotation so you could get off at a stop and look around at what you want to see and go back to the bus stop and wait for the next bus to pick you up. You could also walk around if you wanted and find another place where the bus stops and get back on there. The best part about the bus that we did not know when we booked it is that there is a pre programed tour that you can listen to while you are driving around. They hand you headphones and they connect into the seat and you can listen as it takes you around the city. It not only tells you about each major place but gives you history about Paris and talks about and points out other buildings and places of significance that you otherwise would not have known about. If you are in a big city like Paris, or are not familiar with all that the city has to offer, I hight recommend going on the Big Bus Tour even if it only for a day like we did.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was absolutely breath taking. No picture could ever capture the beauty and magnitude of this structure. I was absolutely blow away and could not stop staring at her. I think that is why they have the great lawn in from of the Eiffel Tower. They know that people could not just stand to take in the beauty, people need to sit and take the time to really look at her to take it all in. I never though a structure made out of metal could make me feel the way I have felt about paintings and sculptures, but it did.
The biggest regret I have from my trip to Paris was not seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. We kept saying we were going to but we never did. If you are reading this and you go to Paris you need to promise me that you will go to the Eiffel Tower at night and see it for me.
When you think the Louvre you think Mona Lisa. The sad part is that many people do not realize all of the other beautiful and significant art that is in the Louvre. Inside you will find the Law Code of Hammurabi, The Virgin on the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci St. John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci, Death of the Virgin by Caravaggio, La Bella Jardiniere by Raphael, and so much more. There are countless Leonardo da Vinci’s, Giotto, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer, and so so many more. There is so much beauty to see that it is worth looking around the entire Louvre not just at the Mona Lisa.
We went and were able to see the sheer beauty of the outside of Notre Dame but the line was absolutely insane to get inside so we decided to just stay outside and admire it from there. It is massive, much larger than I was anticipating.
The Lock Bridge
The Lock Bridge was something that I had to do while I was there. If some of you are not familiar people usually go with their significant other, write their names on the lock and lock it onto this bridge. Now a days people like myself do it for their family or just to commemorate their trip. I really enjoyed walking along the bridge and seeing all of the different lock and when they were put there. Me and Meghan spent a good amount of time just walking along the bridge. If you are not sure exactly which bridge this is it is the Pont Des Arts bridge. It was a very cool experience and would love to go back one day and see if by some chance my lock is still there.
Now I love my food and love getting to experience new food in each place that I visit. Paris had by far some of the best food I have ever eaten. When we first arrived we went to Baguette’s Cafe it was near our Air B and B. This place was small but had fantastic sandwiches. Later in the day we went to Cafe de la Comedie where w had a delicious cheese board and crepes. They were amazing! Side note I just want to add how beautiful all of the restaurants are in Paris. Every single one has seating outside. All the restaurants have this beautiful outdoor seating that just adds to how picturesque Paris.looks and feels. There were so many other amazing places that I ate but unfortunately I did not write them down in my journal. If I do remember them I will add them to this post and add an additional post.
Overall Paris was everything everyone described it and more. It is romantic, beautiful, picturesque, and extraordinarily amazing. I now encourage anyone who is traveling to think about putting Paris on their list. In my book it is a must see for so many reasons. While I have described some of the places I visited and the atmosphere, there is so much more to adventure off and see but you have to go there and do that for yourself.
If you have any suggestions to see or to eat while in Paris please comment below!