Follow My Footsteps: Paris

Day 1:
  • We arrived at the airport by bus from London (cheap and easy but very long) and each purchased a three day metro pass for €43. I definitely suggest this, as we used the metro to get everywhere.
  • Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower! It was bigger than I imagined and beautiful in the rain.
  • Because it was really pouring, we headed to the Louvre. Unfortunately, the line was hours long. TIP: Buy your ticket in advance… I really can’t stress that enough. We grabbed a bite at Les Aigles across the street (pizza poulet -yum!) before heading on our way.
  • From there, we went to Notre Dame and walked around the church before heading up the steps. They were steep and tight (be prepared) but the view was out of this world (see photo).
  • We then visited Sainte-Chapelle – this was a must see.
  • We were treated to dinner at Flottes by a friend who was also visiting. The food was excellent!
Day 2: 
  • We headed to Versailles (M to gare du nore, RER B to saint-Michel, RER C to Versailles rive gauche) where we bought ticket to palace, fountains, gardens, Marie Antoinette’s estate, audio tour (€27). Versailles was an absolute must see! We went on a Tuesday which was very lucky because we were treated to the fountain show. Marie Antoinette’s estate wasn’t worth the walk over to it, but the gardens were unbelievable. You could really spend the entire day here.
  • When we left Versailles, we decided to go back to the Eiffel Tower to hang out and have lunch. We ate hot dogs fromage from a vendor and they were delicious!
  • That night, we took a bike tour (http://fattirebiketours.com/paris) which took us to Notre Dame, a lover’s lock bridge, and the Louvre before we boarded a boat down the Seine. Afterwards, we hopped back on the bikes and saw the Eiffel Tower a night – so beautiful.
Day 3:
  • We arrived at the Louvre around 9:30-10 and saw almost all of the “key pieces” on the map.
  • We then walked through the Tuileries (gardens) to the Champs-Élysées and Arc de triomphe. At that point, we were too exhausted to climb it, but it’s supposed to be amazing. We took the 6 train from Charles de Gaulle etoile to bir-hakeim (tour Eiffel).
  • Got hot dogs, crepes and a croissant and sat across from the Eiffel tower before taking the RER C to musee d’orsay – all impressionist paintings and sculptures, very cool.
  • We had dinner at Cafe Metro on St. Germain – french onion soup and chardonnay!
  • We walked the Latin quarter and saw Shakespeare and Company before taking the train to Montmartre where we saw Moulin rouge, Sacre Coeur, and walked the shops – very cool and amazing view of Paris.

Have you visited Paris? What did I miss?

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