Hi guys! I just got back from Paris on Tuesday and I had an absolute blast! Sorry that this post is only up today, I needed a day or two to get back to myself and its been a busy week as it is. If you read my Planning Paris post, you'll know what I wanted to see and how I planned out my trip and what I wanted to see. I didn't get around to La Geode and Pere Lachaise cemetery, but I saw Bastille (by accident but I still saw it :D) and Luxembourg Gardens! I had such a lovely time! :)
Day 1: On my first full day there, I set out to see Notre Dame, Musee de L'Armee and the Eiffel Tower. I've been obsessed with seeing Notre Dame since I was seven or eight and it was the number one thing I had to see, and when I saw it -For lack of a better phrase- I lost my shit! It went beyond my expectations and it is, without a doubt, the most beautiful place I have ever been. The 40ft rose window, the flying buttress's the gargoyles, it took my breath away, I queued for ages to go inside and it was so worth it. It is stunningly beautiful inside. No matter how many times I took photos of Notre Dame, it will never show how beautiful the place is, in comparison to it in the flesh. The bell sounded lovely too. It's most breathtaking at night and lies on the Seine, just wow. <3 Best of all, I got to see it every single day because I used it as a starting point to explore the city. After Notre Dame, I set off to see the Eiffel Tower and Musee L'Armee, which was easy as they were less than a five minute walk from each other. To be honest, I had it in my head that it wouldn't matter if I saw the Eiffel Tower or not. I could take it or leave it. I went because it was 5 minutes away from Musee L'Armee. Eiffel Tower was touristy and underwhelming, especially if you romanticised it in your mind. It's a bit of a travesty and quite ugly, honestly. It's quite nice as part of a landscape though. Musee de L'Armee was fantastic! It served as a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, but now it's home to weaponry, artillery, armor and holds the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, which was amazing to see!
Day 2: The second day I was there, I set off for Concorde, Champs-Elysses and Arc De Triomphe. It was so handy to see all of these places because they are very close to each other and you basically just follow one road from Concorde to Champs-Elysses and Arc De Triomphe. As a history nerd, I had to see Concorde as it is where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Concorde is a beautiful place filled with luxurious, extravagant fountains, it's a must see in Paris! Champs-Elysses is one of the most expensive streets in the world and looks every part of it, with shops like Cartier, Mac, Tiffany & Co, and Louis Vuitton. I made a stop into the Mac shop and popped my Mac cherry and the Disney store there is nothing short of magical. If you wanted to do some serious shopping in Paris, I wouldn't recommend Champs-Elysses unless you had €1'000 upwards with you. However, it's interesting to go to see how the French do retail therapy and fashion, which is bloody brilliant, I must say. At the end of Champs-Elysses, there is the gorgeous Arc De Triomphe that celebrates those that fought in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, when Napoleon Bonaparte promised his men that they would walk under the arches of triumph, this is said Arc. It is massive, beautiful and an icon. This day was definitely my favourite day out of my trip!
Day 3: My third day there was my least favourite, I got quite homesick. I went to see Sacre Coeur and chilled out at Luxembourg Gardens. Going up to Sacre Coeur, I was so surprised about how rough and dangerous the area was. Sacre Coeur is near Gare Du Nord, the train that takes you all over Europe and it was dangerous, and this was during the day. I had my bag eyed a couple of times and had a French man purr at me, say stuff I didn't understand and followed me a bit. I had a vice grip on my bag the entire time. When I got to Sacre Coeur, I thought it was stunning and it gave great views of the city. However, I'm not sure it was worth the uneasy way there, but I am glad I got to go, considering that I was planning to go back more than once. I got the RATP bus back to Luxembourg and got some food, explored the gardens and chilled out to some music. It was such a nice place to relax after a day that didn't go so well to begin with.
Day four: On Sunday, I headed to the Louvre. The thing to keep in mind before heading to the Louvre is know what you want to see before you get there. The Louvre is massive. You could walk it for a month and still not see everything it has to offer. I planned to see the ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek section, especially Venus De Milo. My favourite pieces were the ancient Egyptian tablets with hieroglyphics on them, Venus De Milo, Wedding at Cana, John the Baptist and Aphrodite. Jaconde (Mona Lisa) was a let down. I only got a quick glance at her as she is safe guarded behind glass and I didn't get as close up to her as I would have liked. After the Louvre, I decided to chill out on the grassy banks of the Seine as it was such a nice day. I relaxed there listening to Metallica for a long time, taking in my beautiful surroundings.
|John the Baptist|
|Wedding at Cana|
|David and Goliath|
|Ancient Egyptian tablet|