Viaje 7: Paris 

 I can finally say I’ve been to Paris, one of my absolute favorite cities. Everything about this city made me love it even more. Well, besides the awful smell in the metro stations but that’s beside the point. Considering we only had 2 and a half days in this amazing city, we had to make the most of our time and that involved a lot of walking each day. Comfy shoes are a must.
Of course we started at the Eiffel Tower, who wouldn’t. We went to the summit and it was so fun to look out over the city and pick out the main attractions like the arc and the louvre. It was noticeably colder at the top than the base. We got tickets there and spent a total of about 2 hours waiting in line and going up. After, we ate lunch on the lawn and headed to the Arc de Triomphe. It was more of a walk by attraction so we saw it and kept heading to the Louvre. As all tourists do, once we got to the Louvre, we took the classic pinch the top pick then went in to see if the Mona Lisa was really looking at us. I know what you’re wondering, yes she was looking right at me. After we were done at the Louvre, it was dinner time so we headed to the tolliere gardens for dinner. We ate at a small little outdoor sandwich shop that had crepes for dessert, which was an added bonus.

The next day we went to Notre Dame and walked around that area. Along the river were cute street vendors that had old books and cool paintings/ pictures. I couldn’t help but get some to decorate my apartment with next year. We spent the entire morning walking around and about mid afternoon we got lunch then headed to Montemartre. This is a quant neighborhood on a hill and if you walk up a ton of steps the Sacre-??? Is at the top. Once we finally made it up all the steps, we saw a massive crowd of people sitting on yet again more steps watching a guy juggle a soccer ball. He was outstanding! He climbed a light pole and juggled hanging on with one arm as well as walked along the fence line. The view from the top was defiantly worth the crazy amount of steps. We spent the rest of the day shopping and eating macaroons.

Since we had such little time to get everything in, we forgot to stop for croissants. Yeah, we thought we had lost our minds also. Who forgets to eat a croissant in Paris?! So, since we had deprived ourselves of the amazingness, we each got three croissants and then took the metro to the Eiffel Tower and sat on a bench eating our croissants (all 3 of them) and people watched. This was probably my favorite morning.

I cannot say enough amazing things about Paris. It is for sure a big city so I wouldn’t suggest going if you want a view of the countryside, but take my word for it, the Eiffel Tower is a much better view. Paris will always hold a special place in my heart.

XO,

B

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