I’m not sure how it happened, but it has been almost four months since we went to Paris, and I’m still overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the experience. I’ve been to Paris a handful of times before, but every time offers a whole host of new things I want to capture—and this translates into A LOT of photos.
My other challenge has been in choosing how much to share. I’m the type of person that takes notes along the way because I want to remember and share everything. I want my friend, whose birthday the trip celebrated, to have a detailed record as well.
But I realize that the majority of people who are going to come to the blog don’t need everything, or even want it. So now I will endeavor to offer you the highlights (which really doesn’t narrow it down much!).
Of the 3 cities we visited – London, Paris and Rome – Paris was my favorite. It seemed to have the best combination of old world charm and modern comforts. It is a city that runs smoothly without obliterating or being inconvenienced by its history.
My goal was to show Lesli as much of Paris as she could see in 3 days, and still have time to sleep. So we started with a quick walk around our hotel’s neighborhood. We stayed at the Tilsitt Etoile, very close to the Arc de Triomphe and one end of the Champs Elysee. Then we napped and prepped for our dinner cruise on the Seine.
This served the dual purposes of seeing an overview of the city while getting a taste of the culture through food, drink and music. This is a must for any short stay in Paris. There are a number of companies that offer cruises with varying levels of comfort. We chose Bateaux Parisiens , and loved it!
Here’s where it took us :
Click here for the interactive Cruise Map and it’ll tell you all about each of the places!
Here we are enjoying the cruise. The photo of me was taken by the onboard photographer as a souvenir photo. I almost didn’t get it, but Lesli talked me into it. Thanks, Lesli!
Below are some of the photos we took during the cruise– see if you can match them up with the map. (See? Interactive and educational, aren’t we?)
And here’s a video to give you a taste of the magic!
Afterwards, inspired by the sights and sounds, and full of great food and plenty of wine, we hung around to take photos of the Eiffel Tower at night. Pretty good for our first day in Paris!
PARIS ~ DAY 2
The next day we took a hop-on hop-off bus tour with the goal of hopping off at the Louvre. The great thing about the bus is that they have running commentary so you know what you’re looking at, and a map to follow along. Still, I could hardly remember, (and surprisingly, didn’t take notes!) so I did a lot of research when I got home to identify all the buildings I photographed.
–Phedre et Hippolyte by Baron Pierre-Narcisse Guerin