“Paris is not a city, it is a world.”
Have truer words ever been spoken? Paris has this manner about it that makes it distinct from other capital cities. It is just as busy, with just as many rude and arrogant citizens and is teaming with tourists but still captures my heart like no other place ever has. I’m very open about the fact that I live in a constant daydream of walking to work in the French sun or picking up a fresh baguette every morning from the boulangerie on the corner but I am still a few years away from living out my fantasies just yet.
As a way to fill the Paris shaped hole in my heart, I’ve been writing a series of blog posts based on the trip that I took in June with Dan. I am sad to say that this will be the final instalment of this series but I am getting closer to booking another trip around my birthday next February, so hopefully, it won’t be long until I pick up where I left off. I hope that I can say that I’ve left the best until last because I get to feature all my favourite photos that I took without spamming my Instagram continuously for the foreseeable future.
First was a trip to the Passy Cemetery to see the graves of Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy. It was so lovely and quiet because it’s not nearly as popular as Père Lachaise which hosts Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
Dan and I then made our way down to the Eiffel tower through Jardins du Trocadéro and took many pictures on the way, including this one which is my favourite one of me to date.
We queued for hours in the heat for the different lifts but it was so worth it. The views from every level were gorgeous and I can finally say that I’ve been to the top of the Eiffel Tower as I never went higher than level two in 2015.
We ate crêpes on the Champ des Mars and sat in the sun to rest our feet before heading off again.
Gelato from Amorini was perfect to cool us down and looked beautiful with its petals.
We went across to admire the architecture at Les Invalides and was very surprised to see a sort of circus on the Esplanade.
After a nosey in the shops on the Champs-Elysées, we also climbed up the Arc de Triomphe for a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower.
Our plan for the day was to visit three museums and see classic works of art in the Louvre, D’Orsay and Orangerie.
I found that marble statues are my new art obsession, especially when it looks like fabric has just been draped over it. Wasn’t that fussed about the Mona Lisa but it is kind of a must for a first visit to the Louvre.
The architecture of the Louvre is artwork in itself, incredibly detailed and stunning to look at.
Dan and I had a wee stroll around the Tuileries and went on the carousel. I chose the ostrich because it was also the one I chose back in 2015 when I visited Paris with my family.
I also wanted to have a nosey in the shops at Place Vendôme so I could pretend that I was rich enough to buy some gorgeous bags.
We also visited the Musée de l’Orangerie to see some of Monet’s Waterlillies. I was surprised by the size of them because they were much larger than I expected.
The final museum of the day was the Musée d’Orsay, my favourite so far in Paris. The converted train station makes for the most beautiful backdrop to the point where I’m distracted from the art.
I was most excited for Friday because we were going to Disneyland. As I’ve already done a blog post on our visit, I will subtly direct you there instead of adding many more photos to this ever-growing post.
Considering we’d had a packed holiday thus far, we decided to take it easy and spend some time in Montmartre as it was close to our Airbnb. Ironically, we walked more on this day then we did any of the others…
We started at Moulin Rouge and saw the famous windmill.
I also wanted to visit Le Mur des Je t’aime (Wall of Love) with my boyfriend because I am the cheesiest person alive.
We took some photos in a photobooth on the street. The first photo was taken rather quickly which caught us off guard but I was happy with how the rest turned out.
We then climbed the numerous steps up to Sacré-Cœur for a look inside the gorgeous church and for stunning views across the city. I was also really chuffed to capture a picture of the sinking house of Paris.
We had a wander through Place du Terte and then to Dalí Paris to see some of the artist’s most famous works.
We ended our walk through Montmartre with a visit to the Le Passe-Muraille and tried to pull the man out of the wall.
In the evening Dan and I headed into the centre of Paris for some more art. We started at 59 Rivoli, an old artist’s squat that had been converted into studios.
We then visited Le Centre Pompidou for the view of Paris and exhibitions on modern art. Due to my decision of wearing heeled boots, I was the loudest person in the building as my footsteps echoed off all the walls…
After a wonderful dinner, I surprised Dan with a trip to Reset, a bar in Paris that is home to a multitude of video games, old and new.
An epic fail of the day. We planned on visiting the Château de Versailles but as arrived in the late morning, the queues were already over two hours long and we didn’t want to wait that long. Instead, we went back to our Airbnb to chill before going out for dinner.
It was our last full day in Paris but we still had so much to do. It started at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle where we looked around some of the galleries and had a wander through the garden.
I wanted to visit Arènes de Lutèce, an old Roman amphitheatre because it was featured in one of my favourite book series. It was a lovely place to sit and have lunch and provided some golden people watching opportunities.
We then walked to the Panthéon which was under some sort of construction so we just walked past it briefly and headed towards the River Seine.
We also saw a sun dial by Salvador Dalí on the Rue Saint-Jacques.
We visited the infamous bookshop, Shakespeare and Company. We didn’t go in, again because of a long queue, but did stop to take in our surroundings because it was such a lovely day.
On Île de la Cité, we took pictures of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and stood on Point Zéro des Routes de France to make a wish.
With a slight detour across to Île Saint-Louis and had a nosey in some of the shops before heading back to our Airbnb to pack for the journey home, the next day.
Next time I write a post like this I’ll be writing about some spots in Paris that are off-the-beaten-track. I have such a long list of all the places I want to visit and I hope it won’t be too long until I get there.