06/19/2013 - 06/24/2013 60 °F
If Casey and I have learned anything it's Murphy's Law. I will not even draw out this past mistake trying to blame it on something other than ourselves. We missed our train to Paris. We finally made it to our hotel about 5 hours later than planned.
On another note, I was obsessed with Paris. The people we ran into really were quite welcoming and nice. People offered to help when we looked lost (of course there was the occasional line cutter but what place doesn't have that other than Texas?!). The French were so much more accommodating than we were expecting.
The sights were also breath taking. Our time in Paris was much too short. This was the first city we had to make an itinerary the first night and strictly stick to it to be able to see all that we wanted. We ran all over that city and accomplished so much but didn't even scratch the surface of what Paris had to offer. The weather was a little drab, it rained almost the whole time, but it was still so romantic (Casey and I have basically been on the longest date haha).
Below is a brief overview of what we did, you tell me if we deserve an award or not!
We caught up on laundry that morning with cappuccinos in hand then headed to Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore. This is frequently pinned on Pinterest. It was a charming little bookstore right across the river from Notre Dame. It's got tons of first edition books and a homey atmosphere. People write notes about love or Paris just to let others know they were there.
It was a great experience. We finished the day with the Fat Tire Bike Tour to get our bearings on the city and a little history. The tour ended with a boat ride along the river, with wine included. This was our first glimpse of Paris at night. I also forgot to mention that at 11 and midnight the Eiffel Tower sparkles for 5 minutes! We never missed it all the nights we were there.
There are about a million locks on all the bridges here. Couples come and lock a lock to the bridge and throw the key into the water to prove their eternal love. I thought it was so sweet (no Casey and I didn't do one...). We did see a few combination locks and thought that kind of defeated the purpose.
We started out early and tried to beat the crowd to the Louvre. We saw so much art and even got a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, the crowd was crazy to say the least. It was a giant museum, they say if you look art every painting for 30 seconds you would be there for two whole weeks!
We than went to Sainte Chapelle which might be my favorite church so far. It had the most beautiful stained glass windows I've ever seen.
We then headed over to Notre Dame to get a look inside, which was also beautiful (sorry for sounding redundant but I don't know how else to describe it!). The church was celebrating its 850th anniversary and added a new exhibit to see tons of relics.
We then walked through the Luxembourg Gardens and headed to the Pantheon.
The crypts were creepy, but it was really neat to see France's most important people's graves.
This day also ended up being summer solstice, which means it's the longest day of the year. To celebrate there is live music EVERYWHERE!! After dinner, we ventured our and listened to a few bands.
We started the day off with the L'Orangerie Museum, which holds Monet's water lily collection. Then we headed to Orsay, which was my favorite museum thus far. They focused on the impressionist era, which I especially enjoy. It was also quite a bit smaller so it was more manageable and its a converted train station.
We then stopped my the Tuileries Gardens and strolled around before going to the Arc du Triomphe. The Arc was so much larger than I imagined, Casey and I climbed all the way to the top and had a wonderful view of the city. It was quite windy up there!
We then looked at all the street vendors to see the local paintings. After a long day we ended with an enchanting mass at Notre Dame. The organ was haunting and entrancing. After a mouthwatering meal we ended watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle again!
Casey and I woke up bright and early to head to our champagne tour. It was FABULOUS! We went to two champagne house in Champagne, France. The first was a much smaller family run business and the next was Moët Chandon, who are the makers of Dom Perignon. They were interesting to compare and contrast, naturally we loved everything we tried. A fun fact we learned was that if you taste wine or champagne from another persons glass that they have been drinking out of it smells completely different from your own glass. It was the strangest thing, Casey and I tested it out ourselves. You can get the ones in the picture below in Texas.
After making it back into the city, we went to see the Moulin Rouge which was in a really cool area.
After dinner with the cheesiest mash potatoes I have ever had, Casey and I headed to the Eiffel Tower one last time and went up it to get a view of the city!
We finally crashed in bed and had to wake up about 2 hours later to head to the airport. It was a packed city but every minute was worth it!
On a side note...
Sorry for the delay on this post! We actually just got done with Dublin, but our accommodations had extremely slow wifi so it prevented us from updating! Dublin will be up soon! We arrived safely to London with no major hiccups. We will be back to Texas before we know it. And as much as we miss our loved ones, it will be hard to leave Europe. We've officially got the travel bug. Until next time!
Another side note...
Instead of complaining about the stairs, Casey and I decided to take pictures of the prettiest ones. Here are the winners thus far: