Let me start this post by saying how grateful I am for the friends that gave me a reality check that visiting Paris and Rome during a 4-day European trip would be too much. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It felt like four days went by much too quickly in this beautiful city. I was amazed that we were able to see all of the sites that were at that top of our list and that we didn’t feel rushed. It would have been icing on the already amazing cake to spend a few extra days sitting around in coffee shops, strolling through shops, and exploring the outskirts of the city, but I’m so grateful for the time we had there.
I remember reading somewhere about how photogenic Paris is- that it’s impossible to take a bad photo. This is so true. Even with gray skies, the beauty of Paris still shines through. This city is like a painting everywhere you look.
On our second day we picked up our Expedia tour passes and then headed straight to the Musee d’Orsay. I LOVED this museum. First of all, it’s cool that the museum was once a train station- just seeing the building itself is reason enough to visit. But, if that doesn’t do it for you, you can say hello to paintings from the likes of Monet, Manet, and Renoir.
After spending a few hours in the museum, we walked along the River Seine, admiring the bridges, buildings, and overall beautiful architecture.
On our third day we spent almost the entire day touring the Palace of Versailles and Marie Antoinette’s garden. I was in complete awe of the palace itself, but especially the expansive gardens. Marie Antoinette’s garden was like something out of a fairytale. The pictures here really don’t do it justice. It was also here that I enjoyed the best cup of hot chocolate that I’ve ever tried. We spent the rest of the day exploring Notre Dame, walking the streets, and of course overindulging in delicious pastries.
Most of our stops were at the super touristy places, but I didn’t mind that one bit. These have been the places that I’ve dreamed of visiting for the last 10 years, so making this trip a reality was truly the coolest thing ever.
Have you been to Paris? Is so, what were some of your favorite spots? If I ever go back I’ll be seeking out recommendations for all of the cool less-known places ;-)