The Eggs Take Paris
After the craziest wedding season we have ever had, it was so nice to be able to relax and adventure in a new city and a new culture. I've always wanted to go to Paris ever since I read about it as a kid in some book. We aren't city people at all, and this was our first time out of the country, aaaand we speak absolutely no French, so to say it was an adventure is an understatement. We laughed at and with each other probably more than we ever have before. However, despite not speaking the language, the French were so kind and helpful. We were able to navigate through the city just fine. And let me just tell you, they don't call it the City of Love for nothing! It was such a sweet time spent together. It's kind of hard to truly explain our experience, but we will try our best...
The first night, we arrived around 7pm. We took an uber from the airport to our hotel, and we got to drive through the business side of Paris. First thing we noticed: European drivers are insane. We thought Atlanta was bad! There are literally no rules on the road in Paris.
When we arrived, we dropped off our luggage and went straight to the Eiffel Tower, because obviously that's the first thing you have to see! We didn't realize that it lights up every hour on the hour. It was honestly such a dream come true, getting to see it lit up! It's definitely way cooler in person.
The next morning, we went to the Notre Dame area. We didn't go in the first day, we just went to check it out. Seriously y'all-- the architecture in this city is unlike anything we've ever seen. And this church... just wait until we show you the photos of the inside!
Okay, so speaking of not speaking any French... at all... the first time we went to a cafe, I ordered what I thought was a chocolate coffee... it was not. It was hot chocolate. I was sorely disappointed and got a caffeine headache shortly after. But, it was a really good cup of hot chocolate!
Here I am drinking said cup of hot chocolate... and here is my look of initial disappointment.
This is The Seine-- the main river that runs through the city. It was super cool to see how everything was kind of centered around it.
Heads up, you'll be seeing a lot of photos of buildings as you scroll. Because honestly, y'all. The architecture is amazing.
As we were wandering, we came across this bridge on Ponte Neuff. The original Love Locks bridge was taken down, but as we were walking, a guy was selling some locks. And, ever since reading about it several years back, I have always loved the idea of the Love Locks, so C was incredibly sweet and bought one without a thought. So, we wrote our names on one (and did not throw the key in The Seine because we just didn't think its good for the river).
From there, we stumbled upon a palace courtyard, so we wandered into it, having no idea that it was the Louvre. We'll get to that in just a second...
So, this is what we thought The Louvre was. But apparently, this is only the entrance. The galleries are actually in the palace above. How cool is that!? (Please tell me I'm not the only one geeking out). Again, the line was super long, so we opted to get passes for later that evening.
Apparently, Parisian winters are cold and wet, and our umbrella broke, so we headed back to our hotel to dry up (after buying an umbrella from literally the nicest old French man). After we warmed up a bit, we went out for dinner and walked to The Louvre.
This is King Louis XIV's crown, and a pretty ceiling in the palace.
Y'all. This was the most stressful experience of the whole trip. I was so excited to see The Mona Lisa, but getting to the front was a struggle. There must have been a hundred people standing in a huge crowd in the middle of this gallery room. The only way to leave the crowd was though the front, and everyone was elbowing each other to get a selfie with The Mona Lisa. I just wanted a picture, so I waited in this crowd with everyone. There was no structure, and this claustrophobic girl was stressed but... I got it and I got the heck out of there.
Below, you'll see the famous Venus de Milo aaaand a figurine of a pointer, because I missed Luna and I love her and she's the best dog ever.
After we left The Louvre, we stumbled upon a quaint cafe with a view of Notre Dame. We had coffee and creme brûlée and it was a perfect end to our first full day in Paris.
The first thing we did when we woke up was head back to Notre Dame to check out the inside... y'all. Just check out these ceilings and the architecture. It. was. stunning.
After Notre Dame, we found our way to the Ile St. Louis. We went to a cafe and ate some cheese, and once again, I thought I was ordering a coffee, and somehow managed to order a super fancy hot chocolate (it had a different name than the day before, so I thought it would be a different drink). But, it was easily the best cup of hot chocolate I've ever had.
Our view from the cafe.
After we finished eating, we wandered around the island for a bit.
After we left the island, we headed over to the Arc de Triomphe. We got tickets to go up later that night, so we just went to see it and hang around Champ Elysees.
This is Champ Elysees. It is probably the busiest street we went to in Paris. It is the main shopping strip in Paris, with Cartier and Louis Vuitton. Since C and I don't really love crowds, we decided to grab a quick lunch and head over to Trocadero to get a view of the Eiffel Tower.
After that, we went back to the Arc de Triomphe to hang around until it got dark.
As we were walking on Champ Elysess again, C saw an opportunity to drive a Ferrari, which is something he has always wanted to do. And what better place to do it than in Paris!? So, he went for it. He got to drive by The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and through the tunnel where Princess Diana died. While he was doing that, I went to H&M, because that's the only place I could afford on this strip.
After he finished, we headed to the Arc de Triopmhe (which has the prettiest view of the Eiffel Tower, I'm convinced). We got in line, and C decided he needed to go to the bathroom... so he went to go find one... and left me for thirty minutes. Oh, and to make matters better, he took the backpack. Which had my phone, my wallet, my passport, my metro ticket, and our room key. I was stranded in Paris. (I'm not still bitter, what are you talking about?). But when he came back, after I literally hugged him while crying because I'm emotional, we went up the Arc de Triomphe, which, like I said, had the coolest view of the Eiffel Tower at night.
Morning 3 was probably our favorite. It was our last day, so there was a sense of sadness, but we were also exhausted, so we took it fairly easy. C planned this whole day out-- He decided to take us to Monmartre because they had a gluten free creperie, and I was dying to eat a crepe. But he also chose this neighborhood because he knows how much I love Beauty & The Beast, and in the new live action movie, this is where Belle grew up, and where she and The Beast transport. So basically, C is the most thoughtful man ever.
First up, we went toSacré-Cœur, which had easily the most stunning view of the city. We didn't realize how big Paris is until we walked up to the top of the church. And these pictures honestly don't do it justice.
He's FOINE. ;)
After we ate our crepes, we went to Musee d'Orsay, which we honestly may have enjoyed more than the Louvre. We got to see Monet and Van Gough, and some really cool sculptures. Afterward, we wandered the city again.
The only time we got lost. I'm kind of impressed with us!
After we ate dinner and had the best meal and creme brûlée of our lives, we headed back to the hotel to pack up really quickly. Then, we headed out to get coffee at a cafe and wait for midnight to strike. We celebrated New Years next to some friends we made from America, and we watched The Eiffel Tower light up in the distance. It was such a wonderful way to end the most perfect trip.
xo The Egglestons