The next day we toured around the city. We started by climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower to admire the views. We then visited the Arch di Triumph and walked down Champ-Champs-Élysées street, which has some of the best shopping in the world. I went inside the Louis Vuitton store and felt like if I touched anything it would burst into flames. The cheapest thing I found was a $350 keychain!
Afterwards we walked through the Tuileries Gardens and arrived at the Louvre. Since we are technically European Union citizens with our visas, we got to go inside for free. The museum is one of the largest in the world, so we just went to the major pieces. Obviously I had to take a selfie with the Mona Lisa haha. Afterwards, we went to the lock bridge and I dedicated a lock to my lovely parents (Shout out momma and papi!). To end our productive day, we got coffee in an artsy neighborhood and enjoyed some chocolate croissants.
The next morning we got up early and visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Out of the dozens of churches I have visited so far, this was my favorite. I loved the gothic feel and the beautiful architecture. I also thought it was amusing to see the cartoon drawings from the Hunchback of Notre Dame appear before me in real life. My favorite part was climbing the bell towers and seeing the gargoyles up close.
Then we enjoyed lunch by the river in this adorable café. Our server was hilarious and even sat down with us for a little bit. He was so excited when we asked if he wanted to take a picture with us. After lunch, I bought a pistachio and a praline macaroon. They were much more delicious than I had anticipated. We enjoyed our macaroons while lounging in the Luxembourg gardens. The gardens were so peaceful. The Parisian royalty really knew what they were doing when they decided to place these spectacular gardens all over the city. I could have sat there for hours just people watching and enjoying the greenery.
Later that day, we visited the Moulin Rouge! My favorite move in the entire world is Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McCregor. It is also Brittany’s, so we were estatic to see the red windmill in person. After pretending to be cancan dancers, we got some coffee at the Café des Deux Moulins. The café appeared in the film Amelie, if anyone was curious! We ended the night stargazing at the Eiffel Tower, admiring it as it sparkled on the top of every hour. Paris is such a magical city and I would love to return to it.
When In Rome
Two of my most cherished hobbies go hand-in-hand. Writing is my favorite way to reflect after traveling to a new country. I have kept this blog ever since I studied in Rome to share my travels with families and friends. I hope you enjoy learning about my experiences and getting a sense for my writing skills. If you have any questions, please reach out!