Since it’s the month of all things romance, I thought I would share my experience in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris! I fell in love with “The City of Lights” the minute I arrived. I could not help but to marvel in the beauty of all the Haussmann style buildings with their noble balconies. Simply charming!
We stayed on the right bank in the 8th Arrondissement. Our hotel was located in an area known as the Golden Triangle. This location to me was the ideal location. Our hotel was walking distance to the Champs-Elysées, Arc De Triomphe, Rue Montaigne and a 7 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower.
Once we settled in our hotel we immediately hit the streets. We strolled down the Champs-Elysées and window shopped. However, I stopped in my tracks the minute I spotted the famous Laduree. I had to have one (or maybe 5) of their famous macaroons. We sat and indulged in our macaroons and people watched. We then decided that it would be a great idea to climb to the top of the Arc De Triomphe (we are insane). We thought this was a great idea until we were halfway up the narrow, circular stairway. We both thought we were having a heart attack! I will say that the view once we reached the top was absolutely breathtaking (literally). We had the most perfect view of the City, The Eiffel Tower and the beautiful treelined streets of the Champs-Elysées.
We spent the next few days touring all around the City. I will say I started each day the same way with a Pain Au Chocolat (chocolate filled croissant) and coffee. Thank goodness we did a lot of walking!
Our first tour started at the Latin Quarter then onto one of the most BEAUTIFUL Cathedrals I have ever seen, Notre Dame! We sat out front and marveled in the beauty and contemplated climbing to the top but with our adventure the previous day we opted out! We then strolled along the Seine River bank to “Lovers Bridge” where you place a padlock onto the fence of Ponte des Arts then throw the keys into the Seine. By doing this it’s a symbol of unbreakable love and devotion. Of course I had to do this, it was so romantic, I felt as if I was in a movie!
And just when I thought that the day could not get any more perfect, we topped it off with lunch at the Eiffel Tower!! The views were MAGNIFICENT!! Again, I sat there and relished in the moment and said to myself (as I often do) “Can you believe it girl, you are in Paris having lunch at the Eiffel Tower.” After an amazing lunch at the Eiffel Tower, we sailed the Seine where we delighted in the beauty of the City from the water. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had a glass (or 3) of Chardonnay! This truly was a day that I will never forget.
After seeing almost every site that Paris had to offer: Trocadero,
The Louvre, Opera National de Paris, Pont Alexandre III, Montmarte, Tuileries, etc, we then set out to tour the Palace of Versailles. I was in awe the minute that we walked in the oversized grand doors. Each room was filled with ornate gold trim and large life sized paintings. The Hall of Mirrors was filled with large over the top crystal chandeliers.The sprawling gardens were so meticulously shaped and trimmed, I could only imagine what it must have been like coming here for a dinner party. It’s hard to imagine that this type of extravagant lifestyle existed so many centuries ago.
We finished the day with a glass of wine at a local cafe over looking the Eiffel Tower all lit up and sparkling. What a perfect end to a trip!