Oh, Paris. I was definitely anticipating this destination the most. Of course, I wasn’t let down. It is the most magical place in the world. There’s just something about it.
It is whimsical, inspirational, and beautiful. I felt such awe while I was there, and really, I will never be able to explain the feeling. Everything around me was beautiful, and it wasn’t like anything I had ever seen before in my entire life. It was so incredible to me that it was hard to even process what I actually was seeing, was real.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time gave me such a mix of emotions. I couldn’t believe that I was actually seeing it with my own eyes. Really, it is just a metal tower. You wouldn’t think that it would make you feel something so powerful, but honestly, it did for me. I can’t explain it in words.
So for the first day in Paris, we spent most of the day at the Eiffel Tower. Starting with a picnic, we had wine (you can drink in public!), a fresh baguette, brie, and raspberry jam on the grass area. We sat there enjoying the Eiffel Tower’s company, admiring it’s presence.
To get a gorgeous view of the tower, we ventured to the Trocadéro. The Trocadéro is comprised of beautiful gardens, a fountain, and grand staircases. The stairs led up to the platform area, surrounded by the wings of the Palais de Chaillot. We took amazing photos, relaxed, and got Nutella crêpes. As a matter of fact, it was perfection.
Our second day couldn’t have started off more sweet, having macrons at the “French luxury bakery and sweets maker house”, Ladurée. This was the one bakery I wanted to go to. I was recommended by a friend to go to the oldest one in Madeline, so that is where we went. It was the most gorgeous, elegant bakery I had ever been too. I had coffee with a pistachio macron and a rose petal macron – absolutely divine. So, if you are looking for a fancy tea time and an excellent taste of Paris, you need to go here.
Afterwards, we took the metro to see the Louvre. The Louvre Palace and Pyramid was another incredible sight to see, although I do wish I had time to explore inside. As we walked from the Louvre, in the Tuileries Garden, we spotted a pack of pups. Obviously, I couldn’t resist hanging out with them.
We made our way towards the Ferris Wheel at Place deal Concorde and walked along the river. I wanted to see the Love Lock Bridge, but unfortunately the original one was taken down. Although, we did get to see the new bridge lovebirds were putting love locks on (s’cute). Next stop was seeing the most popular cathedral, Notre-Dame. The interior was just as stunning as the exterior, built with a collection of stained glass windows and statues. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos in order to be respectful.
Continuing the busy agenda, we traveled down the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. We went to the top of the Arc De Triomphe to get a stunning view of the city. While up there, we even got to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle which was absolutely amazing. This wrapped up our activities for the daytime, and so at night, we went out to experience some of the Parisian nightlife.
To begin our last day in Paris, we went to another cathedral called the Sacré-Cœur – which was also very cool. Then, we made our way back to the Champs-Élysées to explore more of that area and see all the shops. I made sure to go on Avenue Montaigne because surprise, surprise I needed to see where the upmost high-fashion stores were. The first Dior store was located on this street, and Dior is one of my favorite designers, so of course I had to go. Since 1947, this legendary address has housed the heart of Christian Dior and his designs.
Afterwards, we went back to the Eiffel Tower to enjoy as much of it as we could before having to say goodbye. We found this cute cafe called Le Café Gustave, where I got the delicious croque-monsieur. This dish is a baked ham and cheese sandwich – definitely an upgrade from the usual grilled cheese sandwich. For the rest of the afternoon, we sat in the grass area under the Eiffel Tower, living in the moment. Watching the sun set, the Eiffel Tower sparkled in all it’s glory. The night ended with going back to the Trocadéro, getting another nutella crepe, and enjoying the view from there. Sitting on the steps and admiring the Eiffel Tower from that view was breathtaking. I wouldn’t have wanted to end my Europe trip any other way.
As cheesy as it sounds, there will now always be a part of me that stayed in that city. It had so much wonder, history, and beauty. There is something truly special about traveling, and Paris gave me that special feeling. I can’t wait to go back. After all, Audrey Hepburn was right when she said, “Paris is always a good idea.”
I hope you enjoyed these travel diaries and traveling through my adventures. This Europe trip has definitely inspired me to take all that life has to offer, and see the world as much as I can. I hope this has even inspired you in some small way.