I’m so so excited to start sharing some of my
hundreds of many photos from my Paris trip. I’m going to begin with our day adventures and then finish with a final post about all the places we ventured at night.
Our first full day was a pretty exciting one filled with all the typical toursity-type things one would expect – including figuring out the metro system which by the way was easier than you’d think. We spent the morning and afternoon in the 1st arrondissement. The area around the Louvre is really breathtaking as far as views – the architecture, shops and Jardin des Tuileries all within walking distance from the museum.
Like I mentioned before, you can’t go to Paris without going to the Louvre – if you don’t like art then why are you in Paris anyway? There are museums literally everywhere you go! We headed towards the Mona Lisa first because seeing the spectacle around her is actually more interesting than seeing the painting. People are seriously swarming the glass encasement trying to get a photo of this thing. Did I
push and shove wait patiently to get to the front for my Mona Lisa photo? Yes, of course I did. Give yourself a lot of time to go through the museum – perhaps an entire day.
We also shopped along Rue Saint- Honore as we made our way to Rue Cambon where the first Chanel store resides. There was a line just to get inside the doors! Oh and be prepared for lines… there are lots of lines in Paris. If you stick around this area, look for Angelina, a cafe that somehow eluded us even though we asked probably 5 people for its location. Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn frequented it for it’s famous hot chocolate.
We walked along the river side of the Louvre to get to the Love Lock Bridge. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lock because there are people selling them around on the streets. (They are equipped with Sharpies too.) The locks are supposed to symbolize protecting love, but we can do it for friendship too, right? So we locked it on there and threw the key into the Seine – making us BFF official.
By this time we needed to head back to our hotel and get ready for dinner, but at some point we did stop for lunch at a little bistro near the Museum D’Orsay (across the Seine from the Louvre). The first of many bread baskets we devoured. Almost all of the bistros have spicy mustard on the table for the bread. Try it! It’s fantastic and better for you than butter…
Check back for Day 2 soon!