I’m back! It’s been a while. Life has been crazy these past months. I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. Before I get into our Paris Itinerary, which is the root of this post, let me give you a few life updates!If you missed my Instagram, I’m engaged! 🙂 B proposed on January 31 and it’s been a whirlwind. It was the same day he closed on purchasing a home, so needless to say, I’m also moving! Well, moved. We are so excited and have just started scratching the surface on wedding planning.
Alright on to our Paris Itinerary…
Arrived in Paris at 7:40am. We were so tired. I will start by saying we didn’t anticipate the lines to get through customs being to long, they were so long. We didn’t get to our hotel till around 12pm. We staid at The Hotel Bradford Elysees in the 8th. The hotel was so accommodating, upon arrival, we were offered coffee and pastries while they finished getting our room ready. Amazingly, we were able to get into our room within about 30 mins. This gave us time for a quick shower and nap before setting out to explore Paris. You can read my full review of the hotel here.
Each day we would set a few things that we wanted to explore or see. If we didn’t make it to one thing that day, we would adjust the follow day. It’s all about flexibility when traveling.
Here was out list for Day 1:
- Notre Dame
- Crypt of Notre Dame
- Ile St Louis
In our half day, we were able to visit all of these with time to spare, although, I’m not sure how much more I would have wanted to add. Walking around near Notre Dame and Ile St Louis, we saw a crowd outside of a bakery/pastry shop, naturally, I quick jumped in line not knowing anything about the place. It was called Aux Merveilleux de fred and it was filled with the most beautiful meringues. There are a few of these shops in Paris and it’s worth even going to window shop.
Can you spot the Eiffel Tower in the next on?
Something I knew I had to do while in Paris even only with 4 days, was visit Versailles. I’ve visited castles and palaces in other countries and I also love it. (My Favorite is Peleș Castle in Transylvania, it’s amazing if you ever get the chance to go.) Versailles was surprisingly closer to Paris than I expected, I think it took us longer to figure out which train to take than the amount of time on the train. There are a few options, but all a pretty easy. We had planned for about the 1/2-3/4 of our day to be at Versailles, walking the palace and the gardens. The place is gigantic and beautiful. Although we were there in November and we missed the true beauty of the blooming garden, it was still magnificent.Once we returned from Versailles, we went to Cafe Paris London for Dinner, I’d heard that had great French Onion Soup. It was great, super cheesy, but delicious. I also sprung for their Creme Brûlée, because when in Paris. We finished dinner very late, as most Europeans do, and quickly decided to rush to the Eiffel Tower for the last ride up to the top. It was perfectly misting on us and the whole city was lit up. I may have looked like a drown rat, but it was awesome. I highly recommend going up at night.
Our third day in Paris, we went to the Louvre. Our biggest mistake here was not buying tickets ahead of time. We had to wait in line for a quite a bit while watching all the people who purchased ticket ahead of time just walking in! There is so much to see there. We probably could have gone for two days straight and still not taken enough time to see everything. We chose to keep to the “wonders” of the Louvre and then wandered mostly. Needless to say, plan for more time here than you think. *Don’t mind me looking like a touristy goon in the next photo, but I had to.
After the Louvre, we decided to do a “picnic” and I have this is quotes because it was far too cold to eat outside. We grabbed some meats, cheeses, and bread from the local grocery and ate in our hotel room. I had heard that the best place in Paris to see the sunset was Sacre Coeur. I really wanted to go up a dusk. It was very cloudy that day so we couldn’t make up our minds if it would be worth it go to. It was about 20 minutes before sunset and it took 15 minutes to get there, we decided to go. We literally ran up to the top and it was worth it. The sky put on a magnificent show for us. After watching the sunset, we headed back towards Champs-Élysées to walk and visit the Arc. It was stunning at night and honestly the cars in the circle were almost equally as mesmerizing. Since we visited near Christmas, there was a holiday market around the Champs-Élysées. I love the holiday season so we walked and shopped drinking beer and taking it all in. In my opinion, the only thing that could have made that night better, was a light snow fall.
Our last day in Paris. We began our day heading to the d’Orsay, with out experience at the Louvre, I was totally nervous we would have to wait forever to get in. To my surprise and joy, we did not. 🙂 I actually might have liked the d’Orsay better than the Lourve. It was much more open and airy, less crowded, and it didn’t take forever to get in. We were able to slowly walk throughout admiring work of Money, Kandinsky, and Degas (and so many more).After the Museum, we were able to roam the streets of Paris. I wanted to visit Pierre Herme for more macaroon and B wanted to visit the BMW of Paris. We made our way around Paris, this was a slower paced day for us. Following, we went back to our hotel to pack up a bit since we were taking the chunnel quite early the next morning. One final thing I wanted to do in Paris was take photos at the Eiffel tower during the day. So we got ready and we were on our way. The best for last. This is one my favorites from the trip. As cliche and cheesy as it may be, I love it.
We woke up early on our 5th morning and headed to the train station where we took the Chunnel to London.
Have you been to Paris? Do you have an question on our 4 day Paris Itinerary? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you.