I started dreaming about Paris when I was just 16 years old. I developed a fascination with the place and began telling everyone how much I wanted to go there one day. Fast forward 8 years and I finally got to experience Paris, it was truly magical! We only had three days, but we did SO much. It felt as though we were there for much longer.
After getting off the train and settling into our Air BnB we headed straight to the Eiffel tower. I have no words to explain the feeling of standing under the Eiffel Tower for the first time. We stood there for at least ten minutes just going “WOW” and eating Nutella crepes!
We then walked to Galeries Lafayette which is the most insane shopping mall I have ever seen. We enjoyed a drink on their rooftop terrace which overlooks Paris. $28 for my virgin mojito was worth it, considering the view 😉
We woke up bright and early and headed straight to the Eiffel Tower once again to enjoy the view without the crowds. I highly recommended rising early when intending to visit tourist sites. We went up to the Palais de Chaillot which offers the best view of the Eiffel Tower!
From there we walked to the Arc De Triomphe, and while we waited for it to open we went to Cafe Lateral for breakfast. We had a delicious traditional French breakfast of croissants, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice.
We then headed up Arc De Triomphe, be prepared for the LONG set of winding stairs you have to climb, but I promise, the view is SO worth it!
After this, we took the metro to The Louvre, where we were blown away the architecture! We decided that we weren’t going to wait in the long line to go into the Museum – perhaps next time!
We then went out to Montmartre, which is the most amazing little town!! The Sacre Coeur, of course, was amazing to see. My favourite part was walking through the streets looking at all the little shops, and we spent a good amount of time choosing chocolates in the Lindt store!
As much as we were still fighting jet lag, seeing Paris at night is essential. So we ventured out for dinner and then sat under the Eiffel Tower, watched the sun go down and waited for it to light up. It was so magical seeing it lit up!
Our first stop of the day was the Notre Dame. We got there about 7:30am, which seemed to be a perfect time as there were only about four other people there. There was no line yet, so we went straight inside. What I found fascinating was the fact that the cathedral was built in stages over 200 years!
From here we walked to the Pantheon (with a pastry stop along the way!) which was an amazing area. We then walked to the iconic Pont Alexandre III bridge, which is yet another incredible view of Paris!
Our last stop of the day was once again the Eiffel Tower, but this time we decided to climb it! After spending the last few days on our feet, we were questioning our decision to climb 674 steps! However, it was well worth it. It quite surreal looking up as we walked, and the views at the top are incredible. We then picked up some lunch and relaxed under the Eiffel Tower for a while before going home to sleep as we had an early flight the next day.
Paris exceeded all my expectations with it’s incredible architecture, history and the cutest cafes. There is something about this city that is truly magical, and I am so thankful we had the opportunity to experience it!