oh paris, what to say about paris. visiting paris was probably the highlight of our trip, for me personally anyway. we arrived in paris at night-time, after a quick nap, sean and i set out to get lost in paris for the evening. we went to the nearest metro line and intended to see the glass pyramid at the louvre. it only took us a total of four hours to finally get to our destination, but getting lost in paris was absolutely amazing! i highly recommend it. we didn’t use our phones, we had a street map provided by the metro and we just explored the city.
paris by night-time is pure magic! we stumbled upon notre dame, followed along the seine and saw the palais de justice, an outdoor concert with thousands of people just dancing in the streets, and the glittering light show of the eiffel tower (get ready for a disco at the top of every hour for about five minutes!) my favorite part about exploring paris by night was that everyone was outdoors still, there were more people at the parks by night-time than by day. the city really came to life at night and the illuminated buildings were glorious!
of course – this first night i did not have my camera with me and did not get a single photo. fail.
on our last day full day in paris, we waited in line (for at least two hours) to visit the catacombs of paris. yes, to some this may be a bit morbid, however, i grew up next to a cemetery and have a fondness for final resting places. the history regarding the catacombs was pretty fascinating. again, during this tour i purchased an audio guide – highly recommend this! i learned so much about the catacombs which did, in my opinion, really make the experience worthwhile.
if you are not interested in seeing photos from the catacombs, i would suggest that you do not scroll down!
no trip to paris is complete without taking a trip to see the iconic eiffel tower. the tower itself, impressive.. very! the park surrounding the tower was left wanting – there was garbage, broken glass bottles and dead grass. not exactly what you imagine when you think of the most “romantic city in the world.” regardless of the condition of the park, it was still worth the journey up the tower.