EUROTRIP: Arthur’s in Paris

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 toΒ 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.

Arthur's in Paris | Positively, Lacy
Arthur's in Paris| Positively, Lacy
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Arthur's in Paris| Positively, Lacy
Arthur's in Paris| Positively, Lacy
Arthur's in Paris| Positively, Lacy
Arthur's in Paris| Positively, Lacy
Arthur's in Paris| Positively, Lacywhile in paris, we ate at some amazing restaurants! if you find yourself in the latin quarter, please, do yourself a favor and visit l’avant comptoir wine bar. this little gem is hidden behind an inconspicuous crepe stand. do not be bashful! go beyond the plastic curtain with the pig painted on it and enjoy the party in your mouth that is about to unfold! the service is beyond friendly, the food is to die for (literally, i am salivating as i type this), and the atmosphere is eclectic and fun. the menu hangs from the ceiling with photos, so if you do not know french – you are in luck! just point and say i’d like that one!

l'avant comptoir | positively, Lacy
l'avant comptoir | positively, Lacy

l'avant comptoir | positively, Lacy
l'avant comptoir | positively, Lacy
l'avant comptoir | positively, lacy
l'avant comptoir | positively, lacy
l'avant comptoir | positively, lacy
one of the mornings in paris we spent at the louvre. if this is something you have for your bucketlist – make sure you pack some very comfortable shoes and give yourself more than just a morning for your visit. i loved the louvre, this experience was nonetheless a very enjoyable one for me (minus that one incident where i had a panic attack, i wont bore you with the details.) if you visit the louvre, i do recommend the audio guide, especially if you are like me and unknowledgeable regarding several of the collections within the museum. lots of lessons were learned that morning, comfortable shoes, the benefit of audio guides, and that its probably a great idea to speak at least some french if you get lost…

Louvre Museum | Positively, LacyLouvre Museum | Positively, Lacy

Louvre Museum | Positively, Lacy
Lovre Museum | Positively, Lacy
Louvre Museum | Positively, LacyLouvre Museum | Positively, LacyLouvre Museum | Positively, LacyLouvre Museum | Positively, Lacy
Louvre Museum | Positively, Lacy

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!

Catacombs de Paris | Positively, Lacy

Catacombs de Paris | Positively, Lacy
Catacombs de Paris | Positively, Lacy
Catacombs de Paris | Positively, Lacy
Catacombs de Paris | Positively, Lacy

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.

eiffel tower | positively, lacy

eiffel tower | positively, lacy
eiffel tower | positively, lacy
eiffel tower | positively, lacy
eiffel tower | positively, lacy
eiffel tower | positively, lacy
eiffel tower | positively, lacy

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  • Julie Smith
    September 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Love this post! I felt like I was there πŸ™‚