After spending a couple days in Venice, Erica and I took a night train North to Paris! We thought that we would save money by combining a pricey train ticket and a night of lodging. GREAT idea in theory… if you don’t have two stinky kids under the age of two in your little room. So we had 8 people in the room for 6. These kids didn’t go to sleep until 3am, the lady on the top bunk kept chatting on her cellphone, and the kids woke up every hour when the train stopped. Yes we saved money, but we were ZOMBIES when we finally got to Paris.
The hostel we stayed at was SO wonderful! They had all sorts of helpful info, a KITCHEN, cool people, and free wifi! We loved it!
I regularly ate cheese, some sort of meat, and bread dipped in wine. Looks weird but is SO yummy, and I still do it here in the US if I’m feeling nostalgic!
Basically our first day in paris was spent eating, exploring the neighborhood, and getting to sleep early. The next day of course we beelined it to the Eiffel Tour (and took perfectly touristy pictures the whole way)!
After getting our Eiffel fix (and eating far too many crepes), we spent the next few days hitting up more touristy attractions, enjoying the beautiful French culture, and having a hard time remembering to say Bonjour instead of Bonjourno! #BackpackingProbs
One of my HUGE priorities? The Lourve. I think we spent well over half of the day and we didn’t even see everything. My I left content because I got the stand in the presence of some of the greatest works of art that I had spent months reading out in textbooks. Happy happy day!
After spending a billion hours inside the museum, we headed to the river to find the two lock bridges and the Notre Dame Cathedral!
The Pont de l’Archeveche is supposedly the “love lock bridge” for “non-married” love, and the Pont des Arts by the Louvre is for married love. Since David and I aren’t married, I opted to put our lock on the Pont de l’Archeveche (and secretly I loved this bridge way more anyways)! The Pont des Arts has only locks, whereas the Pont de l’Archeveche has EVERYTHING on it from bike locks to handkerchiefs to animal shaped locks. Walking down this bridge and reading the lock inscriptions was both beautiful and heartbreaking, I’m so happy to have put a little piece of my love on the bridge.
On our last day in Pairs we spent at my summer house… also known as the Palace of Versailles. Holy freaking gold.
Sidenote, check those legs. Ow ow!
After we got back from Versailles, we had dinner (ate snails), grabbed a bottle of CHEAP champagne, and spent the evening journalling on the lawn of the Eiffel tower. *sighs nostalgically*
For the record, escargot is DELICIOUS and is basically the texture of oysters but tastes like yummy pesto!
Paris was simply stunning, and I wish I could go back and explore more of France! In particular southern France :)
Up next, Bremen, Germany where I spent a month studying!