Paris Part I

It has taken me forever to get around to posting about my trip to Paris and Ireland. Sorting through 600+ photos is quite the job! I have found that I am not the best at choosing travel buddies… The three girls I was planning on traveling with to Paris all ended up bailing  AFTER I had purchased my ticket. So, I took on Paris alone. I was really disappointed to be traveling alone again, but I ended up having a great time (how can you not in Paris, right?!). I spent three nights in Paris. On my first night, I dropped off my bag at my hostel and went off exploring. I stayed in République and it worked out great! I wanted to see the Seine before sunset, so I started off through the streets of Paris towards my destination. I had an idea of which direction to go in order to reach the river, but ended up getting completely lost (I miss that Minneapolis grid system!). I was wandering through side streets when suddenly, I stumbled into the courtyard of the Louvre. I had one of those Parisian moments everyone dreams of. The last rays of sun were falling on the museum and reflecting off of the Louvre Pyramid.  I turned around, and sure enough, there was the top of the Eiffel Tower, peaking over the full trees. It could not have been more magical. I stood there for a few minutes in absolute aw. After taking in everything around me, I continued to Notre Dame along the Seine- stopping for a Nutella crêpe along the way. 🙂 Paris OperaParis OperaParis OperaDSC_0339^^^ My first stop of the day Tuesday morning was Palais Garnier. Once again, I got so lost trying to get there… The inside of the Opera house was breathtaking. I wanted to rewind the clock one hundred years and throw on a ball gown. ^^^ DSC_0376Galeries de LafayetteEiffel TowerParisian rooftops ^^^ The views from the top of Galeries Lafayette were absolutely amazing! I was able to spot the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and get a great view of the Opera house. ^^^ Paris Paris Moulin Rouge^^^ I decided to walk to Montmartre instead of taking the Metro. Above are a few of the sites alone the way. ^^^ DSC_0390 DSC_0399 Sacré Cœur ^^^ The hike up the hill to Montmartre was no joke. The buildings in Montmartre are picture perfect (and there was no lack of picture-taking). There were groups of people posing in front of random bars and cafes that, I am assuming, great artists like Dalí and Picasso used to hang at. ^^^ DSC_0423 Paris ^^^ My favorite way to get to know a city is by walking it (I definitely picked that up from my parents). So, I covered some more ground and walked to the Arc de Triomphe from Montmartre.  That walk made it very clear that Paris is A LOT bigger than Madrid. I stumbled upon Monceau Park and decided to rest my legs for a bit. I grabbed a Nutella banana crêpe and found a seat in the grass. The park was full of locals enjoying the gorgeous spring afternoon. Before I knew it, I was laying in the grass (with my valuables under me of course) and drifting into the most peaceful sleep. I laugh at myself every time I think about this. I didn’t think anything of my little snooze at the time, but in hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best idea while traveling alone in a foreign city. But, hey, I survived! ^^^

Read more about my trip to Paris here and here.

3 thoughts on “Paris Part I

  1. Carrie Radue says:

    Dani, I am SO proud of you doing this on your own YOU can do anything!! What a beautiful place to be and experience! Nutella will never be the same again!! Keep those pictures coming sweetie! Stay safe!! Love ya so much!!!😘😘😘💓💓💓

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