This is Part 1 of MANY because I am less than a week into my trip and it has already been amazing!
My big trip through Europe started with 2 days in Paris. This was great for many reasons, but one being that it was only an 8 hour direct flight to Paris from Minneapolis! We stayed at the Hotel Beaugency, which was very nice and I would definitely recommend it.
Unfortunately, our 2 days in Paris were quite dreary and rainy but nevertheless it was a good taste of the fabulous city I’ve heard so much about!
Of course we went to see the Eiffel Tower even though it was not a very picturesque day for it. Still amazing to see this beautiful structure.
I also wanted to see the love lock bridge, Pont des Arts, but there were no more locks! I thought I had read something about the locks being removed because it was too heavy and they were worried the bridge would collapse.
So we walked over to the Notre Dame Cathedral and found some love locks on the fence around it!
We went inside the Cathedral and walked around.
Our second day in Paris we caught a hop on, hop off bus and took it to the Avenue des Champs Elysees where we walked to the Arc de Triomphe.
Traffic around there was a nightmare with the turnabout and no lanes! Luckily we weren’t driving anywhere!
Afterwards we took a bike taxi down the Champs Elysees to ride on the large ferris wheel.
Each passenger car had these fun faces on them so we took some fun photos.
After the ferris wheel, we went to the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa. I had heard before that it is a little disappointing because it’s small and the crowd is always large in front of it. Knowing this, I wasn’t disappointed but the expectations were low. It was still cool to see.
Then we walked to the Jardin du Luxembourg where we rested our feet a bit, saw old men playing chess outside (very French), and walked around but weren’t too impressed with the gardens. We were pretty tired by this point and I am not sure if we saw the full gardens.
During our 2 days in Paris we also went into a McDonalds (but did NOT eat there!) and saw this awesome way of ordering – using a smart board to place your order. I love this idea! I imagine it’s so everyone can order in their own language, but I think these should be adopted everywhere.
And, finally, when in Paris you have to eat macarons! I had never had a macaron before, so I had nothing to compare it to but the chocolate one was my favorite!
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