Day 1 Sacre coeur
After seeing Paris up and close, I know what my answer would be if someone ever asks me about that one place they should travel to if they have never been here before. Paris is beautiful, it has the most gorgeous old buildings and the prettiest cafes serving delicious pastries and coffee. I had never anticipated how I would feel about this city but I certainly fell in love with it. The 3 days that we spent in the city were perfect for us to get to know it better and memorable, given that Shivam and I celebrated Karwa chauth and our fourth wedding anniversary here. 🙂
I say 3 days were enough because I had pre-planned our itinerary and listed down the must do things with the time it might consume. So this made it easier for us to see a lot of places without any rush. My only regret is wasting almost 3 hours in a vintage sale that turned out to be very disappointing as I did not buy anything from there. But even then we could cover all the famous sights and attractions in the planned time frame which I am very happy about.
We visited Eiffel tower both during the day and night time as it looks totally different but equally lovely at these hours. The Sacre coeur and Cathedral Notre Dame have to be the most beautiful churches I have seen till date. Most of the attractions are at a walkable distance to each other so grouping them together for a day and exploring the area by foot is advisable. This gives you a good idea of the way locals live and you save a lot of time running between different locations.
We stayed in Montmartre and made sure our hotel was at a walkable distance to nearest metro station. Some of the places in Paris can be shady for tourists so be sure of the location before booking your stay. The area was filled with cute cafes, restaurants, shops and boulangeries all at a walking distance.
On our first day I decided to see this vintage designer sale in Montparnasse where I literally wasted 3 hours but it was kinda fun to see the shopping scene in Paris and how is that the french girls get to sport designer wear so easily. Since we were staying in Montmartre we decided to walk around its old streets and visited Sacre coeur later in the evening. We also walked upto the famous Moulin rouge and clicked a few pictures from the outside but you can miss out on this one if running low on time.
On our second day we covered the Palais Royale, walked through the gardens and visited the Lourve museum. Now we did not go inside the museum as we knew it takes about half a day to cover just one-fourth of it plus we both were not too interested so decided to give it a miss. From there we walked to the Arc de Triomphe in the evening and the fun part has to be when I did the Karwa chauth katha in a parisian cafe. This one can be marked as the most casual karwa chauth fast anybody would have done haha! By the time we reached Arc de Triomphe, it was almost dark and Eiffel tower lights were lit and that’s what we were there for.
On our last day which was also our anniversary day, we packed some pastries and breakfast snacks from a local bakery and had a little picnic of our own in front of Eiffel tower, an experience I would never forget! Notre dame cathedral and River Seine was the last leg of our trip before we left for home later in the evening.
We might have clicked a million pictures on this trip because trust me Paris is a photographer’s paradise, but there is only a limit that I can share on the blog so here we are. I hope you liked this long photo story from Paris and I will be back with new posts soon!