Paris, France- European Adventure 2015

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Hey guys! I just returned from my vacation in Europe and it was AMAZING. The view was great, the food was great and did I mention the view was great? In 17 days, I was able to visit 9 countries and 19 cities. I’ll be blogging about all the places I visited, just in case you guys are ever interested in visiting any of the cities. They were all unique and beautiful, so I definitely recommend paying a visit to any, if you can! Blog posts will be by country, so there won’t be 17 blog posts for you guys to sift through haha.

Despite the fact that Paris was my last stop, it’s the first city I’m going to be blogging about because it was my absolute favourite. This is my second time visiting Paris and everything I saw still took my breath away. The last time I visited this city was 2010 and I already visited most of the tourist attractions, such as the Louvre Museum and Versailles. This time, I was determined to just strictly relax and wander around Paris. I wanted to truly understand how the Parisian lifestyle felt like.

During my first day in Paris, I walked from my hotel to the Arc de Triomphe and then walked on Champs-Elysees, one of Paris’s most renowned streets. It’s famous for its theatres, its small cafes and its high-end stores. While I was there, I bought macarons from La Duree, a store famous for its macarons. They’re a bit pricey, but EXTREMELY good. You won’t find better macarons anywhere else. Paris is also famous for its eclairs, which I HIGHLY recommend. It’s a piece of soft bread with cream filling inside, along with some icing and other toppings on the top. I purchased mine from the store, “L’eclair de Genie.”

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DSC_0643.JPG DSC_0728DSC_0732 I continued to walk to the Place de Concordes and stopped at the Louvre Museum to take some pictures, before continuing to walk to the Notre Dame. Since I didn’t go to the top of the cathedral last time I was in Paris, I really wanted to do it this time. I had to wait in line for 45 minutes before being allowed to go in and buy a ticket. From the bottom of the cathedral, it’s about 400 steps to the top. If you’re claustrophobic, this adventure is NOT for you because as you get closer and closer to the top, the staircases get narrower and narrower. However, once you reach the top, the view is certainly a reward. It’s a view different from the top of the Eiffel Tower because you can actually SEE the Eiffel Tower.

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Following that, I took a river cruise along the river Seine, which is the river that runs through  Paris. If it’s youre 1st time or your 10th time going to Paris, this is something you must check off on your list. You get to see most of Paris’ most famous tourist attractions while enjoying the wind in your hair. Very romantic and VERY relaxing. You can get some really great pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the boat too!

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On my 2nd day in Paris, I did A LOT more walking. I stayed at “Le Grand Hotel”, which is about a 2-minute walk to La Fayette, one of the biggest shopping malls in Paris, if not the biggest. You can go up to the terrace on the 7th floor for another view of Paris from above. The only downside is that it’s not very high compared to the other buildings you can climb so the view isn’t as great. After visiting La Fayette, I walked to “Le Marais.” I’ve had my eye set on this neighbourhood for a long time, mostly because its streets are the epitome of a typical Parisian street. Cobblestone paths. Little cafes. Cute little parks situated here and there. It’s great for a stroll and for getting a bite to eat while people-watching. There are also some really great malls and museums located in the neighbourhood. I visited the Picasso Museum and the old house of Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables. Next, I walked across the river and found myself in the Luxembourg Gardens, a place perfect for a picnic or to rest your feet. Spend an hour or an entire afternoon there, it’s up to you. I continued to walk to the Pantheon and the University of Paris, where I snapped some pics, before heading to the Montparnasse tower. People say it’s probably the BEST view of Paris you’re ever going to see because you won’t have to see its ugly building haha. It’s also great for nighttime shots of Paris since the building closes at 11:30 pm. The fee is 15 Euros per adult and they’ll take you to the 56th floor. It takes 38 seconds to get to the top in their elevator. From there, you can walk up the last 3 floors to get to their panoramic viewing platform. The best time to go is right before sunset and stay until nighttime. There is no time limit as to how long you can stay up there!

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Hopefully you guys can visit Paris someday, if you haven’t already! For those who have, what do you love most about the city?

Keep an eye out for my next European Adventure post!

~Julia

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