We made it to Paris!
In less than 36 hours, we covered the basics, or rather, highlights of the City of Lights. We stayed in the Montmartre, the charming 18th arrondissement in the northern part of the city. Filled with adorable bakeries, lively cafes, and picturesque streets, the Montmartre was the perfect place to be based for Aaron’s first time in Paris.
Our first evening after arriving from our two nights in Ireland was spent enjoying French cuisine (Aaron even went for the escargot!) in our little neighborhood. Following dinner we went for gelato–which officially became a daily routine from this night on–and wandered over to the Sacre Coeur basilica to enjoy our dessert and sunset on the stairs.
We woke up the next day, took an early Metro down into the city center and walked around the class landmarks. We planned our Metro route (Aaron’s first subway ride ever, by the way) to let us off near the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs–Élysées. From there we walked to the garden by the Eiffel Tower, known as the Trocadéro, and then of course, along the Seine river, and down to the Louvre (before you ask, we did not go, the line was WAY to long, and made a promise to ourselves that we will make a day of it our next time in Paris).
After walking all day, our last planned activity of the day was an audio guided tour of the Paris Opera House, the “Palais Garnier“. In a word, phenomenal, but I’ll let the pictures prove it. This experience reminded me how much I appreciate when details are included in architecture to provide an ambiance that truly makes a mark on history. If you got to Paris, this is a must visit!
It was a quick trip, but a successful one! Aaron was excited to be romanced by the Parisienne lifestyle and elegance. I look forward to a longer visit in the hopefully not too distant future.
On our future Paris bucket list (please comment below with anything we should add to our future Paris itinerary):
- Bike ride around the Palace of Versailles
- Dinner cruise on the Seine
- Explore Fountain-bleu Castle just outside of the city
- A French cooking class (preferably macrons)
- A major shopping day in the Le Marais arrondissement
Au revior France!