Standing at 300m tall, the Eiffel Tower was just as impressive as I had hoped. Jules, Charlie, and I spent several hours here. We climbed up the stairs to the 2nd floor, and then took a lift to the very top, where we had an amazing view of the city below. The tower sits on the Champ de Mars green area. We were lucky to have arrived at a time with good weather, as it had been raining/cloudy off-and-on over the weekend.
At the top!
View from the top
View of Champ de Mars from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame de Paris
This medieval cathedral was beautiful, both inside and outside!
I knew that The Louvre was one of the largest museums in the world, but I was still surprised at just how big it really was. We spent several hours here and still didn't see even half of it. The museum is inside of the Louvre Palace and has been open since 1793. It hosts art from all over the world. I think my favorite is the Italian and Greek art, but it was really interesting to see pieces from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and other parts of the world as well. We got lost wandering around, but eventually did find the Mona Lisa...I still can't believe I saw the real thing!! :) Outside of the Louvre Palace are some beautiful gardens where we ate lunch.
The Mona Lisa!!!
Eating THE BEST pistachio macaron outside of the Louvre :)
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe stands 50m tall at the end of Champs-Élysées. The monument honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War, with the names of the French victories and generals inscribed on the walls. Beneath the arc is the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" from World War I, where we watched a brief ceremony occur.
This is a famous and beautiful avenue lined with trees, and it holds many high end stores and cafes. We walked the 1.2 miles down the avenue until we reached The Arc de Triomphe.
The 483 mile long river winding throughout Paris.
I think that my diet during the course of my four days in Paris consisted almost entirely of baguettes, no joke.... However, I did try a few other things, including escargot for the first time! I was surprised, but I actually think snails taste really good when cooked properly, and I would eat them again if given the opportunity :) I also indulged on the most delicious macarons ever (the pistachio ones are my favorite), champagne, croissants, other pastries, wine, bread, and cheese. And Charlie taught me to make real French crepes, which we had for dinner one night!
Escargot! yummm :)
Strawberry, "Marie Antoinette," Vanilla, Rose Petal, Pistachio
Paris was filled with bakeries... where we got baguettes for breakfast (and often lunch/dinner) daily.
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