Happy New Year from Paris!
I cannot believe it's 2020, seriously crazy! It's like we're living in the future! My husband (who took the above photo because I was too short to get a good one) and I rang in the new year from Paris. Paris in the 20's? Yes please!
What a way to start the year! Paris is truly an enchanting city. It's been over 10 years since I was last here, and the magic is still real. In fact, I definitely appreciated it even more than when I was here as a teenager.
We arrived after dark and had a beautiful night stroll around the neighborhood, to the Louvre and back.
The next morning we woke up early and headed over to the Eiffel Tower to beat the crowds.
It is amazing to see, but I won't bore you with endless photos of it. Like most things, a photo won't do it justice. After the tower, we headed to Montmartre, a beautiful, hilly part of the city.
After taking in the view from the top of Montmartre, we headed back down to find fresh crepes and macaroons! There was a lot of cheese as well!
I really enjoyed just walking through the streets. I love the European architecture, colors, textures and ancient cobblestone.
For dinner I ordered sausage and it was not quite what I expected. Now, I'm not the most adventurous eater, but I did give this a try. After a kind Frenchman saw me struggling to bite through the chewy sausage, he showed me the correct way to eat it and we all had a good laugh. My husband ended up eating most of it for me, but I was proud that I tried it!
After we ate, we strolled along the river back towards our hotel.
After dark we popped into a beautiful church not far from where we were staying.
We headed to our hotel for some rest before going back out for fireworks at The Arch of Triumph!
Two nights and one day in the city of love and so much to see!
If you are considering a trip to Paris, I recommend staying at least as long as we did, 2 nights and one full day. We were able to see most of the main tourist sights in one day, however we didn't actually go into The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre or any other attractions. I did spend a couple hours in the Louvre when I was first in Paris as a teenager, but I definitely hope to return some day to devote an entire day to it. Paris is a very walkable city, we walked from sight to sight fairly easily. We did have to walk pretty quickly to try and fit all of our tourism into one day, so if you don't want to be rushing around too much, book at least 2 full days.
Things to keep in mind, there are a lot of smokers in Paris. If smoking bothers you, make sure you book a non smoking hotel room, and avoid sitting outside at restaurants, that's where all the smokers will be. Another thing to remember is that the pace of life is slower and more relaxed than it is here, at least where I am on the east coast. Allow yourself a little more time than you normally would when eating out. We waited about 40 minutes for the check to come, and this is completely normal. Luckily we weren't in a rush!
My soul belongs in Europe. Hopefully next time I'm in Paris it can be for a little longer!
So far this year is going pretty well, I've completed 1/6 of my only new year's resolution already! Do you have any resolutions this year?
2020 is going to be a fantastic year. I'm speaking it into existence right now. Happy new year everyone!