Paris

So the first night started out really rocky, arriving at my Airbnb at midnight to find out that she sold the place! But after that my trip was smooth.

Day 1

My first stop was Saint Denis Basilica. It is a lesser known church, but it was were all the famous royals were buried, from Clovis to Marie Antoinette.

They had a really interesting exhibition in the crypt of contemporary photos of nuns.

Then to Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Then the Arc de Triomphe

Many flights up, but the views were worth it!
Did you really go to Paris, if you didn't take a picture of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower on the Arc De Triomphe?

Last stop of the day, the Eiffel Tower! I walked from the Arc de Triomphe and arrived right at sunset, so I saw the lights to turn-on.

Day 2

First stop, Notre Dame!

Then, King Louis IX's personal chapel, Saint Chapelle.

Often called, the Jewel of Paris.

Thankfully, I heard English while I was there so I asked them to take my picture!

Then I went to famous Cafe Angelina. I had thick African hot chocolate. I also spoiled myself and had beef fillet with the most wonderful gravy and rose mashed potatoes.

Afterwards, I fulfilled a life long dream of going to the Louvre Museum!

Their ancient Near-Eastern and Islamic art was amazing!
I took a picture of the Mona Lisa so you wouldn't have to.
Napoleon's Parlor was also well worth the visit in the Louvre.
Yes, you read that right. I took over 20,000 steps in the Louvre alone.

Day 3

I spent most of day 3 at Versailles. Versailles is lovely, but is much better in April - October when the gardens are in full bloom and the fountains are on. The wait for the palace is very long and most of the stuff was taken after the revolution. But well worth a visit.

I first went to see Marie Antoinette's little "Peasant Village", after seeing that I totally understood why actual peasants would be mad!
I then went for a tour around the gardens.
Views of the palace, including the famous (and crowded and dirty) hall of mirrors!

While I was trying to travel back to Paris, I saw a girl wearing Sperries and I knew she must be American! Lo and behold, when I asked for directions she spoke English. So we hung out for the rest of the day, visiting the Eiffel Tower, Pont de Alexandre II and then we had dinner together.

Afterwards, Vysh and I shared a lovely dinner together.

You have no idea how happy I was to have rare beef again!

Day 4!

My last day in Paris! My flight was at 7 and the non-EU passport line takes forever so I did not have a chance to do much besides, one last view of the Eiffel Tower and a trip to the Musée de l'Orangerie.

They have huge beautiful Monets here!

Long story short, my time in Paris was lovely. If you go buy the Paris Museum pass! It is only 62 USD for four days and I visited everything here for free! I saved hundreds of dollars considering the Louvre and Versaille cost a lot! (And you can cut the line at the Louvre as well!) While it may be more crowded, go to Paris during the late Spring and Summer, the gardens are worth it.

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