I had the most incredible weekend in Paris, France. We left Saturday morning at 3:45am (ughh) and took a train to King's Cross in London, where we caught the Eurostar to Paris. We arrived to have brunch around 10:30am - I of course had a chocolate banana crepe to get into the spirit of things. We went to the hotel to freshen up and ditch our luggage, then it was off in smaller groups to explore. My group went to the Monmarte District and the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. I bought my incredibly tourist-y "I 'heart' Paris" shirt of course.
Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc De Triomphe
From Sacre-Coeur, we headed to the Notre Dame to meet with the other groups and walk through the famous cathedral. We grabbed some over-priced baguettes nearby then headed to the park behind the Notre Dame to have a wine and baguette picnic, which was fun. After a few glasses of wine, we began a leisurely 4 mile, hour+ long walk along the River Seine to the Eiffel Tower. It grew darker as we walked, and by the time we saw the tower it was glowing blue and sparkling for the hourly lightshow.
The Eiffel Tower lit at night
The evening ended late - 1am, as we attempted to get off the tower through masses of summer tourists. Sunday morning we headed to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the other great works of art held there. We enjoyed about 3.5 hours of wandering around the Louvre - I spent most of my time in the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan sculture rooms. After our museum walk, we grabbed more baguette sandwiches and headed across the street to Tuileries Gardens where we had a picnic and napped in the sunshine on the lawns.
On the hour they do a 10 minute light show
After lunch and a nap, we again split into groups. Mine headed up the Camps-Elysees to shop and head to the Arc de Triomphe, which after sitting under to people-watch, we climbed the seemingly never-ending spiral staircase to the top to get breathtaking 360* views of Paris in the daylight to compliment our nighttime Eiffel view. We headed back to the hotel to freshen up before going back out -this time to the Latin Quarter, where we had a French dinner at Chez Clement. After a leisurely dinner, we headed up to a Piano Bar where we sipped wine and listened to the French and English songs played/sung. We called it a night after midnight and were up bright and early again this morning to catch trains back to Cambridge - which feels like home now, I have mixed feelings to think about the fact I go home in less than a week....
The Venus de Milo