I love Paris! Paris was the longest dream of my life. From a young girl, I dreamt of seeing the Eiffel Tower, eating a croissant on a sidewalk in the middle of Paris, walking in gardens and soaking up as much of the French as I could. On our trip to Europe last year, our second stop was in Paris, France. Our first night in Paris, we saw the Arc De Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysses. I thought we could leave at that moment and I would be happy. Thankfully we had four more days in the memorable city. We walked our way through the entire city and I left knowing I would return to the city of love. If I was to return to Paris with only one day to see the city again, there are the top 3 places I would visit:
- Eiffel Tower – The highlight of my trip was not only finally seeing the Eiffel Tower in person but walking 1,400 steps roundtrip up the metal stairs on the outer perimeter of the Eiffel Tower. Sure, you can wait in the long line, if it is not sold out, to take the elevator up to the top. I could not pass up the chance to walk the steps to the top of something I have wanted to see for most of my life. The Eiffel Tower is just as brilliant in person as it was in all of the pictures that hung in my apartment. At the first level of the Eiffel Tower there is a restaurant you can enjoy a meal with a view. The second level allows even better pictures to make all of your Instagram friends jealous. Climbing the stairs of the Eiffel Tower will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whether climbing or taking the elevator, this tourist spot is well worth it and a must-see!
- Luxembourg Gardens – Luxembourg was my favorite of all the gardens we visited in Paris. The garden are very extensive as there are hundreds of statues, monuments and fountains throughout. The fountains were filled with sailboats that children were sailing around the large water bowl. Coming from the US, I loved that the gardens were filled with people reading, eating and talking. It was such an enjoyable place to relax and refresh. The garden contains vivid flowers and well kept greenery that result in beautiful pictures. Although Paris is filled with multiple gardens, the Jardin du Luxembourg was hands down the best!
- Notre Dame Cathedral Paris – Ready for goosebumps the second you walk in? The well known church does not disappoint. The Romanesque exterior is just as beautiful as the stained glass windows inside and sculpture filled garden surrounding. While the line in the summer was a tad longer than preferred to get in, you will forget you are waiting in line as you take in the awe of the church’s architecture. When walking through the church, the colorful windows, high ceilings and historic information will captivate you. Pictures do not do justice to this 12th century landmark so make sure to check it out for yourself.
Now is the time, book that flight to Paris and enjoy an almond croissant for me in Paris!
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