This past weekend I had the amazing privilege to travel to Paris. While I was worried that I thought Paris was going to be overrated, I could not be more wrong. Everything was amazingly beautiful; even walking down regular streets I was struck by how unbelievable everything was. Saturday was a day spent doing a lot of walking and eating, doing an “unofficial” walking tour of the sights.
The day started looking at all of the locks from the famous Pont des Artes, or Love Lock Bridge. The locks had to be moved because they were putting too much weight on the bridge and causing damage, but you can still see all of the locks. The tradition is that lovers would go to the bridge, put a lock on the bridge, and then throw the key into the Seine, thus forever binding their love. Seeing all of these locks was incredibly moving and beautiful.
Next we walked along the Seine and stopped and saw Notre Dame Cathedral. Being able to get this close to the cathedral was incredibly and it really is as breathtaking up close as it is in all of the photos.
Next was lunch, we found the a small little cafe along our travels on the Seine. We had the most incredible Steak Frites and wine. Sitting in the cafe looking out on Paris was something that was indescribable, it was one of those moments that make you think, “am I actually here right now”?
After lunch, we saw the original Pont des Artes. While there are no longer any locks on the bridge, it is a beautiful place to stand and look at the incredible architecture that surrounds the bridge and looking at the Seine.
Crossing the street, we walking into the Louvre. I did not know how big the Louvre actually was, I had heard that it was gigantic, but it is almost overwhelming in its size and beauty.
After walking around the Louvre, we walked towards the Arc de Triomphe, but to get there we had to walk through a series of parks and along a street lined with shops. The gardens in Paris were incredible, there were a ton of places to sit around fountains and the beautiful greenery. We stopped and got the most amazing gelato, it was even better than it looked.
Finally making the Arc de Triomphe, I was honestly more focused on the traffic that was whizzing around the circle. While the Arc is magnificent and captivating, I found myself more concerned about the crazy driving and the lack of lines on the road.
As the sun began to set, we made out way to the Eiffel Tower. This had to be one of the highlights of the day, while we did not go to the top, we did see it at night-time while it sparkled and it was incredible.
Sunday was a lazy day spent walking around, meeting up with old friends, and traveling. While I am thrilled to be back in London, a piece of my heart will always be back in that incredible cafe in an even more incredible city.
De Paris avec amour,