As I mentioned before, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Paris. Our time in Paris was very short, but we still managed to see almost everything we’d hoped. My biggest regret is somehow The Sacre Coure didn’t end up on any of our must see lists, and it wasn’t until we returned to the States that we realized this. Just another reason to go back to Paris someday.
On our game plan was seeing the Mona Lisa at The Louvre.
After doing some research (and using common sense), we knew that there would be mass crowds, so we purchased our tickets ahead of time, in an attempt to skip some lines. This proved beneficial, and we fast passed huge lines to enter the museum. Once we entered, we searched for signs pointing towards The Mona Lisa, and beelined for Mona. We were like Clydesdales with blinders put up… no other art, no matter how beautiful would distract us from our goal: FIND MONA. I’d heard that the Mona Lisa was smaller than people might think, but actually seeing it in person, it’s really, really small. Our beeline was worth it though, because in the end, the room was far less crowded than it could have been.
After making our way through the Museum, we ate lunch at the rooftop cafe at The Louvre. We were graced with this beautiful view as we ate lunch.
We also wandered up and down the Champs-Élysées, stopping and shopping along the way. Some favorite destinations were The Disney Store (we went to a Disney store in almost every city we visited), Laduree (seriously, their Macarons are amazing!), and Abercrombie and Fitch (but that will get it’s own post).
One of the signature trademarks of the Champs-Élysées is the iconic Arc de Triomphe . We may have stopped in the middle of a massively busy street when we got our first glimpse of the Arc. Can you tell it’s in the picture? Just barely. Was it worth the honking and people thinking we were crazy tourists? Definitely.
Here’s a better, closer shot. Though somehow we didn’t manage to get a closer shot of us with the Arc in the background.