Our First Day In Paris, France

It’s been several weeks since I talked about our honeymoon, so I think it’s time to get to the rest of the places we visited, and then talk about our cruise in general! So to jump back into things, our first day in Paris. The place I never expected to go, but now has a special place in my heart forever. Our first trip there was in 2013 and it’s a vacation that will permanently have a mark on my traveling heart. It opened my eyes to things I never expected and brought me such joy that I can never imagine giving up a chance to go back. So when we were planning our honeymoon, we knew we needed to end it with a few days visiting friends in Paris. Why not have a wonderful magical ending to the most perfect almost 3 week adventure? To make it even sweeter, 2 of our friends were meeting us there, and we were staying with our friends that live there!

We booked a very early flight from Venice to Paris and quite honestly we were just dying to get to Paris, especially after our not so wonderful time in Venice. Thankfully it was a quick flight and we began the public transportation journey into the city. There are several routes to get into the city and it’s very easy to understand connections and such. We got on the metro made 1 or 2 transfers and were on our way. Once we arrived, we were greeted by our friend that lives in Paris and our 2 other friends…and pain au chocolat from the bakery downstairs.

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the view from our friends apartment 

We chatted a bit and then decided to go see our other friend at work and have lunch at the Eiffel Tower. We wandered the streets, grabbed baguettes, wine and cheese then joined the masses hanging out on the fields surrounding the historic landmark. There was a festival of the world happening around the grounds, so we had options for a larger lunch if we wanted. It was really great to see all of the various ethnic foods around the walkways.

One of my favorite memories from our previous trip was people watching as people saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time, enjoyed seeing it as a part of their daily life, or the families that brought their kids here to get their energy out. It was such a different feeling than any park I had been to in America. It just felt so carefree and magical. Maybe that was the wine talking, but it’s true. So we joined those people as soon as we arrived, to soak in the magic. We had just sat down under a tree and then I was pooped on by a bird, that’s a sign of good luck, right? Good thing I was in one of my favorite places with wonderful people and it didn’t even phase me (after I was cleaned up a bit) a perfect Parisian afternoon.

Day in Paris

After taking about 150 photos, we decided to walk around some more before we headed to our next destination. I think we might have been a little lost, but crepes made that easier to manage. Eventually we made our way to Notre Dame. We didn’t have the chance to go inside last time, so we waited in the long (but quickly moving) line and explored the inside. It was beautiful! There were so many different areas and lovely things to look at. We thought about climbing to the top, but then heard how many steps it was and decided to take a photo at the entrance instead.

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Once we finished, we headed back to the apartment to get dinner with everyone. The perfect outdoor meal with good wine, great friends and delicious meals. After dinner, we walked around for a few miles. The streets in the evening were charming, just as they are during the day but even better lit up by cafe lights. Our friends live right by Place de la Republique, which has become a monument of sorts to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. It was very surreal seeing this area again, it looked incredible different from when we were there 2 years ago. Being there late at night made it even more interesting.

I’m so thankful for every moment we have in Paris, and I can’t wait to share more! If there is ever another opportunity to spend even one day in Paris, I am there!

Day in Paris

Day in Paris

Day in Paris

Day in Paris

Day in Paris

Day in Paris

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Have you ever been to Paris?

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    It gives me chills looking at the pictures…seriously so beautiful! I want to go so bad! My friend works in NYC for a fashion designer and goes to Paris about 3-4 times a year. She said she still feels the magic each time she drives by the Eiffel Tower. Thanks for sharing, I love this!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You would absolutely love it!! That is amazing. It’s so true that no matter how many times you can see the sights, it is magical every single time. I can’t wait to share more!

  • Megan

    I love Paris. SO FREAKING MUCH. How amazing is it that your friends live there and you were able to stay with them?! The Eiffel Tower is amazing. We rounded the corner in a bus and when I caught a glimpse of the tower tears started streaming down my face, it’s so magical. Notre Dame was amazing- we did the climb and it was totally worth it but exhausting. Love love love this post and you can tell how much you love this city in your photos. ps. you and dave can both do handstands? #relationshipgoals

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Me too! I wish it was easier to get there- even for long weekend. It’s just amazing. I am so thankful to be able to stay with my friends, although I do miss them being in Baltimore so much. Everything about this city is just breathtaking and magical. I loved Notre Dame SO much! Next time we will make sure to climb the steps. I could, but then I tried to do a handstand in front of the Space Needle and couldn’t last longer than a few second :( I need more yoga in my life!

  • http://www.rowhouse14.com Heidi

    It’s been a while since I’ve been in Paris, but now I want to go back! My mom was born and grew up in Belgium, so she and my dad have made it a priority to go to Europe 2-3 times a year, and often go to Paris. That’s my eventual goal too, but for now I just live vicariously through their travels and through other people’s travel as well…hahaha.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is amazing! It so smart to make it a priority and actually go. If you are able to make that happen, I can not wait to follow along!

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    I have never been, but I can only imagine how breathtaking it was in real-life.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Oh my goodness it makes my heart happy just thinking about it!

      • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

        Oh I totally understand. I think about our honeymoon all the time and it just makes me the happiest person!

  • http://kathleennorris.blogspot.com Kathleen Norris

    Oh this reminds me of my trip to Paris last summer! Now all I want is a nutella crepe in front of the Eiffel Tower! :) Can’t wait to read about more of your trip! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Oh me too!! I had way too many crepes, they were just so delicious

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Only you and Dave would do handstands in front of the Eiffel Tower (cutest couple ever!)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Haha thanks 😉 I tried doing one in front of the Space Needle and it didn’t work out as well.

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Oh my gosh the handstand photo – love it! I spent a summer studying in Paris during college, and I want to bring Mike back so badly!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I need to get back to yoga so I can hold them again. It’s so much fun going with your husband- the magic is just undeniable

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    So I decided that I need to go to Paris RIGHT NOW. It’s somewhere I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go, and when I met Brandon, he always talked about going to Paris together. It’s somewhere we have always dreamed of going! However, I would say that my biggest takeaway from this post is that I’m so jealous you can do a handstand.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You do!! You and Brandon would absolutely love it! If you go- we will go with you 😉 But seriously, you should try as hard as you can to make it there. I really need to start doing yoga again so I can hold my handstands longer.

  • http://seasaltsecrets.com Shane Prather

    I can’t wait to go to Paris and around Europe next month!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I can’t wait to follow along!! I would LOVE to go in the Spring.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    It sounds like y’all had the best time catching up with friends and exploring Paris! It must be so surreal to visit the Eiffel Tower and see the tourists in awe and the Parisians that just view it as part of their everyday life.

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