Ever since I was a little girl it has been my dream to visit the famous City of Lights and this is the story of how I finally got my April in Paris all made possible because of my extraordinary grandmother.
After our six hour flight from Toronto we arrived at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at around 9:30 in the morning. We were greeted by our driver which we organized beforehand and save us the hassle of having to find a taxi once we arrived.
The hotel we chose to stay at was Hotel D’Orsay which made a huge impact on our trip due to how close it was to everything we wanted to see. The hotel is just one street off of the Seine and a street over from the Museum D’Orsay so we only had to walk about 20 minutes in each direction to reach everything we were looking for. The staff here were extremely helpful and friendly, offering to make us tea or reservations for meals after coming back from a long day walking around the city. This hotel was recommended to us by friends and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking to do the similar sightseeing we did due to its location, beautiful rooms and amazing staff.
After checking into our hotel we headed off for the day with our trusty google maps up and ready to go. We started by walked along the Seine until we found a little cafe to stop for lunch where we ordered a delicious meal of sandwiches with the most delicious and fresh ingredients I’ve ever tasted. Our five dollar lattes also saved us from being too exhausted from the jet leg.
We then continued along the Seine past the many street vendors selling various paintings of Paris as well as other souvenirs and trinkets. After crossing one of the many bridges over the river we found our way to the Louvre to walk around outside and enjoy the views and excellent photo opportunities that the Pyramide du Louvre provided. As we continued past le Place du Carrousel, which resembles a smaller version of the Arc de Triumph, we walked along the river and through the beautiful gardens to the Champs-Élysées. The area was not too busy for early spring, which helped when trying to navigate our way around as well as take some beautiful photos along the way.
Thinking of the popular saying “It’s all about the journey, not the destination” this is surely true for traveling through the City of Lights. No matter where we walked I was amazed by the different styles of architecture and nature within this historic city. From popular Gothic styles seen in many of the churches to the elaborate renaissance and classic designs noted in wings of the Louvre, the details and impressive craftsmanship displayed throughout the city is astounding. As we walked to the Champs-Élysées we passed some of the various gardens displayed throughout the city which contrasted all the man-made buildings and landmarks. Around every corner there is something new and hidden to explore whether it be the quaint Carrousels in the parks or the detailed statues outside different shops or museums.
After shopping along the Champs-Élysées and L’Arc de Triomphe we walked along Avenue Victor Hugo in search of the Victor Hugo Museum that apparently does not exist before giving up and getting some refreshing ice cream. We then crossed through Jardins du Trocadéro where we stopped to get beautiful views of the Tour Eiffel. I’d recommend coming here to take most of your Tour Eiffel pictures since up close there is a wall around the base of the tower that you can only enter through security and only allows you to walk under the tower. At this point the combination of lack of sleep and walking all day had caught up with us so we headed back along the seine to our hotel and crashed into bed.
Stayed tuned for the rest of our action packed Paris trip coming soon!