C’est La Vie!

Finally starting to recover from vacation withdrawals and that means it’s time to relive the adventure through pictures! 🙂

I spent 8 days in the City of Light with my good friend Casey, to celebrate her 30th birthday and grad school completion. We had our own apartment in the 15 arrondissement and really submerged ourselves into the Parisian lifestyle. We visited the must see attractions of course but one of the best parts of being in the city was simply just being there. Some of my favorite memories will be strolling the Île Saint-Louis hunting for the perfect ice cream cone, the cheese and baguette picnic (ok, that happened twice) and traversing the city on the underground Metro. And did I mention the sea salt & caramel macaroon at Ladurée?

Round About

Under the EiffelMoody weather on our first day in Paris!

Paris PlagesSummertime means sand and umbrellas lining the Seine, also known as Paris Plages.

Eiffel View

Le MaraisWalking the streets of Marais

Fountain

Place des VosagesPlace des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris, dating back to 1604. Built by King Henri IV, it was originally known as Place Royale.

SingerStreet performer at Place des Vosges.

Ivy

Red CafeTypical Parisian cafe, which are situated on almost every street corner.

MetroCasey and I mastered the metro system during our visit. We were able to see so much of the city this way!

Framed Notre DameNotre Dame Cathedral, which we ended up visiting twice. The first time, the line was too long so we made a plan to return the following morning. Worked like a charm and we had the place (almost) to ourselves!

Line with UmbrellasThe queue to climb the towers of Notre Dame, which we opted not to do.

Notre Dame Details

Inside Notre DameBeautiful interior of Notre Dame

Lock BridgeAlmost all bridges in Paris have “love locks,” which are adding so much weight that they are actually causing damage!

locks

Selfie

Notre DameNotre Dame from the other side of the river.

Nap timeA life of leisure 🙂

Sacré CœurThe Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (or Sacré Cœur) is located on the Butte Montmatre, the highest point in the city. Also quite crowded!

MontmatreMontmatre below. If you are a fan of the movie Amélie, as we are, this was her neighborhood!

Tourists

Steps

LouvreI didn’t realize before visiting that the Louvre was actually a palace. Its origins date back to the medieval period, and its present structure has evolved in stages since the 16th century. It was the actual seat of power in France until Louis XIV moved to Versailles in 1682.

Cafe

vespa

Lunch SpotThis was the start of our day at Versailles and the bench where we ate our lunch. After an unfortunate mixup with train, we arrived a bit later than expected and the line to enter the palace was insane. We decided to tour the gardens & Trianon first and then the palace. (Which ended up being too crowded in the afternoon also, so we made a plan to return the next morning. Seeing a pattern here? Haha)

Me at TrianonCasey snapped this photo of me touring the Grand Trianon. This estate was established in 1670 as a retreat for the King and his mistress but was utilized for two centuries after by other royals.

Trianon

jardin

No line at Versailles2nd trip back to Versailles, arriving 45 minutes prior to opening and no line!

Palace Details

StatuesI can just imagine these halls filled with courtiers!

Hall of MirrorsWe actually rushed through most of the interior to make it to the King & Queen’s apartments early. I really wanted to see this stunning sight without any other visitors.

Windows

Hall of Mirrors CeilingBeautiful ceiling artwork

Marie Antoinette ChamberMarie Antoinette’s chamber and the famous hidden door in which she escaped. (But not for long as she was later captured and beheaded) Another fun fact is that nineteen “Children of France” were born here.

palace

versailles line2 hours later, the line had grown substantially

inside louvreLate night at the Louvre

mona lisaThis picture is more comedic, I was stuck in a swarm of people trying to snap pictures of the Mona Lisa. I didn’t get any closer and this father/son duo was hilarious.

sunset view

napoleon dining roomVisiting Napoleon III Apartments at the Louvre, this was the dining area.

louvre pyramid

Jardin des TuileriesJardin des Tuileries at sunset

arcArc de Triomphe

Champs-ÉlyséesView of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées from the top

selfieMy last day in Paris

arc viewClassic view

Eiffel Tower Light ShowFini!

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