Bonjour mes amis! Ready for part 2 of my Parisian adventure? Allons-y!
Our third day in Paris was our last full day in the city, so we went into full-on #TouristMode. Alex and I were on a mission to hit all the of major landmarks, and we started with the Louvre Museum. I’d been to the Louvre before, but it when I was much younger, so I’d completely forgotten how massive the museum is.
We arrived early enough that there was barely a wait, and once we got inside we made a beeline to the main attraction – the Mona Lisa! There was a small crowd surrounding the iconic painting, but after politely shoving my way to the front, I managed to get a pretty decent photo of Mona and I. Hey, Don’t judge me! The last time I was at the Louvre all I had was a disposable camera; I needed an upgraded shot!
Side note: It’s actually pretty funny that the Mona Lisa is the most celebrated piece of art at the Louvre; it’s so small compared to some of the other works in the museum, but it always has the biggest crowd!
After exploring the Louvre for a couple of hours, I dragged Alex back to the Eiffel Tower for a brief pit-stop (I just can’t get over that view!), and then it was off to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
I know all of the words to the “Hunchback of Notre-Dame” soundtrack, so I was beyond excited to visit the cathedral in person. Alex and I climbed to the top of the cathedral to get a great view of the city, and I successfully refrained from bursting into “The Bells of Notre Dame”/”Out There,” so all in all it was great visit.
After touring the Notre-Dame, Alex and I stopped to eat at our favorite sandwich shop Pret-A-Manger, where I had a severe #fail and almost lost my Paris Pass in the bathroom. Luckily for me, a Good Samaritan found it and gave it to the store manager, so my moment of panic (which included me digging through a trash can and crying to the servers in Frenglish) was short-lived!
After solving the mystery of the missing Paris Pass, Alex and I hurried over to Les Caves du Louvre to indulge in a little wine tasting. The tasting tour was actually very informative, and I loved that they created an interactive space out of the 18th century wine cave.
By the time we finished wine tasting Alex and I were both ready for a nap. Instead, we rallied and boarded a “hop-on hop-off” bus to take us on a tour of the city! We braved the rain and sat on the top deck to get the best views of Paris, hopping off at the Champs-Élysées to track down one of our favorite restaurants in the city for dinner.
Located in a little alley just off of the Champs–Élysées, M Georges is a hidden gem that Alex and I discovered during our first trip to Paris together in February 2017. We loved the restaurant’s vibe, the stellar service, and of course, the food! We were so excited to return, and with our hopes already up, the restaurant did not disappoint our second time around. If you’re ever looking for a fun and lively restaurant in Paris, M Georges is your place.
After a delicious dinner, Alex and I walked up the Champs–Élysées, all the way to L’Arc de Triomphe. After climbing what seemed like an endless amount of stairs, we reached the top of the monument and took in Paris from above.
Seeing the entire city of Paris from atop of the Arc de Triomphe is one of those moments that will be ingrained in my memory for the rest of my life. Paris is such a beautiful city, and And as we saw the Eiffel Tower glistening in the distance, we knew we had one more stop to make before heading home for the night.
Alex and I headed back to the Eiffel Tower for our last stop of the night. Seeing that magnificent tower glow and light up the night sky is nothing short of magic itself. I could have stayed to watch it sparkle all night long, but since we’d been exploring for nearly 14 hours, it was finally time we called it a day. We wandered back to our hotel, and went to sleep after an amazing day of exploring the city.
The next day, Alex and I reluctantly started packing our things as our amazing trip came to an end. As I reflected on the past few days I couldn’t believe how much we were able to see and do in such a short trip. Paris is an incredible city, and I am already dreaming of going back sometime soon.