Paris!

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We had so much fun walking around Paris for 3 days! We definitely needed more time to explore this beautiful, huge city and can’t wait to go back someday (soon??)

We stayed in an AirBNB for this city, too. It was right next to the Champs-Élysées, and the first photo was our view when we went around the corner from our apartment 🙂

Here’s the listing for this place. Overall, it was clean and a good location – close to a grocery store and Josephine’s Bakery. But WHEN we go back, we will stay closer to the center of Paris/ Notre Dame area. The Champs-Élysées area is much more modern and pretty much feels like 5th Ave, New York – and I’m already there every day 🙂

No complaints for the Air BNB, though. The bed was kind of weird. The listing has some photos of that…
 photo 7 23 paris-23_zps4qtutrbt.jpg The first day we mostly walked around, and that was when we realized that Paris is SO MUCH BIGGER than any city in Spain. We walked about 10 miles on the first day and really didn’t see that much. But we had beautiful weather and just enjoyed being in Paris!
 photo 7 23 paris-19_zpstrpdgj7x.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-9_zpsa1dj6klo.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-7_zpsxgevdx0w.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-8_zpsfgrsczid.jpg After the Eiffel Tower (only a 15 minute walk from our apartment), we went to Les Invalides to see Napoleon’s Tomb and visit the Armory Museum.
 photo 7 23 paris-12_zpsjh43tp95.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-13_zpsr1r0mdvg.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-14_zpsgjrxgv9f.jpg This is the street my dad lived on while he was in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu! All of the buildings are so much prettier in Paris!
 photo 7 23 paris-15_zpskhvdht9q.jpg Seeing the Eiffel Tower twinkle every hour was definitely a highlight of the trip. And I was eating a crepe while we enjoyed this view 🙂
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The 2nd day, we took a Blue Bike Tour of Versailles. There are 200 acres of gardens and farmland around the palace, so we needed a bike to see all/most of it. We also stopped a farmer’s market to pick up lunch and picnic next to the lake!
 photo 7 23 paris-22_zpsieyxv5lh.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-21_zpsnelto8rw.jpg Of course it was raining, and my outfit was not appropriate for the cold. Good thing we had those ponchos!

While biking, we went to the little farming hamlet that Marie Antoinette had built. So cool! Look at the giant bunnies!!
 photo 7 23 paris-20_zpsrbrs5tdq.jpg After we were finished biking around, we toured the palace. I’m ready to move into one of these rooms!! love the colors and those pink chairs!!!
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The last day, we biked around Paris because obviously walking wasn’t getting us anywhere. We used the Velib system which worked really well! I was so scared, though. Apparently, I’m not a very good biker, and traffic doesn’t help.

We got around and saw everything we wanted, so it was worth it!
 photo 7 23 paris-34_zpsuezvpe3d.jpg Musee D’Orsay! So beautiful! We didn’t go to the Louvre (we had had enough of lines at Versailles), but seeing all the Monets here was great! Next time we want to visit Monet’s house outside Paris and see where he painted the waterlilies.
 photo 7 23 paris-32_zpsxpwm5jwe.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-31_zpsftin7ocx.jpg Sculpture of Mozart and his violin!

Then we biked over to Las Galleries Lafayette and got a beautiful view of Paris. The ceiling in there is pretty cool, too!
 photo 7 23 paris-35_zpsgg47vl72.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-36_zpsx5pxz6oj.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-37_zpspiubxtrd.jpg Then we took the metro to Montmarte. No way we were biking up the mountain to that place…
And we climbed ALL the stairs to Sacré Cœur.
 photo 7 23 paris-38_zpstjzd4fp8.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-39_zpsr3aatjeb.jpg THEN we biked to Notre Dame… Which was our last thing, but probably our favorite part of Paris. I’m a little sad that we didn’t go there earlier, but the trip was still awesome 🙂
 photo 7 23 paris-41_zpsppzhxten.jpg  photo 7 23 paris-42_zpsmksokpcg.jpg I might have mentioned the selfie- stick phenomenon of our trip… here are two stealth photos that I took of people with selfie sticks…
 photo 7 23 paris-18_zpsqsuywpid.jpg And the Arc de Triomphe on our way to the airport 🙁 BYE PARIS!!
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