This entry is all about the glorious City of Light. My husband and I traveled to Paris for Valentine’s weekend this year. Even though I had been to Paris several times before, this was the first time I had visited with my husband and it was even more beautiful and romantic than I ever remember.
One of our first stops upon arriving was, predictably, the iconic Eiffel Tower. I’m not sure if it was an early morning haze in the sky or just heavy pollution (let’s hope the former) but I loved the greyish cast that seemed to drape the city. It was so moody and felt oh-so-Parisian – can you spy Sacre Couer atop the hill on the left?
I think I enjoyed walking the winding streets of Montmartre more than anything else. I feel like the neighborhood possesses such a creative vibe and a magnetic personality. After climbing the steps to Sacre Coeur, we came across a lovely little square filled with artists selling their paintings. Almost immediately, my eyes settled on a collection of sepia-drenched acrylics that depicted the square we were standing in … they all had Sacre Couer peeking out from behind the shuttered buildings. I can finally say I own an original work of art now and I love the story I have to go along with it.
Très, très yummy. Favorite flavor? Pomme Granny Smith!
This smattering of photos really only highlights a small portion of everything we were able to do and see in such a short amount of time. We had such an incredible time but I can’t wait to come back and finish checking off all of my to-dos in the City of Light – namely, visiting Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen … a trip to Musée d’Orsay and a long and leisurely visit to Deyrolle (I am so fascinated with good taxidermy).
Top Tips for Paris:
– This should be a no-brainer but do take the ride to the very top of the Eiffel Tower. It’s super touristy but the views are so worth it. We went up in the early morning but I think a late-night visit would be uber-romantic and beautiful, too.
– Find a cafe/bistro with a killer view and stake a table out near sunset. My love and I found a streetside bistro with an unbelievable view of the Eiffel Tower and we sipped on artsy-sounding drinks while watching the clouds turn glorious shades of pinks and blues and purples. When the sun finally went down and the Eiffel Tower lit up, it was all kinds of amazing.
– Do the tip above again … only this time, enjoy a long meal with lots of people watching. Out of all my European travels, I’d have to say Paris is no. 1 for people watching.
– Ummm, the Louvre. How can you not? I didn’t share any photos of our visit but we scurried through every last exhibit and it was wonderful.
– Don’t forget Montmartre. The winding streets, artsy vibe, street musicians/performers, wine bars and cute bistros are worth a visit.
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.