This is a long one folks. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a ton of pics.
After London (see this post), we traveled to Paris, France via the Chunnel!
I tried to stay awake during the whole trip (on the Chunnel, not our whole European vacation) but as we found out, I get train-sick. boo. I took a lot of naps on European public transportation due to this “malady”.
I was extremely excited to visit Paris (any part of France really). I am a francophile and took French from middle school through college (only 2 semesters).
We arrived in the late afternoon and checked into our hostel.
Trick for hostel booking (Kyle’s idea): When you’re traveling in pairs, try booking a room meant for 3 people. You pay a lot more for private rooms, and sometimes you’ll get lucky and have the 3-bed room to yourselves because a lot of people travel in pairs or groups. This applies for group travel as well. We got lucky and had 1 person only for 2 nights.
You know those faucets in public restrooms that you have to push/hold down the handle? That’s how our shower worked. so fun. Oh and no hot water. even funner, especially during the winter. Our sink luckily had hot water so we took a lot of sink baths.
After we dropped off our things, we left to explore!
When we first saw the Louvre, we wondered if the whole establishment was, well, part of the Louvre. It’s hard to capture how expansive the building (I feel like the word building doesn’t do it justice) is in a photo. But yeah, that’s why they say it could take you over a year to see everything.
Because it was late afternoon, we just walked around the whole night. We walked from the Louvre, kind of through the Tuileries Garden, down the Champs-Élysées, and to the Arc de Triomphe.
After taking a ton of pictures, we walked to the Eiffel Tower. We also went during the day one time so we could walk to the top (actually to the second level).
TIP: If you are short on cash, take free walking tours! They have them all over and you only spend money to tip your guide.
We took a free walking tour through the Parisian neighborhood, Montmartre. Definitely one of our favorite parts of Paris. We learned so much about history and culture on that tour!
We did so much more, but I’ll just share one more thing so you don’t fall asleep.
We had to add our lock to the Pont des Arts. It’s a famous bridge on Seine River. The idea is that you (a couple) put a lock on the bridge and throw the key into the river. Even if you break up, the lock is permanent and signifies a part of your life that cannot be erased.
NOTE: Do not put your lock on the wrong bridge! Pont des Arts is for committed love, while Pont de l’Archevêché is for your “lover” aka short relationships, flings, one night stands, etc.
TIP: Bring your own lock from home and have it already engraved/marked. You can buy them there but it’s a rip off. We brought our own lock but had forgotten to engrave it. Kyle managed to do it with the key.
We also wrote down where we placed our lock, so future Kyle and Amy can find the tiny thing.
I don’t know why we took this picture. Kyle actually threw the key into the river…
Okay, now you can go poke your eyes out.