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Monday, March 2, 2015

It's Sunday, and today we decide to finally visit the Louvre and then head towards the Notre Dame. Once again we take the Metro, but this time we are much more skilled at making our way. Once we get to the Louvre, with our tickets in hand, we are inside within 5 minutes. (I took 9 pictures inside the Louvre with my camera, which I plan on sharing at a different point in time, and several photos with my iPhone which I've shared on Instagram and Facebook :). We spent probably between 2-3 hours inside, and we barely got to see anything it feels like.

Of course our first plan of action was to see the Mona Lisa. On the way towards the Mona, there is so much art to see that it takes us at least half an hour to make it there. The Mona is surrounded by people and I am determined to get as close as possible in order to get a selfie. Afterwards, we wander around in no particular direction and browse the thousands of painting and sculptures the Louvre has to offer. Other than taking an art course while studying abroad for the summer in Florence, I'm not particularly educated on art, so we just casually perused the rooms, ooh'ing and aww'ing our way through. The one painting that stood out to me when we walked by was The Young Martyr, and it was also my favorite. We just happened to come upon it and it struck me.

If you are interested in art, I would definitely recommend researching the paintings or sculptures that interest you and making a plan on what to see before you get there. Here is an interactive floor plan which you can use to make plans on what to see and how you'll go about seeing it. After visiting the Louvre for the first time, I wish I would have done more research and planned out what I wanted to see, rather than going in blindly.

After exploring the Louvre, we decide to head towards the Notre Dame. On our way over, we stop on the bridge and take some photos. You may be wondering why there are almost no photos of us in my previous posts. It's because we didn't take any! Other than the selfies we took with our phones, we barely stopped to take pictures of ourselves, so here is a treat for you!

Upon our arrival at the Notre Dame, once again lines were out the door. We decided we didn't want to wait to get inside, and instead we roamed around the streets in that area. We loved the area surrounding the Notre Dame, and have decided that if we ever return we'd get a hotel in that area instead of near the Eiffel Tower. This was the coldest day we were there, in the low 30's, so after every 15 minutes or so we'd step inside and get a warm drink. I just couldn't shake the chills after walking around outside in the cold for a few hours.

We finished our evening with dinner at L'Alsace on Champs-Elysees. We started off with oysters, and as my main course I had these scallops with the creamiest risotto I've ever tasted in my life. Combined with the wine, I was in a food coma. But nevertheless, after dinner we made our walk a few blocks down to the Arc de Triomphe. It was around 11 or so, and we made our way through the tunnel to get underneath the Arc, but once we got out right under the Arc, there was a guard who told us that it was closed. Sadly, we didn't get to see the Arc up close.

We also didn't go up the Eiffel Tower or inside the Notre Dame because we didn't want to wait in the long lines in the cold. Nor did we see the Catacombs. So upon our return to France, we want to stay in Paris for two days just to check these things off our list. We really want to travel throughout France, primarily throughout the South of France, including Cognac, Annecy, and of course Cannes and Marseille. So many things to do and see, and so little time!

Do you guys have any other suggestions of amazing places in France? Till next time.


Aleksandra Love Street Fashion said...

Wow, this pics are amazing. And you both look so happy on them.
Looks it was a great trip.

have a nice day! Aleksandra http://lovestreetfashion.pl

nadaschokolada said...


Thank you so much! Yes, we were both so excited to be there :) and you can't go wrong with going to Paris, it is a beautiful city!

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