A few years back, I had a work trip in London for 3 weeks. I didn't plan on tagging on any European excursions. But once I realized that Paris was only a 3hr train ride away, I knew I had to make a weekend trip!
It didn't make sense to me to leave London Friday night after work; only to get to Paris super late. Instead, I left on the earliest train possible Saturday morning. A round trip with Eurail was only $120!! It was a nice scenic ride and when I arrived in Paris, I hit the ground running!
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
The French government built this Monmarte landmark in the 19th century on top of a hill that has amazing views of the city!
Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies. While the real theater is smaller than it's portrayed in the movie, it was still really amusing to see.
Arc de Triomphe
A Parisian landmark that's always in the movies. It's a bit hectic so be careful!
If you decide to shop is Paris, make sure you bring your passport to avoid paying taxes!
The famous macaron bakery was just one of those places I had to go to; even though I knew it was going to be overpriced. Macarons are so common in Paris. Honestly, I even enjoyed the macarons at McDonald's lol.
To my delight, I had no idea the tower lit up at night! There's a light show every hour or so once the sun sets. Some things to bring: a blanket, a bottle of champagne, & some nibbles. I didn't want to drink alone so I made friends!
Notre Dame Cathedral
I am so glad I saw the Notre Dame at night. This picture does not do it justice! The design of the building is so intricate and beautiful. I think I sat outside for 30 minutes just loving life.
Pont des Arts (Love Bridge)
Due to the insane amount of tourists placing locks on the bridge, the bridge started to sag with all the weight! The city removed all the locks and now locks are banned! If you do end up visiting the bridge anyways, they've replaced the locks with murals.
Musée du Louvre, Paris
If you're going to read anything on this page, read this. I found the Mona Lisa painting in 20 minutes!
Do not wait to buy tickets at the front! Tickets can be bought at the Tabac at Carrousel du Louvre. Which is a underground shopping center. Then
There are 5 entrances to the Louvre. I entered through the Porte des Lions entrance and was 2nd in line. It's also the closest entrance to the Mona Lisa!
I went to the Lourve within the first hour of opening so there was already a large crowd. I slowly made my way to the front and offered to take pictures for people. In return they took pictures for me.
Paris was amazing.
My visit to Paris was extra special because I went solo. I was able to go where ever, whenever! It was great. I definitely want to go back and discover more restaurants and cafes. Where should I visit next time I'm in Paris?