Passport to Paris
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
30Trip End May 07, 2011
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Ahhh Paris! The journey from Luxembourg to Paris is rather simple, we couldn't get reservations on the direct train, but our train with a transfer was only 3.5 hours. So we left on a gorgeous Friday afternoon and arrived in Paris around 6:00. After taking our bags to the hostel we went straight to the Louvre because if you are under like 25 it is free on Friday nights! We love free things! (especially when the exchange rate is almost a buck and a half right now ewwwwww) It was really pretty in the courtyard outside the Louvre. I'm sure you have all seen the pictures of the glass pyramids, so of course we did the touristy thing and took some cheesy pictures. After we got in a rather quick moving line to get inside
After the Louvre, we were getting pretty hungry but we decided to take a little walk along the canal first. Then, out of nowhere the Eiffel Tower is in the distance, how could we not walk that way? It was pretty deceiving though, it looked much closer than it actually was. Much, much, much later after walking alllll the way down the canal, we could see the base of the Eiffel Tower, but decided to stop and grab dinner from an Italian place pretty close by. When we were finished with dinner we walked over to the Tower and it was amazing! Someone had told me that on the hour, after dark, it sparkles. We were approaching just about that time, then all of a sudden, bam! It sparkled!! I didn't quite understand what everyone meant by "sparkled" but let me just say...it was like something out of a Disney movie.
The next morning our first stop was back to the Eiffel Tower, but this time we took the Metro
Afterwards, we went to get some lunch, (a crepe!) and do a little souvenir shopping before heading to the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was very pretty, and the inside was a lot larger than it looked from the outside. Mostly though, it made me want to go watch the Hunch Back of Notre Dame. I forgot how much I loved that movie as a kid. I think my goal should be to see all the key Disney landmarks of Europe. After the Notre Dame we walked towards the Arc de Triomphe which was down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is a famous street in Paris for shopping, theaters and cafes. Definitely a very cool area of Paris! After that we took a metro to the Luxembourg Garden, which is really cute and would have been nice to sit and relax at if it wasn't for the torrential down pour that started 15 minutes later. Still glad we made it there for a bit though.
On Sunday we slept in and then had time to go to the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral which is literally on top of a hill that you have to climb
The ride back was a direct train from Paris to Luxembourg, only a little over 2 hours! So wonderful, Lux is really situated in the perfect place to travel nearly everywhere from! There is so much to do in Paris you could spend days there, but I loved what I saw in my weekend excursion!