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Five Days in Paris, France

December 5, 2017
Streets of Paris

Hi Everyone!

I’m back on the blog after spending the last four weeks traveling around Europe. Over the next few weeks or months… eek! I hope to share with you all my adventures from my first time in Europe. Our trip started in Paris, France; a destination I had been longing to go to for a while now and I can happily say it did not disappoint!

This being our first time in Paris, we, of course, did ALL the touristy things. So if you are looking for something off the beaten path this post might not be for you, but IF you would like to know how we spent an amazing five days in Paris keep reading. 🙂

Streets of Paris

Day 1 in Paris

After arriving at our hotel located in the fifth arrondissement, also known as the Latin Quarter we dropped our bags and headed out to explore. Our first stop was the Orange mobile shop to pick up SIM card for the Orange Holiday pre-paid plan for my phone.

The Orange Holiday pre-paid plan gets you 120 min + 1000 texts, international calls and texts from European zone, and 10GB of mobile data valid in the European zone. The credit is valid for 14 days after first use. All for just 40 euros!

After using the Orange Holiday SIM, I can say that it worked great for our trip and we had no issues. I will definitely recommend it to others who are traveling to Europe. I will say that if you do not use the 10GB of data before the 14 days it does not expire! We ended up buying more credit right before the 14 days ended because we thought the minutes and data would expire, but they didn’t and we were able to keep our unused data.

For our first day in Paris, we chose to do a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour to orient ourselves in the city and help us get an idea of the size of Paris. The bus tour was great because we were able to learn a little history about all the major landmarks and get a few pictures.

However, jetlag taking over we were eager to head back to the hotel for some much-needed rest.

Day 2

Sacré-Cœur

Jetlag and waking up early has its advantages, we ended up taking the Metro to the Château Rouge stop and walked up the back way Sacré-Cœur. I would definitely recommend taking the back way if you do not want to do A LOT of stairs.

The basilica itself and the views over Paris were amazing. Since we arrived early, around 8 am, we mostly had the place to ourselves, which allowed us to get some great pictures without the crowds.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

views of paris

View from Sacré-Coeur

 

Moulin Rouge, Palais Garnier, and L’église de la Madeleine

After visiting the Sacré-Cœur basilica, we decided to walk around the streets of Montmartre and eventually made our way down to see the Moulin Rouge. We continued walking all the way down to the opera house known as Palais Garnier and visited the L’église de la Madeleine, a Roman Catholic church built in the neo-classical style.

Moulin Rouge

Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

L'église de la Madeleine

L’église de la Madeleine

 

Place de la Concorde, Petit Palais and Grand Palais

We continued walking till we hit Place de la Concorde. There we stopped to admire the Fontaines de la Concorde and the Luxor Obelisk.  To the west of the Place is the famous Champs-Élysées. Along the way we made a detour to check out the Petit and Grand Palais’.

Petit Palais

Petit Palais

Grand Palais

Grand Palais

 

Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc De Triomphe offered us amazing views of Paris even if it the weather was a bit overcast.

champ de elysees

arc de triomphe

patrick at the arc

 

Panoramic view from the top of the arc

view of eiffel

 

Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, and Musée d’Orsay

MUSEUMS! First stop Musée de l’Orangerie, where I was able to see the beautiful Monet Water Lillies paintings. I was blown away by their beauty and sheer size! The Monet paitings were definitely one of the highlights for me in Paris.

Musée de l'Orangerie

monet

Monet’s Waterlillies

monet 2

jardin des tullieries

jardin des tullieries 2

Jardin des Tuileries

Musee d Orsay 1

Musee D Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Day 3

Day trip to the Palace of Versailles, the Pantheon, and Luxembourg Gardens

Read about our Day trip to the Palace of Versailles here!

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palace of versailles

pantheon

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg 2

 

Day 4

The Louvre, Notre Dame and a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Night tour

The Louvre museum was absolutely amazing. I was not aware of how big the museum actually was until we were actually walking around inside. We didn’t even get to see ALL the museum had to offer. After about 2.5-3 hours of walking around the museum, we could not see any more paitings or exhibits.

The Lourve

The Lourve 3

The Lourve 2

Notre Dame

Notre Dame 2

notre dame 3

 

notre dame 4

paris

patrick at the eiffel tower

eiffel tower

Day 5

Eiffel Tower and the Musée de l’Armée

Eiffel Tower 2

eiffel tower

view from the eiffel tower

view from the eiffel tower 2

courtney at the eiffel tower

Patrick at the eiffel tower

Musée de l'Armée

Musée de l'Armée 3

Musée de l'Armée 2

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paris 5

paris 3

 

Pin for Later!

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I hope you enjoyed the photos from our trip. I will be doing a more detailed post about our day trip to the Palace of Versailles so you should definitely keep an eye out for that! Next stop ICELAND!XX Court

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3 Comments

  • Reply Melissa Lee December 6, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I’m thinking of going to Paris in January and your post has given me some inspiration, thank you! Looks like you had a great time and got to see a lot of the sights.

    • Reply Court December 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Paris was great ! I really liked it, it is so easy to get around and everyone was very friendly 🙂

  • Reply Jossus Travelpics February 23, 2018 at 12:51 am

    The Monet paintings were the highlight of my trip, didn´t expect them to be that big.

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