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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Day trip to the Palace of Versailles, the Pantheon, and Luxembourg Gardens
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.
Eiffel Tower and the Musée de l’Armée
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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!