Looking at the big picture, 48 hours is merely but a blink of an eye. However, when given 48 hours in Paris, I made sure this "blink of an eye" was going to be one to remember. In October, my friend and I jetted off to Paris for the weekend and saw as much as we could possibly see in the short amount of time. Lucky for us, our other friend is spending her semester in the city of lights, so we basically had our own personal tour guide (one who is fluent in French, might I add) for the weekend. Here are some of the highlights from our amazing 48-hour trip.
To save money, my friend and I stayed in an Airbnb in Saint-Denis, a city right outside Paris. We started our Saturday morning off with a hiccup at the train station - our train into the city center was cancelled, and since the train announcements were only in French, it took us a while to figure out what to do. However, once we successfully got into the city, we met our friend for brunch at an amazing brunch spot called HolyBelly. I got my fix of pancakes, which I had been craving since leaving the states. From there, we hit a lot of the sights in Paris, starting with the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I absolutely love visiting churches in other countries because the architecture is always incredible. Notre-Dame did not disappoint. Since entrance was free, we waited in the mile-long line to get in, and it was definitely worth it. Coming from a Catholic background, I love lighting a candle for my family in a church when I visit a city. It is a nice way to leave a bit of my spirit wherever I go. Paris was no exception, and I lit a beautiful blue candle inside the Cathedral.
Next, we took an obligatory trip to the Louvre Museum. It was much bigger than I had pictured, and because of our limited time and limited budget, we did not actually go into the Louv. However, the courtyards were absolutely beautiful and I checked seeing the pyramid off my bucket list! We spent some time by the fountains and the pyramid and enjoyed the views.
After some more sightseeing and a beautiful walk through the Tuileries Garden, we stopped at a famous tea house called Angelina's where I got the most delicious chocolate macaron and hot chocolate. The only way I can think of to describe this hot chocolate is to picture a coffee cup full of hot fudge. That is literally what it tasted like - it was so thick that I felt like I was drinking a melted chocolate bar. Although it was absolutely to die for, it was so heavy that I could only drink half my cup. Regardless, my macaron was equally as chocolatey and amazing - definitely the ideal pick-me-up.
Finally, of course, was the Eiffel Tower! I felt like the little girl inside me was screaming. Being up-close was even more magical than I had prepared for. Over the course of the weekend, we took three different trips to the Eiffel, and each was incredible. The night before we left, my friends and I had a picnic in the park in front of the tower, complete with an amazing variety of cheeses and wine. I have to say, it was pretty picture-perfect.
On Sunday, we took an essential trip out to Versailles and did a tour of the Gardens. I was amazed how absolutely massive the garden property was! We saw maybe half the gardens in total and walked about ten miles. Versailles is absolutely the most beautiful man-made place I have ever been. I was completely blown away. We were lucky enough to see the gardens before they turn the fountains off for the winter, because the fountains were the most amazing part. Each garden has a fountain structure of some kind, ranging from just a pond with water streams in it that put on a show, or big, elaborate fountains that are meant to represent something (four of the most famous fountains are the season fountains - there is a different fountain meant to represent spring, summer, winter and fall). The fountains are turned on with classical music as you walk through the garden. It is truly amazing, and so beautiful. I would love to go back to Versailles someday in the spring or summer.
My 48 hours in Paris definitely served me well. In addition to what is pictured, I can say I consumed a lot of croissants and picked up a bit of French (by a bit I mean a few more words). On se parle plus tarde!
Stay tuned to hear about my 10 days in Greece in the coming weeks! xx
Just living, learning + loving and writing some of it down along the way. Senior + Director of Panhellenic Recruitment at Elon University in North Carolina. Currently interning + curating social for some badass clients at SFW in Greensboro, NC. Yogi, sightseer, shopaholic, foodie, writer.
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