Imagine my sheer delight when my husband surprised me with a week’s trip to Paris this past August. While I had been to Paris two other times, it was never with him, and it was certainly something I wanted to experience with him.
I first went to Paris back in 2009. It was my first trip to Europe actually. And I can still remember the exact moment I walked out of the subway at Trocadero and saw the Eiffel Tower in all it’s glory before me. It was pure magic. I couldn’t believe I was standing in Paris looking at the Eiffel Tower.
I have loved Paris ever since that trip and over the years have gathered plenty of Eiffel Towers amidst my home decor items as “odes” to the city of love.
So you can just imagine that I was over the moon at not only getting to go back, but getting to share it all with him as well. A truly romantic getaway in one of the most awesome cities in the world.
Seeing that we are avid cruisers, this trip was especially wonderful because we had so much time to just enjoy things and not feel rushed.
Here’s some of the things we did that made this trip unforgettable…
1. Luxemburg Gardens – Of the 3 other times I’d been to Paris, I’d never seen this garden and wouldn’t have seen it this time if not for the fact we got semi-lost and wandered around some of the streets looking for a little cafe where we could sit and enjoy a little French cuisine. This garden was spectacular and we spent an entire afternoon sitting in the sun, eating ice cream and just people watching.
2. Eiffel Tower – What trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without going up the Eiffel Tower? I’d gone to the first floor on my own before, but not to the top and my husband was adamant that we go to the top. It was an absolutely stunning view and well worth the wait to do it. (We went first thing in the morning and it was about 1.5 hour wait.)
3. Seine River Cruise – On our second last night, we decided to do the sunset river cruise. Paris is so pretty when viewed by the gentle gliding motion of the river boat. There is also a dinner cruise you can do, but we decided to do the one without foo as we thought it would distract us from the incredible views.
4. Sacre Coeur & Montmartre – This area of Paris is not to be missed. The cute boutiques that dot the streets, the aroma from nearby bakeries, and the incredible works from the local artists all mix to create a real treat for the senses. We strolled along the little streets as we made our way to the Sacre Coeur church where we sat and soaked up the sun before heading back to grab some lunch at a little bistro and do some shopping.
5. The Champs Elysees – This famous street of shops is home to all the high end places like Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and so many others. We spent an afternoon just ducking and in and out of shops and taking in the Arc de Triomph before heading for a quiet dinner by the Louvre.
6. Palace of Versailles – As a helpless romantic, I couldn’t help but want to take my husband to this beautiful palace. I’d been there twice before, but never in the summer months when the gardens were in their full splendor. We hopped the train and spent the day visiting Versailles. The gardens were just as spectacular as I’d envisioned and the fact they pumped classical music throughout made it feel like we were transported to the era when King Louis XIII had the palace built. After spending hours here we meandered back to the train station to catch the train back to Paris.
I’m a firm believer that every person should visit Paris at least once in their lifetime. It is so rich in culture, history, food, and so much more.
Once you visit, a piece of your heart always remains.
Until next time, Paris… until next time.