Paris is known as the City of Lights – and Paris did not disappoint! With a glittering Eiffel Tower and some Christmas decorations still on display, we enjoyed the beautiful twinkle that Paris had to offer. We also enjoyed a LOT of sight seeing in a short amount of time.
We visited the Louvre (bought tickets ahead of time on line and printed them out) on our arrival day to help us get through the jet-lag. We have always flown overnight to Europe so arriving around mid morning and staying awake until bedtime has been great advice for concurring jet-lag! We visited the Louvre in the late afternoon – around 3:30pm and this was a great time to visit – the crowds were thinner and we didn’t feel rushed anywhere. Of course, we saw the Mona Lisa and roamed around aimlessly for about 2+ hours before we got board and headed out. I’m just not a museum person but you can’t go to Paris and NOT go to the Louvre!
The next morning, we walked to a rendezvous point to meet up with a great guide named Peter. We took a 2.5 hour bike tour of Paris with another couple and had a fantastic time! It was a Sunday so many cars were off the road and we felt safe enjoying the morning seeing some pretty cool places. We popped into the Marais – a trendy and chic neighborhood on the right bank of Seine. We rode through the plaza of Notre Dame and learned some history there. We rode to and through the courtyards at the Louvre. We rode to the Place de la Concord and saw the glitz and glamour of the set up for Fashion Week! We rode over to the Eiffel Tower and our guide shared some great tips about the city, the history, and what Parisians do!
Monday we went to Disneyland Paris – I already wrote about it so all I will say is that we planned ahead, got our tickets on-line the week before the trip, knew where we were getting the train in Paris to take us directly to DLP. It was a super fun day and I am glad we took the trip!
Tuesday – our last full day – we scooted around the city on electric scooters for much of the day!!! It was snowing so the city was magical! We scooted to Notre Dame, fed some birds and walked into the cathedral. We wanted to go up into the towers but they were closed because of the snow. We picked up the scooters again and took them to the Eiffel Tower to check out the snow! We took some pictures, then scooted all the way back over to the Jardin des Plantes where we visited the small zoo they have there! It was pretty fun and we saw some beautiful creatures enjoying the snow! After a bit of a rest in our apartment, we walked to the Latin Quarter (about 8 minutes away from us) and walked through Saint Severin church (one of my favorites for it’s Gothic style) and finished up some shopping in the narrows of the Latin Quarter.
Wednesday, we woke up late, packed up and headed out to Notre Dame one last time for some bird feeding! We scooted back to the apartment, had our last crepe, finished packing and hoofed it to the train for the airport!
We had a fantastic quick trip and SO worth every single minute and penny spent!!!! We made memories we will never forget!!! Check out some of our funny selfies and be sure to keep and eye out for my Hints for Traveling to Paris!