Nov 30, 2012

Paris: Day 1

After an almost 4 hour train ride from Frankfurt, we arrived in Paris around 1 in the afternoon. Then came the fun part...hauling all of our luggage to our hotel, which was 3 metro changes away. It was an adventure to say the least, but we made it there, dropped off our bags and changed our filthy travel clothes, then made a beeline towards one of Paris's most beloved landmarks, the Eiffel Tower! As we were walking through the 7th arrondissement, we could see the top of the tower peeking out above the quaint cafés and businesses lining the Avenue de la Motte-Picquet. My heart could have burst from my chest when we rounded the corner onto the Champs de Mars and I finally had the full scope of the Eiffel Tower in my sights. There it stood...hard ironed, commanding, larger than I'd ever imagined; the iconic symbol of the city of love...right before my tourist eyes. I never thought that in my lifetime I'd be standing in Paris with the Eiffel Tower just inches away from me. I remember taking in that sweet moment, thanking God for blessing me, us, with the opportunity to be amongst such an elusive piece of history. Getting to share it with our dear friends was just icing on the cake! Having only ever read about Paris in books and seeing the Eiffel Tower in photos made the moment surreal, like it was a dream. Any second I was going to wake up and be back in my bed, shaking the sleep from my eyes. But it wasn't a dream. We were really there, standing below its iron beams. Naturally, after gazing in awe of it all for quite some time, we whipped out our cameras and took lots of photographic evidence of our good fortune. I could have stood on that patch of grass all day, but we had reservations to venture up into the Eiffel Tower the next afternoon, so we decided to make our way to Le Dôme Café for quick snack. Croque Monsieur's, anyone?

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A little French cuisine lesson for you:
Croque Monsieur-a broiled ham and cheese sandwich.
This ham and cheese sandwich becomes a Croque Madame when you add a fried egg on top of it. The French are brilliant...and cheeky, huh? These sammies were delicious. Worth every calorie and over-priced bite, for sure. ;)

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After our snack, we really had no agenda. All of our tours started the next morning, so we made our way across the Seine River and walked along the Champs-Élysées for a while. We passed lots of fancy stores, got macarons from Ladurée, and spent some time on the lawn in front of the Les Invalides on our walk back to the hotel before dinner. It was a nice little walking tour to get us acquainted with the lay of the city. As our feet grew tired, we made our way back to the Eiffel Tower area to eat some dinner and catch the tower lit up against the night sky. It couldn't have been a more perfect first afternoon in Paris!

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Up next from Paris...Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Montparnasse Towers, and our evening on the lawn of the Champs de Mars. Au revoir!

21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! I dream of going to Paris one day! And the food looks delicious, of course! I can't wait to see all the sights you speak of! -Jessica L

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  2. I wasn't a huge fan of Paris when I visited....but your pictures are totally making me want to go back. And all the food looks DELICIOUS!

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  3. I can't wait to go on my trip there next year! Love all your pictures. :)

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  4. Absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos!

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  5. I seriously need to go back to Paris; I just loved it so much the last time I was there. Oh. Heh. I may have eaten a Croque Madame one too many times—it's my favorite! Love that last pic of the tower!

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  6. I miss Paris so much! When I was studying there, we would go watch the Eiffel tower light up every Friday night. It's so magical. And don't get me started on the Croque Madames! Toute loure! And as for Montparnasse Tower, I enjoyed it better because you could see the Eiffle tower from up high. Glad you're enjoying your trip!
    -Jess

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  7. looks like you had an amazing time!! i so want to go to paris, its on my travel list lol fab photos thanks for sharing with us :D
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  8. Once again, completely gorgeous photos! Unfortunately I don't eat ham, and while in Paris I spent the entire time trying to get a Croque Monsieur sans ham (sacrilege, I know!) I got so many dirty looks and flat out 'NOs' until one glorious day in front of the Notre Dame I got one. Heaven! ;)

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  9. wow what ab lessing to be able to go and see those sights!! :) great pics

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  10. beautiful. what a magical adventure.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,
    We are gathering for An Aloha Affair, a sweet sort of mingling and sharing and growing together. I would so love it if you'd join us. You will always be welcome, anytime. Save ya a seat?...

    xo,
    Nicole

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  11. i've decided we need to be best friends. What kind of camera do you use? These pictures wayyyyy trump mine!

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  12. okay so those sandwhiches look divine :)!

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  13. I don't care how touristy it is, Paris will always be one of my absolute favorite places. it's just so gorgeous!

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  14. These pictures are gorgeous!!

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  15. i love paris so much. i hope i get to go in the spring!

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  16. I found you through Living In Yellow!!! Just HAD TO follow your blog! The pictures of Paris are amaaaazing!!!! It's on my bucket list to visit there someday <3 I look forward to future posts!

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  17. These pictures are amazing! Love your blog.

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  18. You got great photos on the lawn! Hubs and I ran out of time, so ours are all a little past prime-time in terms of light. I guess we'll have to go back!

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  19. Is it summer over there right now? That weather looks gorgeous! And so do you in that pretty dress.

    Man! You always make me so hungry with all your yummy food photos. That sammie...I could totally eat 2 right now. Fatty? maybe, maybe not. You can be the judge of that! ;D

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  20. That all looks like heaven! From the buildings, to the food...to the Eiffel Tower, of course! You are truly living the dream...so, so lucky!

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