June 8 - 11: Paris, Part Two

To save space and your eyes, I decided to split our time in Paris into two parts. Ironically, both of them end on my sisters' birthdays. Happy 16th, Maylen Anne! On Monday, we had planned to go to Versailles, but it was closed, so off to the Louvre we went! The last time I was here, I spent five hours and made it through less than 2/3s of the museum, so we decided to divide and conquer.

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We each chose a section that we wanted to see and our little group set off. The hardest thing in the world is to force yourself past so many treasures. Trudy and I kept going "there's so much to LEARN!". We learned later that it would take 3 months day and night to look at every work and I'm down to give it a shot.

(I saw my favorite painting again and did not cry but it was a close call. Ughughugh.)

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After we hit everything on our list, we went to find ice cream via the Pont des Artes (the former love lock bridge), got more crêpes, and then took a ride on a Bateaux Mouche. If you're going to Paris, I hiiighly recommend this. It's one of my favorite ways to see Paris!!!

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The next day, our second attempt to see Versailles was much more successful. :) We wandered the palace and the gardens, as well as going by the Grand Trianon.

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The 2015 Versailles artist display consists of lots of mirrors, which we clearly had fun with.

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On our way back, we stopped and met Julia for dinner and a hike to the top of La Tour Eiffel!

It was SO windy--there were some points on the lower levels when I was thrown off balance because the wind was so strong--and I'm really not a fan of heights, but since I've now climbed it three times...somehow the tower keeps drawing me back in. :)

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Clearly, it's worth it.

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The next day was our last full one in Paris and we spent it doing all the little things we hadn't quite gotten to. Read: taking the Métro all over the entire city.

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First up was Sacré Cœur and Montmatre. I'd forgotten how beautiful Sacré Cœur is and Montmatre is one of my favorite places in Paris. We spent a while wandering the streets and I could have happily stayed all day. (We also got the best savory crêpes there! Everyone agreed--best of the trip.)

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After this, we walked the Concorde and the Champs Élysées on the way to the Arc de Triomphe. Mantra of Paris? Never too much pepper or Nutella and if there are stairs, we climb them.

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We spent the rest of the day wandering the Champs Élysées before meeting Julia at the Eiffel Tower for a picnic dinner once she got off work. (We walked down George V and there is no way I will ever be fancy enough for that road. Incroyable.)

Dinner was pretty much the perfect way to end our time in Paris.

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So thankful for another amazing time in this incredible city.