Bonjour! This past weekend was one to remember as Jenna and I traveled to Paris! Let me start by saying this decision was very last minute (we bought plane tickets five days before) but so worth every penny. Also, this is the second time going to Paris for both of us, so I am feeling extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had and will have to travel. Alright now to the trip. It started with Jenna and I sleeping on the floor of the Madrid airport Thursday night because our flight was early Friday morning, not to mention we had never stayed the night in an airport before (It was very cold and not quiet)

Then Friday, after maybe four hours of sleep, we took off to Paris. After landing, we quickly went to our Airbnb and freshened up because we had a long itinerary of plans. It started by walking to the metro and stopping into a local bakery for a baguette after we passed about five people holding baguettes. Oh and did I mention that we navigated from the airport (half an hour from the city) to our Airbnb without google maps or our cell phones at all because we didn’t have any service. We were pretty proud for figuring out the multiple metro lines we needed to take (hoping mom and dad are proud too). Our first adventure started at Notre Dame and strolling along the River Seine while admiring all the artists and their work (truly felt Parisian here). From there we continued walking to the Louvre and through the Tuileries garden- which had beautiful sculptures but was not very green this time of year.

Then Friday, after maybe four hours of sleep, we took off to Paris. After landing, we quickly went to our Airbnb and freshened up because we had a long itinerary of plans. It started by walking to the metro and stopping into a local bakery for a baguette after we passed about five people holding baguettes. Oh and did I mention that we navigated from the airport (half an hour from the city) to our Airbnb without google maps or our cell phones at all because we didn’t have any service. We were pretty proud for figuring out the multiple metro lines we needed to take (hoping mom and dad are proud too). Our first adventure started at Notre Dame and strolling along the River Seine while admiring all the artists and their work (truly felt Parisian here). From there we continued walking to the Louvre and through the Tuileries garden- which had beautiful sculptures but was not very green this time of year.

To end our day, we went back to Louvre, but not before stopping for macaroons with a bunch of different flavors! The last time I was in Paris, it also was only for two days so I did not go in the Louvre that time and I have been wanting to go back to see it ever since! After stepping inside, there is really no way to describe how incredible it is. First off, despite being on our feet all day and not getting any sleep, Jenna and I could not have been more excited to walk around the Louvre. Second, it was free! (Bless up Spanish Visa!!) Prior to going into the Louvre, we made a list of the top 13 things to see when in the Louvre because we knew we only had a couple hours to go (I probably could’ve spent days in there!) Fun fact, if you wanted to see every piece of art in the Louvre, you would have to go for 8 hours a day for 75 days! Isn’t that insane!!! The amount of history surrounding us was incredible! I still can not comprehend how old some the pieces were (oldest around 5000 BC) and how pristine condition some of the other works were like Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Pics below, you can see we saw Venus de Milo, Winged Goddess of Victory, Cupids Kiss, The Wedding Feast at Cana, Michelangelo’s slaves and Mona Lisa etc. For anyone that remembers my middle school Greek mythology phase, you can just about imagine how hard I was geeking out around all of the sculptures!

So after spending a little over 3 hours in the Louvre (we literally stayed until we got kicked out) we went for a late dinner of  escargot including my close friend from the U, Michelle!!! (She is currently studying abroad in Seville, a couple hours away from Toledo) it was so nice to see her and catch up about our programs and travels! Oh I almost forgot the crème brûlée we had.

The next day we woke up pretty early again and geared up for another full day of exploring. We started the morning going to Montmarte, another area of Paris I had not visited before! There is a cathedral, Sacre Coeur, on top of the hill with another pretty view of the city. Next to it are streets lined with shops and crepe restaurants and a lot of artists, who walk around wanting to sketch you. In Montmarte, there is an area that is lined with artists selling their paintings and drawings and some of them even paint/sketch right there! It was on Jenna’s bucket list from before to have a portrait done by an artist so we took some time to do that and it was amazing. The artist drew with chalk and was cool to watch him from the first line all the way to the finished product! After the portraits, we walked to see the infamous Moulin Rouge.

After our time in Montmarte, we made our way to Versailles (another place I did not make it to last time). Previously, I had never realized how big it is, it takes about 30 minutes just to walk from the main palace to Marie Antoinettes quarters. We took a quick walk through the gardens, but unfortunately with it being early February, there wasn’t much of a garden to see. Then we went on a tour of the palace. The palace was filled with the antique furniture in every room, paintings on the walls and ceilings and statues. My favorite room in the palace was the Hall of Mirrors. I had remembered reading about it in a textbook and seeing pictures of it but after going inside it amazing to imagine them throwing large parties in there filled with royals. We spent a couple hours at Versailles and then went back to the city because we wanted to see the catacombs. Unfortunately, after standing in line for an hour, they stopped selling tickets right before we made it to the front. But as my mom always says, you gotta save something for the next time, so when I go back (not an if but a when) I will go to the catacombs. So after slight disappointment of not getting into the catacombs, we walked back to the Seine, with a view of the Eiffel tower and watched it sparkle on the hour. After all the craziness that had happened and the highs and lows of the weekend, it was the perfect conclusion. I’m glad to have another successful weekend of traveling and I can’t wait for the next trip!