We were recently able to make an amazing trip over the pond to London and Paris and I have had a lot of people ask me what my favorite part about the trip was. Clearly London and Paris are very different cities and I will be sharing some photos and stories from both over the next few weeks and months (as I am able to get to them – wedding season!), but I will start with one of my favorite things about Paris. It’s hard to really nail down a favorite for me, as the best part about Paris is simply being in Paris! Everything is so beautiful and full of history. There is an obsession with aesthetics, food, wine, and culture that I love. I have talked to a lot of people who say they had a hard time in France and especially with Parisians, but that was not our experience at all. I found that as long as we were polite, adhered to common courtisies, were aware of the cultural differences and made an effort to use what little French we had in our language arsenal that the Parisians were extremely friendly and helpful. So all this is to say that one of my absolute favorite things about Paris was simply being in Paris. Going to cafes for espresso, walking the streets lined with ancient buildings, dining on a patio bustling with life and surrounded by vespas. The city has a pulse that runs through it and if you’re there long enough you start to find your heart beating along with it.
Ok enough with the poetic reminiscing.
If I had to choose one touristy activity that I would label as my favorite it might just be the Eiffel Tower. I know, I know, seems so cliche. But the thing really is impressive. However, as much as I enjoyed being right under it, staring up at it’s grandeur, I think the best view of the Tower and of all of Paris for that matter, is from atop the Montparnasse Tower. That’s where I was able to snag these shots. I was able to get there just before sunset (about 10 pm!) after a thunderstorm, and it was the most magical view of the city I found. If you ever find yourself in Paris, this is something I highly recommend. You can stand in line and pay the high price to go up in the Eiffel Tower if you really want to, but once you’re up there you get to see Paris….without the Eiffel Tower. I don’t know about you, but if I am going up to the top of some structure for a view of Paris, I would far rather have the Eiffel Tower in that picture than not. So there it is, finally. One of my favorite things I did in Paris. Enjoy!