I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since our trip to Paris! Just looking through our photos I miss the city. In our time there, Paris truly won my heart. I though that since its been a year I would share some of my favorite images of the city. Perhaps it will inspire you to visit the city of lights.
The Louvre at night is a breathtaking sight.
Some of my favorite images from this entire trip come from inside the Notre Dame Cathedral. I’ve never experienced a more stunning place.
Growing up one of my favorite movies was Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. In one of the musical numbers they sing, “I want to step out down the Champs-Elysees.” Brian and I figured we should take half a day to explore this beautiful tree lined street, home to some of the best shopping in the world.
One can not visit Paris without enjoying some of the most delicious pastries in the world. The most famous french dessert would probably be the macaroon. You can find thousands of stores all over Paris that sell macarons but for our macaron experience we wanted to go to the place they were invented: Laudree. Laudree is located along the champs-elysees.
After filling our stomachs with sweet treats we decided to walk across the Pont Alexandre bridge. This bridge was beautiful, we walked over it a couple times to take pictures and look and the fine details of it. We ended our time at pont de l’alma to see the site where Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident in 1997. You can see the place where her car struck the bridge. There is a statue of a flame there that since her death and been turned into a memorial. People from all over the world have gathered there to write messages saying goodbye to their princess.
Later in the day we walked to Ile de la cite. This is one of the islands on the seine river, it is also where Notre Dame Cathedral is located. Before visiting Paris my only knowledge was from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The cathedral was started in 1163. The cathedral was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my whole life. The stained glass windows were breath taking and the whole thing was very majestic. We were lucky enough to be able to stay for a vespers service that evening. The choir sang along with the organ and the whole experience was very moving and spiritual although we are not catholic and hardly know enough French to understand much of the service. If you ever have the opportunity to attend services here I would highly recommend it. Here are some pictures we took of the inside of the cathedral that day.
The next morning we woke up before sunrise and navigated the streets of Paris in the early light of morning. It was weird how quiet the streets of Paris could be. We made our way to the courtyard of the Louvre where we met up with Elena Usacheva from Better Travel Photos. She guided us around the city teaching us more about photography and how to use our cameras. For Brian and I this was one of the highlights of the trips. Here are a few favorite photos from our tour:
The rest of the day we spend exploring the streets of Paris. I was astonished by the beauty of the city. Everything is very chic and elegant from the buildings to the people inside of them. When we returned from our wanderings we went to the grocery store and picked up our groceries for that night. We enjoyed a simple meal at our apartment that night and went to bed early, the jetlag was really hitting us at this point.