A New Year Adventure - Part 1

February 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


After I turned 29, people asked what I wanted to do for my 30th birthday. Geez, it was a year away! I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I knew that it had to be memorable. After a little bit of thought, I decided that I wanted to travel to Europe.  But where?? I gathered a list of 7+ cities to visit.  I wanted to see it all! When would I ever come back?? That was way too many sites for a 10 day trip. I somehow managed to narrow it down to 3 cities: Paris, Rome, and London. Here is a little taste of what we saw in Paris.



First stop on our trip was the Arc de Triomphe. We walked up to the top and saw what you see in the picture below. The fog was low, the wind blew the rain around, and the temperature was on the chilly side. We couldn't even see the Eiffel Tower in its entirety! Afterwards we walked down the Champs-Elysees, ate a Parisian breakfast, passed by shops, and strolled along the gardens toward the Eiffel Tower. 



Eiffel Tower

We made it! Up close it's huge! Since there wasn't a good view for the day we didn't take a trip up to the top. We had other views to visit over the next few days.


Military Academy

I caught them enjoying the scenery during our quick break.


Mona Lisa

It's true, everyone makes a beeline to see her and form a crowd around her. She's much smaller to see in person and protected by glass.


Wedding Feast at Cana

Across the room from Mona is this huge piece. The man looks tiny compared to the painting.


View of Paris from Notre Dame

These gargoyles are just enjoying the view since the clouds moved on and the sun started to shine.


Feeding birds in the park

We saw this man feeding the birds in the park. He was nice enough to give us some bread to feed them too! Those birds were crazy!  



Boy, this place is amazing! It's covered in gold and HUGE! Everything is big! The gardens go on for miles. You can buy a ticket for a tram ride to take you to one end and shorten the walking distance. Inside is just as fancy, if not more, than the outside. Every room is decorated. Make sure to pick up a free audio guide upon arrival to let you know the importance of each room. They're really helpful.


View of Paris from Sacré Cœur

On our last night we made it up to Sacre Coeur to catch the sunset over the city. The clouds look like they're on fire.



Here's a little video too! Enjoy!


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