Stop number 2 on this European adventure is PARIS!
We had a great time in London but were definitely ready to go explore the next city. We made it safe & sound and right on schedule... until we got lost. It shouldn't be that hard to find a hostel, right?
2 hours later... we made it.
My biggest piece of advice is to purchase a book of the French language. If we understood even a little bit of the language, we would have been able to find our hostel in 2 seconds. Oops. From here on out for the rest of the trip, we studied the key words of each language we were about to enter. I can't tell you how helpful this was for the other countries.
Hotel Andre Gill is the hostel we stayed at in Paris. It was extremely small but pretty dang cute I must say. When I say small, the elevator could literally only fit one person inside. I never saw anyone else staying in the hostel outside of the family breakfast prepared each morning. It was definitely a nice & quiet place to come back to after a long day of exploration. If I came back to Paris, I would be more than happy to stay here again.
This is the view from our room! Not bad, eh?
Moulin Rouge was actually right around the corner from our hostel. It's definitely a crazy area to be at during the night scene. We didn't go to a show but had too much fun people watching (you can only imagine).
Can it get more French than this? Love it.
We found the Arc de Triomphe! Check out that sunset in the background. Perfect timing? I think yes.
The Louvre is definitely a MUST see. The line will be extremely long, but it moves pretty quickly. If you are visiting Paris, you cannot leave without going inside this famous museum. You can always take some fun pictures while you are waiting to go inside.
Like I said... the Louvre is a MUST!
IF THERE IS NO OTHER REASON WHY, THIS IS WHY!
It's the original Mona Lisa guys...
Paris is famous for their beautiful Gothic style churches all throughout the city. As an Art major in college, I was so pumped to see these cathedrals up close in person. I had taken so many Art History classes on the architecture and history behind it all. I would highly recommend not only seeing these cathedrals up close, but also taking a peek inside.
The cathedral interiors are GORGEOUS.
So the food in Paris is definitely a step up from the food in London. For the time we were there, we only encountered one issue... with a raw cracked egg in the center of a sandwich. Yeaa, it was not good.
But most meals we got involved crepes. I think we had crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost every day we were in Paris. I'll just say, we definitely took advantage.
Pont des Arts is a famous bridge in Paris known for having "love locks" covering the whole bridge. If you are visiting Paris with a loved one, be sure to buy a lock, hook it to the bridge, make a wish, and throw the key into the water together.
Unfortunately I was with my sister and not a lover.
Do you think that stopped us? NOPE.
Definitely go visit the Notre Dame!
The Eiffel Tower is freaking huge!
I mean, look at the size of the people next to it... crazy. I really wanted to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but the line was just too long for us. I know, not an excuse. Do I regret it? Yes.
Instead we went and bought a bottle of wine to enjoy on the lawn right in front. At night, the Eiffel Tower will light up!
Stop #2 was definitely a memorable one.
STOP #3.... BARCELONA!
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