I arrived in Paris late Tuesday night and went straight to the hostel. Wednesday morning I was up bright and early, and took a walk down Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Troiumphe.
I walked up all the steps and had a wonderful view of the city. Afterwards I walked through the Trocadéro and over the river to see the Eiffel Tour up close.
I took the stairs up to the first two observation decks, and got to see Paris from another angle. It was time for a snack, so I walked to Rue Cler and got a Nutella crepe from a vendor on the quiet market street.
I continued on to the military museum in the Hotel des Invalides, and managed to spend over four hours there! It was getting late, so I walked back across the Seine via the Pont Alexandre bridge, and onto Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg St Honore–both of which are filled with high end fashion stores. I picked up my first Parisian macroons from Laduree, and enjoyed them in the Palais Royal gardens.
The next morning I went to Ile de Cite. I saw the magnificent Sainte-Chapelle church, to which these beautiful stained glass windows belong.
I visted the Conciergerie (an old building that was once a jail where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned), the Palais de Justice, and the Cour du Mai. I visited the Crypte Archeologique and saw ancient ruins that are buried beneath Paris. Then I went into the Notre-Dame, and waited an hour to climb up into the towers.
The last stop of the day was the Panthéon, where I made a friend in the crypt. We split a large sandwich from a small shop and enjoyed it at the fountain in Jardin du Luxembourg.
We tried to see the Catacombs and the views of Paris from Montparnasse, but the timing wasn’t on our side. I finished the night with a walk through Isle Sainte-Louis and a stop for ice cream.
For my last day in Paris, I started with a run up to the Sacré-Coeur to get one last view of the city.
Then it was onto the Louvre!
Even though I had almost five hours to spend in the museum, it wasn’t enough time! But I had to leave to catch my flight to Venice.