Like any other girl, I had dreamt of someday visiting Paris. Movies, books, pictures, stories from others who had travelled – the build-up of this place had become so huge I wondered if I would arrive in Paris disappointed that it wasn’t what everyone had said.
In reality, I felt Paris was far more grand than my wildest dreams. I was lucky enough to visit there with the love of my life, so that certainly upped the fairy tale aspect of it. Everything was more beautiful and wonderful than I had imagined, from the Eiffel Tower right down to the coffee.
Here are the highlights from day 1:
The day began with a crepe overflowing with Nutella in Montmarte next to one of the many beautiful Parisian carousels – this one straight out of the lovely movie Amelie.
Next on to Notre Dame, where I secretly hoped I would find a hunchback hiding in the towers.
No hunchback, but certainly gargoyles guarding the exquisite architecture that truly takes your breath away.
And right next to the Cathedral, Charlemagne still reigns.
I was born loving books, so it has been a long time coming that I visit this epic bookstore. Shakespeare & Co was a reader’s dream – nooks to spend an afternoon hiding away in the most wonderful stories and even a lovely piano to play a tune or two.
Per many recommendations, I purchased the book “All the Light We Cannot See” here and of course had it marked with the official Shakespeare & Co stamp.
All the bridges crossing the Seine are picture-perfect, but this one felt especially so with Notre Dame towering in the background. We walked back and forth across the bridges a thousand times; I could easily do it a million more and never tire of the views.
And oh, the Eiffel Tower. It was far more spectacular than I thought – the sheer size of it was overwhelming. I was agape whenever it came into sight, and I still have not stopped marveling at this beauty.
We somehow managed not only one, but TWO successful “organic” selfies (my made-up name meaning a selfie without one of those damned selfie sticks).
This entire day was spent on Cloud 9, and 20 miles (literally – I have a tracking app) of walking in heeled boots later, I wanted to rewind time and do it all over again.
My next post: more from the rest of our Paris trip!