Bonjour Pari! We arrived in Paris at 6 am, and after a few tries to figure out how the subway works we finally made it to our hostel, which is really nice. Shout out to my mom for the great find! The subway at 6 am was standing room only, so you can only imagine how crammed it got later in the day. After checking in, we listed out all of the things we wanted to see and/or do with our next two days in Paris!
We decided a hop-on-hop-off tour would be the best way to see everything in such little time. We took the subway to the arch. This arch represents France's version of the tomb of the unknown soldier. The detail and size of this arch was fascinating! When we arrived, they were doing their French version of a Memorial Day ceremony. This was so interesting to watch. From there, we continued down the avenue the Tour de France has finished on since 1975, the Champs Elysees. I know my dad would be jealous!
It doesn't take long in Paris to notice all of the CRAZY drivers! They have sides of the roads, but no division lines for the lanes, making road rage a very common occurrence.
We also went to see Grand Palais where Chanel puts on fashion shows every year. After this we went to Notre Dame, which was STUNNING! The stained glass was so pretty and the stone carvings outside were so detailed I couldn't believe it. I would recommend this stop for at least a few hours to anyone visiting Paris! It is also right near the Louvre, which I never knew was so large until I was walking by it. The museum took up an entire square block and was four stories tall. The size from the outside was overwhelming alone.. I don't doubt people can get lost in there very easily!
Some more beautiful stops along the way we're Musèe d'Orsay, Palais Garnier, Saintè Chapelle, Panthèon, concierge, point Neuf, national museum of modern art, and hôtel de ville! These are all wonderful sights to see, not to mention all of the things we passed along the way visiting these sights. Needless to say, it was a long day with a TON of walking!
We finally headed back to the hostel and went to change and shower! Jess and I decided at the last minute that we had to take everyone's advice and see the Eiffel Tower at midnight. No one would tell us why we had to go to see it at midnight, but simply said its Paris' best kept secret. We got there a few minutes early and got some crapes to enjoy while laying in the lawn with hundreds of other tourists. When the clock struck midnight . . . it was like a fairy tale! I don't want to spoil it for anyone else who would ever visit Paris, but WOW! This was the most beautiful sight I have seen so far. It honestly made my entire trip. In addition to the surprise, people were popping champagne, there was a proposal, . . . it was all so much to take in, but I could repeat that night forever.