If you have a full day in Paris, but the weather isn’t exactly cooperating with you, there is one great thing to go see: the Louvre. Approximately 35,000 artistic pieces in a space of over 650,000 square feet. You may need more than a few hours in this museum… just an observation. A day spent here, though, means that you won’t have to exercise for another year. I literally wore through my pair of shoes that were in a perfect condition at the start of the trip. Just thought I would prepare you for this visit…
Before going inside the museum, we formed a strategy that would allow for us to see the more prominent pieces in the shortest amount of time in case we began to tire early. The Three Ladies of the Louvre are certainly some of the most famous pieces in this museum: The Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and the Mona Lisa. It is astonishing to see these amazing pieces of art. It gives you an even greater feeling knowing just how celebrated these pieces are to the world. There are countless others (well okay… 34, 997) that are also incredible to see as well. Even if you are not a huge fan of art or museums, I think you will still be amazed with what is inside the Louvre. After finishing at the museum, though, I did something that I appreciated just as much as the artwork I saw: napping. After having a nice rest, I went back out and walked around Paris. It was certainly an incredibly productive (and exhausting) day.
The next day in Paris was a rather relaxing day (and this was certainly not an excuse for the day that I had yesterday). Although it was two months away, the city and the stores were already getting prepared for the holidays. I really felt in the holiday spirit at the Galeries Lafayette, one of the most famous shopping centers in Paris. The tree was already up and decorated. It certainly made me realize just how close the end of my time in France was.
The final day in Paris was spent looking at some of the main sights (which was perfect since the weather was wonderful that day). We hiked up the hill to see Sacré Coeur Basilica and have an amazing view of Paris. After this, we also spent time walking around the many gardens and parks of Paris. Seeing the Eiffel Tower again was also certainly on the list of things to do before leaving the next day. I was able to end the night walking around the Latin Quarter, which is one of my favorite places to go in Paris. It’s always so lively, cheerful, and entertaining. I also may have enjoyed some dessert while watching the Eiffel Tower light up one last time before heading back to the hotel. My time in Paris was truly unforgettable. I have a feeling that I’ll be back in another five years.