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Paris! It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve been a few times with the family and once with just me and Beckam when he was a baby. Cody, me, and the kids all have short attention spans so when we came we never made it to some of the museums and more touristy stops in Paris, so I was excited to do that during our girls trip! We originally went to see the cherry blossoms they were supposed to be in full bloom by end of May but a storm came a few days before we were there and SNOWED! Snow in Paris crazy right! So there were barely any trees in bloom!
Our first day in Paris apparently half the city was on strike! So a lot of the spots we planned on seeing were closed, but it was the perfect chance to walk around the city. We just wandered around and ended up all over town. Our first stop was Notre Dame: You can’t go to Paris and not see the Notre Dame! There was almost no line so we were able to get in really quickly. Such an amazing experience and crazy to think it started being built in the 1100’s! Even if you aren’t religious, the cathedrals in Paris are a rite of passage – they are all so beautiful!
The Louvre: Do your research ahead of time (we didn’t lol)! When we showed up there were 2 lines – one for people who had reserved a time to visit the Louvre, and then the rest of us who were just winging it. The majority of us were winging it of course so it was a pretty long line, maybe half an hour to actually get in and then another 15 minutes to buy tickets. There’s an audio tour (costs a little extra) or a free app you can download for a reference point as you are exploring. The Louvre is HUGE! You could easily spend all day there. Honestly I wasn’t as excited to go, but once we went it was actually really cool to see. The detail in some of the pieces is insane and thinking about what they created with the resources they had is pretty crazy to think about! I would say its a for sure must see, but if you aren’t much into art you could be in and out in an hour.
Sacre Coeur: We just randomly ended up at the Sacre Coeur one night and it had such a pretty view of the city, I was so glad we did it! We didn’t get there in time to climb the steps up to the dome for the best view, but it was still a beautiful view from the peak of the Montmartre neighborhood. On the way down there was a street vendor selling hot apple cider and hot mulled wine – so good! On our walk I found the only cherry blossoms in Paris I think hahah jk I’m sure there was more somewhere but I was so excited to find one tree with some beautiful blooms!
The Flower Market: This was my favorite part of the trip!! It was my first time to a French flower market and it was every bit as amazing as it sounds. There were no other tourists so it felt like a typical Parisian Saturday morning, picking up produce and flowers for the week. I almost cried because I was literally just so happy! 😍
Versailles: Every detail was absolutely breathtaking. MAJOR home inspo haha. The pink marble was probably my favorite, and all the ornate detail everywhere! The gardens were insane, I can only imagine how pretty it is in the summer when it’s in full bloom. I didn’t realize how big Versailles was until the end of the day when my feet were sooooo tired, haha, so first tip – wear sneakers! We heard that you should either go first thing in the morning or late afternoon when it’s least busy, and we noticed the line definitely started to die down around 4. Make sure you have time to explore the gardens though! I think you could spend a whole day just outside when it’s nice out.
The Hall of Mirrors!!! Pictures will never do it justice.
Saint Chapelle: Fourth time was the charm! We tried to see Saint Chapelle the first time but it was closed. We looked up the hours online and saw it closed at 5pm, so we got there at 4:36 and found out the last entrance is 30 minutes before closing – so we missed it by 6 minutes! The next day we had to leave for Versailles and tried to squeeze the Saint Chapelle in right before and the line was like an hour long! I’ll be honest, I gave up but my friends went back the next morning and waited in line because I had major jet lag and just wanted to sleep in haha. Apparently you can get priority tickets online and skip the majority of the line! It would have saved so much time haha. The pictures they got were so pretty – the stained glass looked unreal! It’s pretty quick once you get in, so definitely spring for the priority pass so you don’t spend more time outside waiting than inside actually enjoying it.
Cafe De Flore: This cafe is probably one of the most insta-worthy eateries we went to. I’m obsessed with all the flowers overhanging the restaurant and it’s facing a busy street and sidewalk so you get a true taste of what everyday life in Paris is like just people watching. You can see the full blog post here if you missed it, but it is definitely worth a visit!
The Eiffel Tower: No visit to Paris is complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower! You’ll get a few peeks of it from around the city, but you have to see it up close at night when it’s twinkling! So magical. We got a crepe from the street vendor right by the Eiffel Tower and it so good! Street food is always a good choice in Paris
Whitney always has the best Zara finds!! So obsessed with her outfit!!
You can see more pics of this outfit in the FULL POST HERE
We stayed at the Westin and at the Peninsula Paris during our trip. I did a post about our beautiful hotel here if you missed it. Such a fun trip can’t wait to go back!