Sharing the last few days of my Paris trip today! On our fifth morning, we woke up early to get in line to go up to the top the Eiffel Tower. We tried to buy tickets online beforehand but they were sold out. The ticket offices opened up at 9 and the crowds were insane! We were able to get tickets all the way to the top of the tower, and when we got up to the top the views were incredible!
We could see the entire city. It was fascinating to see everywhere that we had been over the week and the places we were going to try to see before we left.
When we left the tower, we walked along the river down to the Île de la Cité to visit the Notre Dame. The line to go inside was wrapped around the whole square so we decided to go grab some lunch a comeback. We went to Cafe Julien for lunch. I had the salmon and it was divine. we sat outside and I loved the people watching almost more that the food. While in the 4th Arrondissement I wanted to make a quick little stop at the Anthropologie store in BVH Marise.
After a little shopping, we went over to the Sainte Chappel. The Sainte Chappel is the most beautiful church I have ever been into. There is the most stunning stained glass around the entire room that tells the story of the First Testament of the Bible.
Next to the Sainte Chappel is the Conciergerie, which is the jail where they held Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. After walking around the Île one last time in the golden light we headed over to Ferdi for burgers. The burger at Ferdi was to die for!! It was worth wait and trouble that we went to for reservations.
On our sixth and final day in Paris, we decided to rent bikes. We rode them down the Seine through the falling leaves. We were on our way to the Musée d'Orsay and the bridge we took to cross the river was the Love Lock bridge.
The Musée d'Orsay is one of my favorite museums. It is home to some of my favorite paintings, but what I really love is that the building used to be an old train station. The massive clock that you first see when you walk in, is the original one from when the Musée was the Gare d'Orsay.
After the Musée d'Orsay, we rode the bikes over to the Jardin du Luxembourg. They were beautiful. It was the perfect fall day and there were so many people in the park enjoying the weather and playing with the sailboats on the water.
We quickly took the metro over to the Arc de Triomphe so that we could watch the sunset from the top. For some reason, the elevator was only open for families that day so we had to walk up the 284 stairs which were in a very tight little spiral staircase. When we finally made it to the top the view was worth the stairs.
After the sunset and we looked over the Paris skyline one last time we headed down the stairs and grabbed dinner at Chez Clement on the Champs-Elysee again. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to get to bed early so we could make our flight back to Milan the next morning.
I was so grateful to get to spend almost a week in Paris while I was abroad. If you didn't know I originally applied to a study abroad program in Paris, but ultimately the program fell through and I ended up going to Italy. Every moment we spent at Paris was so bittersweet because I was so in love with the city and could only imagine how much I would have loved living there for 4 months. So I decided while I was there wandering the charming arrondissements and beautiful jardins that I have to live there for at least a year before I die.