3.16.2017

Traveling Europe // An Evening in Paris


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Well, my European adventure recap has taken me six months to get through (How has it been six months already?!), but here we are... Today's post, the finale to my European recap, is all about the two evenings I spent in Paris. Paris was not at the top of my must-see list. I was worried I'd find it overrated and crowded. But from the minute I arrived, I knew I was dead wrong.

My first night in Paris was spent wandering the streets and visiting a couple iconic sites - including the Moulin Rouge (I did not enter) and the Sacré-Cœur. From the steps of the Sacré-Cœur, which sits atop the Montmartre, I was able to take in Paris' evening landscape. It was a beautiful sight and I could easily have spent hours just soaking it all in. Our dinner that evening included an appetizer of escargot... I knew I wouldn't like it, but I also knew I'd regret not giving it a try. I was in Paris, after all. So I handed my camera over to a friend and asked her to document the moment. You can check out my reactions in the gif below...

The next evening, dinner was serenaded by a lovely musician. She was so kind and let me take a lot of pictures (she even offered to take mine). After dinner, the tour group and I made our way down to the Eiffel Tower. I had spent much of my day visiting this iconic landmark and was already in love with it. Little did I know that it was about to get even better. As the clock struck on the hour, I looked up at the tower and my heart swelled. I stood in awe as this structure, which is grey and matte by day, turned to bright, glittering gold.
My heart broke a little as the evening came to a close, and I had to hold back my tears. The experiences I had and the memories I made while traveling Europe had changed me in ways I had never expected. Europe had been calling to me for so long, and for one month, I was able to put my day to day life on hold to take my biggest adventure, yet.

The next morning I was dropped off at the airport and began my journey back to the USA. I spent the next few days adjusting back to my regular life, but my heart is still in Europe with the Fjords of Norway, the Highlands of Scotland, the canals of Venice, and the ever-stunning Eiffel Tower.

3 comments

Sarah Butler said...

Beautiful pictures!! I love Paris by night. Loved your post!

Meegan said...

What time of year where you in Paris? I am going in a month and still trying to decide what clothes to pack! Love your recaps!

Kayti Clayton said...

I spent a day in Paris during a layover last May and I was super disappointed. But after swooning over your photos, I'm thinking I should give it another chance. Would love to actually see a performance at the Moulin Rouge.

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