Paris Summary

Five nights: Friday, June 29 to Wednesday, July 4

Before this trip, we had visited Europe twice previously: our honeymoon in 2001 (Italy, Paris, London) and a vacation in 2009 (The Netherlands, Belgium). One goal of this trip has been to see entirely new cities. That’s exactly what we’re doing, but with two exceptions: Amsterdam and Paris.

Paris is a great city. It’s visually stunning with its grand boulevards, monumental architecture and sheer scale. It’s culturally pleasant with great food, friendly people and world-class museums. Overall, we enjoy Paris and for this visit we spent most of our time simply getting out and about in the city.

That said, we did make time to hit a a few museums. While intrigued by the quirky Le Musée des Égouts de Paris and Musée de la Contrefaçon, we ended up using our museum time to visit The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Center. Strangely, we saw none of these during our original visit.

Speaking of our original visit, we took a spin past our old hotel and surrounding neighborhood. It was interesting to see how much we recognized from 11 years ago, including a fancy chocolate shop on the corner. Most bizarrely, it still has a chocolate model of a Dremel tool in its display, just like it did in 2001! I wonder if it’s the same one…

Paris, France

First day in Paris
Jeff suggests the sewer tour
Way to treat a girl

Eiffel Tower

It is bright and sunny at the Eiffel tower

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries smells lovely

Musée d'Orsay

And I didn't spot a single rat in the Musée d'Orsay

Hiked to Sacre Coeur
Saw the church and sweeping view
Ran from all the crowds

Sacré Coeur

View of Sacré Coeur basilica

Sacré Coeur crowds

A small sample of the vast number of people visiting Sacré Coeur that day

Browsing through the shops –
Of all the goods in Paris
Pastries are the best

Paris Pastries

Pastries are an art form in Paris