"Paris is always a good idea."
My girl Audrey Hepburn said it best. On a break from classes and rehearsals this week, I had the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of traveling to the city of love and light. It was magical & nostalgic & breathtaking all at the same time. Here's a look into my Parisian weekend!
I left London bright and early on a Eurostar train that brought me to Paris in a speedy 2.5 hours. After haphazardly navigating the ~French~ subway system, I found my way to the hotel with a few hours to kill before checking in. I decided to take a stroll (in the 100+ degree weather) to the Eiffel Tower and grab a snack. I'm not kidding when I tell you I audibly gasped and jumped with joy when I first laid my eyes on the iconic monument.
I was shortly able to check in at the hotel and reunite with my mom and sister, who flew into Paris to begin Sarah's senior trip to Europe. They'll be with me in Paris and London for ten days before heading back to the States! Once we got settled in, we ventured to a local Italian restaurant for dinner before turning in early that evening.
Our next day was full of hitting Paris's most famous sites, including the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Shakespeare & Company bookstore, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe, followed my a dinner cruise down the Seine River.
After a wonderful day of seeing all of the tourist sites in central Paris, we journeyed to the Palace of Versailles the next day to tour the historic castle and expansive gardens. Here are just a few pictures that simply do not do the palace justice!
Our next and final day in Paris called for a journey to Disneyland Paris! If you think Disney World is the happiest place on earth, try adding crepes. The parks strikes a lovely balance of paying homage to the American rides you know and love while also including attractions that are specific to Paris (like Aurora's pink castle, for example).
After our magical day of rides and gelato at Disneyland Paris, we ran back to central Paris for our final adventure of the trip: an obligatory trip to the Eiffel Tower. This was, unsurprisingly, my most anticipated part of our stay! Words just don't do it justice.
Following our tour of the Eiffel Tower, my mom and I remained in the surrounding park, split a bottle of cold champagne, and made some of my favorite memories of the entire summer. I am so thankful to have gotten to spend some quality time with the most important women in my life in the midst of a summer filled with internships and work and jetting across the world.
Alas, all good (read: amazing) things must come to an end, and so did our excursion to Paris. I am sure I will return one day, but for now au revoir, Paris.