Day 6 in London! Well, not really. It started of VERY early in London, but was spent mostly in Paris. Our morning started at 3:45am with the glorious sound of my phone alarm going off. We needed to wake up this early in order to be in the lobby of the hotel by 5:00am for our car service. Part of the tour included a transfer from the hotel to the train station which was great because I didn’t want to deal with the tube that early in the morning. Our driver was very nice, on time, and the car was clean. Once we got to St. Pancras station we grabbed some breakfast pastries and waited to board our train.
The Eiffel Tower
We took the EuroStar from London to Paris! It was only about a 2 hour ride as we were going well over 180mph. The seats were comfortable and time flew by. We arrived in Paris, met our tour guide, and officially started our day!
While I definitely think visiting the Eiffel Tower is something everyone should do if given the opportunity, I have to say, it was a bit underwhelming. I honestly thought I’d be taken aback by the magnificence of the tower, but I wasn’t. It was really cool to see and it’s something checked off my list, but I’m happy not going back. There were signs everywhere warning you about thieves and the dangers of Paris. Not very romantic to say the least. I mean I appreciate the warnings, but it made me feel unsafe during the tour.
And not to mention, the train station is located in what our tour guide called “the most dangerous part of Paris”. I kid you not there were heavily armed guards at the doors of the station, half naked people walking around outside, and an obscene amount of sex shops on every street. Basically we came, we ate lunch, we took pictures, and we left.
Views From The Eiffel Tower
As terrifying as traveling through Paris was, the views from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower were amazing. This was probably my favorite part of the tower, besides lunch of course. I was slightly scared once we reached the second floor – mostly because I don’t care for elevators or unsecured heights. But I survived and had a decent time guarding my purse and enjoying the views.
Half of the tour group took a river cruise while the other half (us included) had lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel, the restaurant on the first floor of the tower. Besides the fact that a bug tried to kill me (slight exaggeration here…) which prompted me to basically climb on top of the woman next to me, lunch was great… for me at least. Briam didn’t really like any of the courses except for dessert, but he sure liked mine. I had duck pate as a starter, duck confit pasta as a main dish, and a passionfruit cream for dessert.
Paris was a little warmer than I had expected it to be. Maybe because Hurricane Ophelia had made London a bit colder, I thought Paris would be as well. It wasn’t unpleasant, I mean I live in south Florida, I know what hot is. But power walking through crowds of people in cold-weather clothing is a tad warm. But it made for a beautiful day for looking over Paris.
The Louvre Museum
After spending about an hour gazing up at the Eiffel Tower and enjoying lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel, we guarded our bodies and headed back to the coach. We met up with the rest of our group, loaded up, and headed to the Louvre.
I honestly feel like we didn’t have enough time at the Louvre. We had about 2 hours to explore, and as any art buff will tell you, that’s not enough. It could easily take over 2 hours to see one floor of the museum! But we did our best to see a few things that peaked our interest. Honestly the ceilings and the building were just as much works of arts as were the paintings that filled it.
The great amount of work and detail that went into every nook and cranny of the museum was absolutely astounding. The Louvre was the saving grace of Paris. I was a bit saddened by the Eiffel Tower, but the Louvre seriously made up for all that was lacking.
I find it so amazing that all of this art work was done by hand, including the frames and molding. To see the intricacy of the work done on the ceilings was mind blowing. Every room had a different theme or vibe to it and the works of art were beyond gorgeous. Just one after another filled with highlights, shadows, contours, vibrant colors, and funny looking babies.
I have to say, the amount of naked people in art was interesting. I’m by no means a prude, but every which way you looked there was some private body part of huge proportions on display. Sometimes I wonder when nudity became such a taboo. Obviously history has no issue with naked people doing farm work, so why do we?
The Mona Lisa – In Real Life
Of course I had to take a picture of all the people taking pictures of the Mona Lisa! Briam actually captured on with me in it! That made me laugh because I was being a little judgmental of all these people crowded around a single painting. Teach me to be judgmental, yeah! So I embraced the crowd, pushed my way forward, didn’t even reach the front, stuck my camera in the air and hoped for the best.
And here she is. In all her glory and fame, here is the much-smaller-in-real-life, Mona Lisa. It was actually really cool to see the painting in person. She was tucked away behind a glass wall and blocked off with rope so no one got too close. I actually saw another painting that featured a woman who looked very similar to Mona Lisa basically giving the world the bird. It was funny.
Maxim’s de Paris
Know, listen, it wouldn’t be a trip to Paris without stopping for some macaroons. Luckily for us, Maxim’s was right in the Louvre so we didn’t have to go far. I had tried macaroons here in the states and didn’t really care for them. But let me tell you, we got 8 different flavors from Maxim’s and loved them all!
We ended up bringing back chocolate bars from here as well for my dad and best friend! When in doubt, gift someone chocolate. We wanted to bring back the macaroons, but we ate them all. Sorry guys. Not actually sorry, they were delicious and I regret nothing.
Come back tomorrow for the last day of our amazing trip to London and Paris!
Camera used on the trip: Canon G7 X Mark ii
Backup battery: Canon
Hardcase luggage: Travelhouse 3-Piece Set
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