Wonderful Paris, France!

Warning: this is going to be a pretty big post.

Joseph and I recently took our greatest trip so far–four days in beautiful Paris! It was lovely and wonderful, and I can’t wait to go back again! The city is huge, but in four days I got to see nearly everything I wanted.

April 4

One of the first things we saw in the city:

How adorable is this hotel? I’m not normally the “take-a-photo-of-your-Best-Western-suite” type of gal, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this cute French room. Much better than a Best Western, in my opinion!

The Arc de Triomphe–this was much bigger than I anticipated. I guess I was expecting it to be around the same size as the arches I’ve seen in Rome, but of course Napoleon went all out on this one!

Every time I walked through gravel my nice leather boots looked hilarious! Joseph thankfully found a rag to clean them off–but not until our second day.

The Louvre! Only Europe can make yellow so beautiful.

This was taken inside the famous glass pyramid! I actually thought the pyramid looked pretty ugly and out of place, but it does make for nice photos.

Our first day there I just had to see the Eiffel Tower! I’ve always thought it was beautiful, but I never expected it to be so big! Pictures can not adequately describe how gigantic it is.

We climbed to the first level, and that was high enough for me. After that we sat in the lawn and watched the tower light up as the sun set. By the time the sky was dark, the tower was a solid orange color. In person it looked like it had completely transformed into an orange that looked perfect with the blue sky–as if the metal had actually changed colors.

April 5

The perfect way to do breakfast in France!

A corner (a very small corner–the palace is enormous) of the palace of Versailles

As monumental as the palace is, it’s dwarfed by the actual gardens. You could easily get lost there–now I can understand how Marie Antoinette wondered around for days on these grounds.

My favorite photo from the trip–looking from the Apollo Fountain onto the palace.

After eating lunch on the grass, we walked to Petit Trianon (a smaller palace), behind which I found the cutest thing I have ever seen–a little faux farming village built for Marie Antoinette, called “Hameau de la reine.” Apparently this was built simply for fun and because she enjoyed playing dress-up. Joseph joked that if I were a queen I would have the exact same thing built for me.

The front view of the building pictured above.

Can you tell how happy I was to get to see this? I think this is what heaven looks like.

There were even animals! I saw chickens that looked like Marie Antoinette, goats, sheep, cows, and a big fat pig.

Just before leaving and still a very happy girl (with bad posture)–Versailles was very beautiful! I was hesitant about visiting since the gardens take a while to get through and there’s so much to see in Paris, but I’m really happy I went. It was my favorite day!

April 6

The famous Sainte-Chapelle, built of 15 ornate stain glass windows

Notre Dame

Notre Dame from across the Sienne–it’s strange how different the back is from the front! The back is kind of crazy and spider-like, while the unsuspecting front is straight-laced and flat.

As a future librarian and lover of the Jazz Age in literature (Fitzgerald is my favorite author), the Shakespeare and Company bookstore was a must-see. It was frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and James Joyce, to name a few. You may have noticed Hemingway’s mention of it in A Moveable Feast!

Oh, and it’s really cute.

Buildings along the Sienne

April 7

Our hotel was situated right next to an adorable bakery. We hopped in to get (delicious) sandwiches the day before, and I finally bought a pistachio meringue I had been staring it (the pistachio was just out of frame). It was incredible! Definitely worst the embarrassment of slipping out some Italian when trying to buy it.

We spent our last day in the small neighborhood of Montmartre before we caught our flight back to Venice.

Sacre Coeur

We didn’t see a show but did get a quick view of the outside of the Moulin Rouge

Who would I be if I didn’t take photos of food?

Macarons, which I bought right across from a flower shop!

Crème brûlée–my favorite dessert!

Of all the places I’ve been, Paris has been one of my favorites! This was an overall wonderful trip, and I’m eager for a second visit.

12 comments


  • towerofbooks

    Lovely photos!

    12 April 2009
  • Kerri Cochran

    Ahhh, you’re killing me with these pictures!!!! How amazing! The one of the creme brulee has my stomach growling…and the champagne – oh my!! I especially love the picture of you and Joseph, where he’s looking at you smiling. You guys are just too cute! :)

    12 April 2009
  • Looks like you had an amazing time!
    I went to Paris a couple of years and it was cold and gray and i didn’t know french then, so i hated the place.
    looking at these pictures, i really wish i could go again.

    13 April 2009
  • Oh you are so lucky to be living in Europe… so close to these wonderful places!!!

    15 April 2009
  • Great post! I loved all the images and I’m glad you had such a great time. I think I would have died in that book store!

    27 April 2009
  • This is aerologies@livejournal :)
    I have just seen this post and was, of course, thrilled – Paris is where I hope to live some day! And it seems you’ve seen exactly the right Paris needed to be seen in under five days. In this picture: http://inthewabe.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/3423763886_4c1ff44fdfjpg.jpeg
    I jumped with excitement, because the café at the bottom of the hill is a place I have been often!
    So glad you got to experience such a great trip.

    11 June 2009
  • […] honey, meat and cheese…. When the weather is too cold for gelato, I turn to crepes. On our trip to Paris last spring, our hotel was situated right by a small crepes stand. The man working there got to know us fairly […]

    13 June 2010
  • Tari Beroszi

    hi!! i enjoyed so much looking at your post, and the pictures are beautiful. you made me want to be there right now!! please, i would like to know the name of the hotel you show on the first pic at the top.
    thanks!
    – tari :)

    26 October 2010
    • Alyssa

      Thanks so much!

      We stayed at the Hotel Alexandrie. Here’s the link to their page on Booking.com. If you stay there be sure to try to the crepe stand down the street! :) When we stayed there the room was extremely clean, and I loved the decorations.

      26 October 2010
  • Ahhh, your pictures from Paris! I looked at them before, but found myself scrolling through again. I want to go so badly…since I’m soon to be employed again, I can start seriously saving/dreaming up my first trip to Europe! :) I MUST go to Paris! I just dread being the “hated American” there.

    6 May 2011
    • Alyssa

      I had the same fear of Parisians but found everyone to be very nice. Definitely nicer than Italians!

      Speaking a tiny bit of French can get you very far. Really all the want is to see that you’re at least trying to integrate. Learn how to say, “Do you speak English?” in French, and you’re all good, I promise!

      I hope you can go in the near future! Paris is such a beautiful and interesting city :)

      6 May 2011
  • Barney

    Loved all the pics…can’t wait to go. Would have stayed all day in the bookstore. Thanks for sharing!

    4 November 2015

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