Days 1 and 2 of my trip to Paris were pretty great with a lot of walking, a lot of climbing and some amazing pastries so it was safe to say we had high expectations for the next two days of the trip.
Saturday morning started off lazy again and then we headed off in search of The Louvre. The museum was meant to be about a ten-minute walk from our hotel but due to getting lost/ sidetracked it took us almost an hour of hunting until we finally spotted the iconic pyramids. I’ve been to the museum before and it is fascinating and so I was pretty excited to explore it again. The Venus De Milo is still my favourite item in the museum and it was nice that it wasn’t too packed around here to get a proper look, although not the same can be said about the Mona Lisa. There was way more security around the painting than I saw last time and it was packed, I wanted to shout to everyone to turn around and see the epic last supper painting on the wall opposite! After leaving the Louvre we managed to spot the bridge where the locks had been moved to and it was so sweet reading the notes on them all.
Next up we visited the Musee De L’Orangerie which is home to the Monet Water Lilly paintings (I know such a cultured day! haha). The queues here took way longer than the Louvre surprisingly but it was an amazing galleries. I thought the Water Lilly’s was a singular painting but it’s actually eight paintings which make up the Water Lilly collection, all seemingly similar but shown through different times of the day so some are light and airy like it would be at dawn and others dark and eerie. There was another massive exhibition downstairs housing Picasso paintings and various more which was also really interesting to look over.
As we barely ate anything today we opted for a pretty big early dinner down the Champs Elysees which we had been to the day before then it was time to make our way back to the Eiffel Tower for a night time viewing. We’d seen the lit up tower and it’s on the hour sparkling lights the night before but it’s a totally different experience up close and I honestly think the tower is even more beautiful at night. As we had already gone up to the top the day before we opted to go to the second level and walk it. I don’t know how many steps it was up, I didn’t want to scare us before we started, but it was so worth the walk for the views, especially as the tower sparkled while we were walking, Although thank god my epilepsy isn’t bad as it was like strobe lights going mental!
After snapping loads of pictures and trying not to cry from the wind we made our descent and got some well-deserved Nutella crepes which are incredible and gave us time to see the tower sparkle again for the next hour. It had to be done!
Sunday was a day we didn’t do a great deal as by the time we had packed, had breakfast and checked out of hotel we only had about four hours to kill before we had to head to the airport 🙁 so we opted to head to the Les Invalides museum which is where Napolean’s tomb was housed in a really pretty domed building. It was really interesting to look around although annoyingly it decided to rain quite a bit when we were queuing up so we did look like drowned rats pretty quickly. We had just enough time after to grab a quick bite to eat and pop to some souvenir shops on the way to collect our bags before the journey to the airport.