Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paris Day 1




After months of planning and approximately 15 hours of traveling, we finally arrived to the City of Lights around 10 a.m. We stayed in the Latin Quarter, which is the area south of Notre Dame. We chose this location because it is very central and close to many of the attractions in Paris. This riverside area also attracts a younger crowd and has many restaurant, bars and shops. 






We opted on staying in a rental apartment rather than staying in a hotel. We found our apartment on Homeaway. We paid 50% less and gained 50% more living space. Our one bedroom apartment on Rue Monge was completely furnished and even had a kitchen, washing machine and living room. Every morning we would walk downstairs and buy fresh French bread and croissants from Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger, just two doors down, and enjoy it with butter and strawberry jam from our fridge! 



One of the first days there, we walked to the farmers market and bought fresh lilies for our coffee table. 

Because we were a little jet-lagged, we decided not to pack too much sightseeing into the first day and to simply explore the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame and St. Chappelle. It was also raining that day, which limited what we could do. After we unpacked and rested for a bit, we began to walk a short distance towards the Notre Dame. 



We crossed over Pont de l'ArchevĂȘchĂ© (also known as the “Love Bridge” because couples place locks with their names on it and toss the key in the Seine River in the name of eternal love).



We then passed through The Square Jean XXIII, a peaceful little park near the river in the back of Notre Dame. 






Next, we headed towards the front of the building and waited in line to enter. This medieval cathedral is not to be missed! It took workers 170 years to build it beginning in 1163. 







Next, we waited in line on the side of the north building to walk up the steps to the top of the Notre Dame. This breathtaking view of the city is worth the climb! No Paris trip is complete without a visit to Notre Dame.







After visiting the Notre Dame, we walked a few blocks west to St. Chappelle. Both churches are located on the same island called Ile de la Cue. Paris originated in this island over 2,000 years ago. The 15 stained glass windows in this church are a true jewel and works of art in itself.  The brilliant colors shine through the windows like magic. It is simply beautiful.



Finally, we ended our day with a leisurely walk through the Latin Quarter. This area is named after the students who once lived in the area who spoke Latin. 


Place St. Michel contains an impressive fountain with a bronze statue of St. Michael killing the dragon.



We traveled back east towards our apartment and encountered the narrowest street in Paris – Rue de Chat qui Peche – and the narrowest house in Paris – 22 Rue de Severin. 



Next, we purchased a French cookbook in Shakespeare and Co. at No. 37 Rue de la Bucherie. Any book bought here is marked with a Shakespeare and Co. stamp.
  

Of course, we had to stop and have some crepes along the way. The best ones are from the Creperie stands outdoors.


On our next post, Day 2, we will take you on our journey through Versailles.

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures from a wonderful trip!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is a dream. How beautiful that you are making memories and beautiful experiences to bind your relationship with.
    Thank you for sharing this experience. I love seeing your smiles and that one of the first things you did was walk and buy the fresh lilies.
    Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Catherine.. We just love to travel and experience new things.. Its something we will never forget.

      Delete
  3. Paris is a wonderful place. You have captured the magical essence so well! Love re-visiting with you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. =) Thank Chris.... Theres more to come...

      Delete
  4. What a great post and gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time. You "take me back" with your descriptions and the places you visited. My husband and I honeymooned there in 2009. Just lovely!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Georgia.. Even though its a larger city, its so beautiful and historical....

      Delete
  5. I'm turning green with envy! What great pictures - thanks for sharing your trip! Can't wait to see more!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! We will be posting blog posts about Paris at least 2-3 times a week.

      Delete
  6. What a wonderful and lovely trip! Ryan and I went to Paris last May and we had the time of our lives. These pictures brought me right back. I love those locks on the bridges. Makes for pretty pictures! Thank you so much for sharing your travels with us!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Enjoy Paradise...it's the most romantic city I've been to, thanks for bringing memories back...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome. Thanks for following our blog!

      Delete
  8. Lovely clicks! A wonderful place to visit.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
  9. A wonderful place to visit.

    ReplyDelete
  10. We were just there in April and your post makes me ready to go back already!! Gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  11. You're bringing back beautiful memories of our trip to France last June! So much fun!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've been to Notre Dame several times, but never to the top!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I totally should have hid in your suitcase! I hope to visit Paris one day...and yes rental apartment sounds like great choice. Great to find that out from you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it was a great idea.. You need to plan to visit sometime.

      Delete
  14. Great pics!!! Great info & tips!!! Leaving for Paris this Thursday so this comes in handy! Looks like you had an amazing time. Look forward to your next post!

    ReplyDelete
  15. thanks a lot for the garden behind the notre dame hahaa i was looking for it so hard LOL tq

    ReplyDelete
  16. I know this is an old blog post of yours, but it's super useful for me as I'm planning on going to Paris this June. I love all your pictures and posts. :)

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips