12 posts tagged paris
The five days we spent in Paris were adventurous, breathtaking, exhausting, but overall amazing. I’m so hopeful that we can go back again one day. Then we’ll be able to spend more time in certain areas…and maybe fall in love with the city a little bit more than we are today.
This post will show some of my favorite pictures that don’t necessarily focus around a main Parisan landmark. Have fun scrolling!
Parisan street in Montmartre
Statue at the Pompidou Museum
Ahhhhh, now for the prettiest church we visited during our trip to Paris: Sacre Coeur. Situated on the hills of Montmartre overlooking the city of Paris, this church caught my eye on our first day in Paris. I saw it sitting on a hill and begged Eric to go there.
And you see all those people??? They were EVERYWHERE. They obviously thought it was really pretty as well. (even though they made things difficult for picture taking!)
This church actually suffered substantial damage during World War II, so a lot of work happened following the end of the war. This work included replacing the beautiful stained glass windows. The good news, though, is that you don’t visit Sacre Coeur for the windows. You go for the mosaics. I wasn’t allowed to take photographs while in the church, but I found some images for you here, here and here.
one of my favorite pictures from the trip. The view from the church was breathtaking.
The Louvre was the first stop on our first full day spent in Paris, and man it didn’t disappoint! (We went inside, saw some famous art, but LOVED the outside most of all. Hence, that is what you shall see in the below pictures!)
and on that note, let’s queue the picture roll
the controversial glass pyramids are simply put, quite beautiful.
Up next on my little Paris tour is the one-and-only Eiffel Tower! Built in 1889 as the entrance for the World’s Fair, the beautiful iron tower has become one of France’s most notable structural icons. (and incidentally the site of the infamous TomKat engagement announcement….just saying)
One shocking bit of history is that the Eiffel Tower was never intended to be a permanent structure. In fact, the tower barely survived past the early 1900’s! Without the invention of the radio, we might not have the tower today. In 1914, radio transmitters were place at the top of the tower, placing the tower in a role service to the city of Paris…but more importantly, a reason to stay.
can you even imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower?
and now, some pictures from the top of the tower!
I definitely made Eric take a TON of cheesy pictures in front of the tower. I mean, I’m not sure how many more times we’ll get to be in Paris, taking ridiculous pictures while we sit on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. Also, given the fact that we had to stand in line for almost two hours (due to elevator problems), I was really eager to commemorate the experience!
Anyone have a great Eiffel Tower story?
Today starts my official recap of some of my favorite places we visited in Paris, Barcelona and Majorca! Let’s begin with the most famous Parisan church: Notre Dame.
I was instantly taken by Notre Dame’s beauty from afar. What I didn’t anticipate was how its beauty would increase the closer I walked. The sheer amount of detail on the outside of the church was absolutely stunning. I still cannot fathom the amount of time required to build this wonderful church, but the labor was well worth the effort!