I’ve talked a bit about our Honeymoon in Paris before and ALL THE FEELS I had during it. You’ve been oh-so-patient waiting for my post about things we did. I’m excited to bring you all the landmarks today with my Paris Bucket List! There were so many things on my bucket list that I wasn’t sure we’d see them all. Let’s knock a few of the ones you already know about first and then explore some others you may not have considered!
We couldn’t avoid seeing the Eiffel Tower since it was RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR HOTEL. It was so freaking cool, I’m not even going to lie. We walked around the area our hotel was in and around the Eiffel Tower. The line was long. Clearly, I did not heed the advice of the online people and we left a bit late to go see it. But I needed a pain au chocolat, people. #NoRegrets
We went to the very top of the Eiffel Tower and the lookout that is 2nd to the top, as well. The views were absolutely incredible. Something I will never, ever forget. I didn’t even care how crowded it was, I couldn’t believe this was MY REAL LIFE. I’m was just a gal from ‘ol Southern Illinois looking down at the Seine. No words.
We got up pretty early since we went to bed so early the night before. We had a quick breakfast and then headed to the Louvre. We had 4-day Paris passes so we got to skip the line. 10 out of 10 recommend this as it saved us a ton of time! Even though we got there early, there was still quite a line in front of the Louvre.
We fought our way to the front of the group to see THE Mona Lisa! So much smaller than you’d imagine. She was perfect though. 🙂
Pont de Arts Bridge
Pont de Arts is the famous Paris “lock bridge” where people would secure locks in the name of their love! We did get to see a few of the remaining locks. Most of them were cut off by the City of Paris when the bridge started to weigh too much. Sad.
Shakespeare & Company
We had lunch and then headed to Shakespeare & Company. This is something my fellow book nerds will ‘get’ and be jealous of. Shakespeare & Company is THE bookstore to go to in Paris. We each purchased a book and even though I wasn’t supposed to and got in trouble, I took a photo.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg was absolutely beautiful! And we got to see where Marie de’ Medici spent her days after she built herself the palace that was there. Super cool for this fan of the tv show, Reign. I found another insta-worthy spot, but this time my Hubby volunteered to take my photo. Did you see the Eiffel Tower in the background?!
Arc de Triomphe
There is a tunnel that takes you under the roadway and then to the actual Arc. We then climbed up all 284 stairs. I literally am so out of shape I almost died, guys. Hubby was asking me “are you ALRIGHT?!” “Are you going to make it?!” This was when I learned the value of carrying a bottle of water with you everywhere, folks! The views from Arc de Triomphe were amazing! So worth it.
Napoleon’s Tomb – Musée de l’Armée
Formerly a prison, it is now used for law courts mostly. This is where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before her death. They have some of her belongings still inside the Conciergerie. Hundreds were imprisoned here during the French Revolution and it was so interesting to learn about their last days and life in France during that time period.