There are only two places in the world where we can live happily. At home and in Paris. -Ernest Hemmingway
After seeing Bridget Jones we woke up refreshed the next day ready to see Paris. For our first day, we planned a low key wandering around day. We ended up wandering to some gardens and then wandering to the Louvre. Just a tip about tickets for when you visit the Louvre!! You can wait in a very long line to get into the Louvre or you can purchase your tickets online. If you are prepared, you can do this ahead of time. If you just stumble upon the Louvre on accident, you can do this while standing outside of the Louvre on your phone. They let you right in and you don’t have to wait in any sort of line. Highly recommended.
Like my mother advised, Paris is not where you go to see a movie! Paris is a place of adventure. Now that we were well rested it was time to see the sights.
Oh, this is just a pic of me looking fabulous at breakfast!
This is the face you make when your uber driver goes right past your destination and starts speaking to you in French. Then he lets you out somewhere completely different!
Turns out this theater was what he wanted to show us. It was very beautiful!
We headed on to the gardens at Le Palais Royal! They were gorgeous in the fall so I can’t even imagine what they would look like when everything was alive.
The blocks are called the Colonnes de Buren. In my opinion, a pretty cool little art exhibit in the courtyard.
When you just wander with no set plan you encounter exciting places like the Louvre and the moment is that much more magical because you just stumbled upon it.
I forgot I was taking a selfie and ended up with this very serious look!
We weren’t quite ready to go into the Louvre yet so we decided to check out the Jardin des Tuileries near the Louvre.
While wandering around the gardens we looked up and caught our very first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower!
I could have sat at this fountain all day long.
Of course, the gardens are a great place to enjoy some hot wine and crepes.
After all of our relaxation, we were finally ready to see the Louvre!
This beautiful statue is the Venus de Milo. It is an ancient Greek statue that is believed to be Aphrodite. In case you don’t know, Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of Love. The statue was named after the island of Milos in Greece where it was discovered and is permanently at the Louvre.
Oh hello! This is just me and the Mona Lisa hanging out for the day. The Mona Lisa is absolutely gorgeous! The only problem with the Mona Lisa is all the tourists that surround her. (I know that we were two of them.) She is such a photo op that you can’t truly appreciate her. There is too much yelling and shoving and people hitting you with selfie sticks. #UGH Even with all these complaints we waited to take a photo with her. I believe it looks very similar to the one Beyoncé and Jay Z took with her!
This is a wonderful work of art outside of Gare St-Lazare. It is called Consigne à vie and was installed in 1985. There is another similar statue with clocks by the same artist but I didn’t get a photo of that.