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Paris Recap: Part 2

I feel like I'm dragging out this vacation for far longer than I should be, but this is the last post about my trip to France (I promise!). I've already talked about the first part of my trip here, and then my first two days in Paris here. Today I'm wrapping up the recaps with my last two days in Paris! These last two days were probably my favorite of the whole trip, and definitely an amazing way to wrap up the vacation.

Thursday was another busy day following Wednesday, but I think it may have been my favorite. We began the day by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and the area surrounding.

We then left Notre Dame and went to the area around the Centre Pompidou for lunch. Let me just say that until you experience the pastry shops like the ones around here you have not lived. 

oh. my. gosh.

We also had a chance to explore the gardens of the Musee Rodin, but unfortunately the actual museum was closed, so we didn't get to go inside.

Finally, the best part of the whole trip, the Latin Quarter!! The Luxembourg Garden was fabulous and it's my new favorite place, for sure. We explored the garden and the town and stopped for a snack before seeing a play followed by an amazing dinner.

Friday was our last day, and it was surprisingly pretty laid back. We started off the morning by exploring the Tuileries garden where we were spotted and invited by a funny PR kid asking us to come participate as the audience for a french reality TV show at the most famous studio in all of Paris! Of course, opportunities like these don't come everyday, so we couldn't say no. It was such a fun experience and honestly so hilarious because we had no idea what was going on. After the show, it was hitting lunch time, so we walked over the bridge to the Musee D'Orsay.

One fun fact about Paris, the most famous and original lock bridge is called the Pont des Arts, but there are a ton of bridges in Paris because the Seine River runs right through the city, and almost all of them have locks on them. This bridge is just one of the random ones and you can see how many locks there still are.

View from inside the Musee D'Orsay, the modern art museum.

After the Musee D'Orsay, we hopped on a train to Versailles, where we took a tour of the Palace of Versailles and hung around in the gorgeous and abundant gardens. This was such an amazing way to finish off the trip. The weather was amazing and it was so fun to enjoy ice cream cones by the water and watch people boat and bike around the gardens. The actual palace itself is unreal... real gold everywhere, inside and outside, and it's one of the biggest castles in all of France. When I first saw it, I was almost shocked at what I saw! It looks like a tiny village drenched in gold from far away.

Following, we went to a creperie for dinner where I had the best meal of my life. My dinner crepe consisted of goat cheese, honey, walnuts, and salad, which was so amazing I almost cried. Oh, and then my dessert crepe was almost even better. Honestly, I don't know how I've lived since. Caramel, chocolate, pralines.... oh my. I can't even talk about it.

The last thing we did on Friday was a 10:30 PM Eiffel Tower excursion where we went to the top and saw Paris at night from above. incredible.

Arc de Triomphe

Have you ever been to France? What was your favorite place?

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