Paris in Springtime🌸
There's nothing more beautiful than Paris during springtime.
Jaselle and I landed in the city of love late on a Thursday and met up with Jaselle's old friend, Sophie. Now, I wish everyone in the world could meet Sophie. She's the sweetest, most charming woman on earth and I would gladly have stuffed her in my suitcase to take her on the rest of our Euro trip -- but, you know, that would be illegal.
Anywho, we got in late, but we couldn't pass up a chance to do Thirsty Thursday in one of the most famous cities in the world. With that, I slipped into a tight dress and we headed out to a bar.
Paris may be the only place where simply walking the streets is as wonderful as going out to a dimly lit bar. The journey to the little pub was just as exciting as the bar itself. There's something about Paris that makes you feel beautiful and sexy and charming.
Soooo anywho, our official Parisian adventure began that Friday with our first stop being a cute little bakery near Sophie's apartment.
The trip to the shop was riddled with beautiful Juliet balconies and French-style buildings that nearly took my breath away. Naturally, I did the absolute most. I channeled every French film actress I had ever seen to come up with the perfect outfit. I wore a floral, calf-length skirt with a white top and a pink scarf around my neck.
Jaselle and I left the bakery with croissants, tarts, rolls and everything else we just had to have. We made our way to the Eiffel Tower and I was so excited I could hardly breathe -- seriously, ask Jaselle! I had to stop and calm myself.
The tower was even more stunning than I'd imagined.
After taking several photos and videos, Jaselle and I sat beneath the iron structure eating and enjoying the lively atmosphere -- and the sun. It was so great! We soon made our way over to the water where we chatted and ate some more and took more pictures. We turned into 5-year-olds, giggling and spilling crumbs all over ourselves.
It was wonderful.
We packed a lot of sight-seeing into one day. We made our way to the Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, the Sacred Heart of Paris, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Now, let me tell y'all how I almost got snatched up and thrown out of the cathedral. But it wasn't my fault, I swear. Jaselle and I honored the rules of the cathedral, and I made my way into the main hall for mass -- with no intentions of going to mass.
See, the plan was for Jaselle to snap a pic from the outside of the main hall while I got as close to the altar as possible so she could take a dope picture. Apparently, I wasn't allowed to approach the altar, BUT NO ONE TOLD ME THAT! I didn't even go all the way up! I stopped midway between the seats and the altar and began to kneel down for the photo. Out of the corner of my eye, I see the priest and his boys eyeing me down, ready to snatch me up.
We got the picture and I quickly shuffled out of there. It was a close call, but I made it out unscathed.
So, as you can see, the day was full of adventure, food and beautiful sights! And day two was just as breathtaking.
I'd always wanted to visit The Louvre. Of course, we couldn't see even a quarter of the massive museum in only a few hours. It was so much to take in it was almost overwhelming. From Greek sculptures to Islamic art, Jaselle, Sophie and I wandered around each exhibit all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. The Louvre took a lot out of us, but we got a sudden burst of energy when we learned that the Mona Lisa was at the museum.
"This is the best day of my li-i-ife!" I yelled like a fool as I barreled through small children and the elderly to get to Leonardo da Vinci's famous work -- yeah, I was not on my best behavior.
I managed to elbow through the crowd to get to the front of the display, where the painting was roped off and encased. It was so dope. And I didn't want to leave, but Jaselle managed to pull me away for an awesome breakfast at this poppin' brunch spot called Benedict -- you all should go one day.
After lunch and a much-needed nap, we were off to the place Jaselle was most excited about: the Palace of Versailles.
Listen, the Palace of Versailles was LIT, y'all! The massive royal chateau was absolutely stunning, fit for the Sun King himself. From the grand apartments to the Hall of Mirrors, the palace was the most extravagant thing I'd ever seen in my life. We could have explored all day, and although we weren't able to visit the lavish garden, we had more than our fill of the grandiose estate.
I left Paris early the next morning with my heart so full. Jaselle, being the travelista she is, was the perfect tour guide, and was so knowledgable about everything the city had to offer. I hated leaving sweet Sophie and I hated leaving beautiful Paris, the only thing that was able to pull me away was the knowledge that we'd soon be in Barcelona☀️