Day Four: Paris Recap


The Conciergerie, most famously known for being the prison that held Marie Antoinette captive among many other French prisoners during the French Revolution. 




These were pictures I took of a Cathedral as we walked by. 


We didn't pay to view the inside, but I thought the building itself was interesting looking. 




Pretty gates to a park. 


Arc de Triomphe 


 Arc de Triomphe was built between 1806 and 1836. The construction of the famous arch was commissioned by Napoleon, the French Emperor. He wanted to honor the French Army, known as the Grand Armee at the time, for conquering most of Europe. After Napoleons 1805 victory in Austerlitz, he said to his Army, "You will return home through archs of triumph". This infamous quote became the concept behind the design. Inscribed on the walls of the Arc de Triomphe, are the names of the generals and the battles they fought. The arch was later finished after Napoleons death. 




Because the fashion capital of the world needs a three story Louis Vuitton store. 

We spent the day shopping and popping in and out of a variety of stores. On this specific street, sits a lot of your high end designer boutiques. As we made our way down the road, we came across Louis Vuitton. I love going inside these stores and daydreaming over the possibility of someday being in these designers shoes, successful and world renown. As we walked around LV browsing, I watched this gorgeous Parisian woman dressed in money from head to toe, pick out five brand new handbags from the new Louis Vuitton collection. Not one, not two, but FIVE! That lady was throwing down thousands like I'd never seen someone throw down money before. #fashioncapital

Speaking of Louis Vuitton, have you seen their runway show yet? Watch here



Walking the streets of Paris. 


The buildings are so symmetrical, it's sometimes trippy. Especially when you're in a bus and you're moving down the road at higher speeds. 


I loved this building. It wasn't anything special. Shops on the bottom, apartments on the top. It was just so cute and French looking. 


Every street is always filled with lots of mopeds and motorcycles. 


If you ever find yourself looking for another mode of transportation while in Paris, you can rent these bicycles that sit in stations throughout the city. You rent the bicycle from one location and you can drop it off wherever there's another bicycle station. How convenient is that! 

After we spent half of the day touring museums and walking the streets of Paris, we decided to stop and shop at some souvenir shops. My mom loves Paris. It's a wonder she's never been. One of my dreams in life is to take her to Paris when I can afford too. 

Being that she loves Paris, I wanted to find some fun souvenirs to take home. I bought my sisters a Paris puzzle and my mom a coffee mug (she's a coffee addict). I also bought some Paris postcards to send out while I was still in Paris so they would have Paris postage on them. After I left the souvenir shop, I thought I'd walk around and search for a post office or a store that sold postage so I could mail out my postcards. Confused and lost, with no ability to read or speak French, I stopped and asked this elderly lady walking down the street for help. "Excuse me, do you speak English?" I asked. She looked at me, rolled her eyes, and kept walking..."Well that was rude" I thought to myself. As a young couple began to approach me, I stopped again and asked for help, "Excuse me, do you speak English? Do you know where I could find a post office?" They looked at each other, laughed, and continued walking. The French girl turns around after passing me and mocks me, "Yes we speak English and yes we know where to find the post office." Wow, our tour leader wasn't joking. The French were RUDE! Without the help of the locals, I stumbled across a cafe/convenient counter that happened to sell stamps. I got my postcards mailed out and funny enough, I made it back to the states before my postcards did. 

To read about my final day in Paris, click here

4 comments

  1. paris is sooo beautiful!!!! One day I will make it there. I can't believe just how beautiful the buildings are. I love the bike system too, wish we had that here, such a smart way to get around without needing to walk if it's a longwise away.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  2. I can't believe that the Conceriergie was a prison! It looks too pretty to be one! It sounds like you had an amazing day exploring and shopping and still got to see so much of the city!

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  3. Gorgeous photos! Couldn't you just walk around Paris and stare at the buildings for days? We didn't rent bikes in the city, although that would have been cool, but we did ride them around Versailles on afternoon, which was so much fun!

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