Less than 12 hours after returning from Milano, I was back on a train. This time, my destination was Paris. I’ve been to Paris several times…even once this fall for a meeting. (You may remember the post.) So why was I going again? Well, let’s just say, I found out that Celine Dion was in concert and impulsively bought a ticket. Judge, if you want, but I love her, I’ve never seen her before, and I now live close enough to Paris to impulsively go for an overnight when she is in town!
On the train ride, I started thinking about what I wanted to do during my visit. My goal was to do new things. And of course, I couldn’t come to Paris twice this fall without seeing the Eiffel Tower. I made the following plan:
- Rooftop of Notre Dame
- Christmas Markets on Champs-Elysées
- Eat Macaroons
- Self portrait at the Eiffel Tower
- Celine Dion concert
- Musée d’Orsay
I had a whopping 25 hours to do all of this! Could it be done?!
The train ride was awesome! In less than four hours, I was in Paris! The scenery was lovely – transitioning from snowy Switzerland to the luscious French countryside…
[Upon arriving in Paris, I found myself humming “Do you hear the people sing?” from Les Misérables as I walked past The Bastille.]
[Stop #1: the rooftop of Notre Dame de Paris. The gargoyles were so cool! Definitely worth climbing 422 stairs to the top!]
[I didn’t go inside this trip, but I just think Notre Dame is magnificent.]
[Stop #2: Christmas Markets on the Champs-Elysées…by way of the Louvre, of course]
[Santa loves Nutella crepes, too!]
[For all of my Youngstown friends, they had all of these displays with moving animals. It reminded me of Kraynak’s! Not sure if there was a theme, but the bison seem to be representing the wild, wild west.]
[I’ve taken pictures with Santa in some pretty remarkable places, including North Pole, Alaska this summer. But, I think a snow globe in Paris on the Champs-Elysées is the coolest! I totally would have done this if I had a travel buddy, but I thought it was a little too creepy on my own. Can you imagine?!]
[Stop #3: Macaroons. I did some research on the train (thank you, Google) to find out who has the best macaroons in Paris. Ladurée seemed to be a popular answer, and boy were they delicious! The rest of the trip…and the whole train ride home…and let’s be honest, all day today, I was wishing I bought more.]
[All hopped up on sugar, I made my way to Stop #4: Self-portrait at the Eiffel Tower…to make up for not seeing it on my last visit]
[Stop #5: Celine Dion concert. Maybe I listened to too much Delilah in junior high, but I love Celine. I have so many fun roadtrip memories that include singing her music REALLY loud – alone or with friends. In the car, I seem to think I am as good as her! It was so fun to see her live…even if 75% of the show was in French.]
[Stop #6: Musée d’Orsay]
I made the executive decision to set an alarm for 9:00 on Sunday, knowing that I was exhausted. When I finally made it to Musée d’Orsay, this is what I found…
…a line so long it wasn’t worth waiting in, because I had to catch my train in a couple of hours. I opted for a leisurely brunch and a stroll along the Seine instead. The impressionist art will have to wait until my next visit.
Lessons learned on this weekend in Paris…
- The train makes travel to Paris EASY
- Buy museum tickets in advance
- Celine has a lot more French music than I realized
- The Weather Channel app lies
- Always error on the side of buying MORE macaroons!