We stayed at Hotel Mirific in Paris. 4 tiny beds in a small room. By now my suitcase had a broken wheel, weighed 90lbs, and was so ridiculously difficult to pull up the spiral staircase at the hotel. So by the time we got settled, I was feeling crazy.
The streets were narrow and charming and super hilly to navigate to the church.
I really enjoyed the view from Sacre Coeur, which was on top of a hill.
And continued risking our lives to take photos of it.
We took a steep spiral staircase to the top- which I personally thought had a much better view of Paris than the Eiffel Tower.
Sadly, the photos from the tour are lost. But it was incredible seeing the start to end process of how a clarinet gets made.
We went to the Eiffel Tower.
It was really cool to see something in person that I had only only seen online or TV.
I always wanted to return to Paris and have a picnic on the grassy field in front of the tower. Bottle of wine, baguette, stinky soft cheese... Heaven
I plan to recreate these photos when we go to Paris soon.
The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Cheesing it up at the carnival below the tower.
And we went inside the cathedral.
We also went inside Cathedral St Chappelle which was even more gorgeous than Notre Dame.
We went to the Louvre.
And saw the sad Mona Lisa in its protective box surrounded by hoards of tourists snapping photos.
We saw the Seine river.
We also went to Musee D'Orsay which contained all of the impressionistic paintings from Monet, Manet, Degas, etc. It was really cool to see "Waterlilies" and other works I had only seen in books.
We also went to the Pere LaChaise cemetary which was a short ride by subway.
We saw Chopin, Poulenc and Bizet's graves (all composers), as well as Jim Morrison's grave (from The Doors)
And then after a whirlwind 15 days, it was time to come home and back to reality.