Mini Trip to Paris

Looking at the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro.
Looking at the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro.

Last week I spontaneously decided to go on a little mini two-day trip to one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris.

Trocadéro Fountains. It looked like it was summer!
Trocadéro Fountains. It looked like it was summer!

Now that I have more free time on my hands since leaving my job, I just felt like I needed to get away and get a breather from everything else going on in life.  I wanted to be in a place that not only felt familiar and comforting, but that is also inspiring.

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars

Eiffel Tower Sign

The weather was beautiful and even though it was freezing cold it was still really sunny with bright blue skies. I was truly taken aback by how beautiful Paris really is.  I could feel the richness of the culture and the history in all the buildings, parks, monuments and streets of Paris I got to see.

Overlooking La Seine with a view of the Louvre.
Overlooking La Seine with a view of the Louvre.

I got so much inspiration from what I saw and had my camera going the whole time, so much so that I took over 500 pictures! Seems like a lot, but there was just so much I wanted to capture, and it also gave me a chance to really get my photography going again.

La Seine and Pont des Arts Bridge
La Seine and Pont des Arts Bridge

One of the places I made sure to visit was the Pont des Arts bridge, a place I had not actually been to before but over the years I had heard a lot about it.  I love the concept of this bridge, and how couples put a lock on the sides of the bridge to represent the love they have for each other.  As you walk across the bridge you can feel the romance in the air and that this place is full of love.  Sounds corny, I know, but there is something special about it and there aren’t too many places in this world where love is so publicly on display and visible.

The millions of locks on the Pont des Arts bridge. I love how there are colourful ones sprinkled amongst the classic gold.
The millions of locks on the Pont des Arts bridge. I love how there are colourful ones sprinkled amongst the classic gold.

Since I went on this trip by myself, it allowed me the freedom to just wander the streets of Paris and to go see and do exactly what I want.  I could go at the pace I wanted and could take as much time as I wanted at each place.  In fact even though I have previously lived in Paris for years, this trip was one of the first times I was properly seeing the city.

The courtyard of the Louvre with the glass Pyramide du Louvre
The courtyard of the Louvre with the glass Pyramide du LouvreBeautiful Parisian buildings lining the side of the Jardin des Tuileries.Beautiful Parisian buildings lining the side of the Jardin des Tuileries.
Jardin des Tuileries Fountain looking out to ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.
Jardin des Tuileries Fountain looking out to ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.

During these two days I went to and got to see Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, walked along the seine from Musée d’Orsay to Pont des Arts, The Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, the Cartier Exhibition, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Place Vendôme, Église de la Madeleine, rue du (Faubourg) Saint-Honoré, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Porte Maillot.  Now that I think about it, I saw quite a lot of Paris in such a short time. It was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!

Beautiful light on the Petit Palais opposite to the Grand Palais
Beautiful light on the Petit Palais opposite to the Grand PalaisPlace VendômePlace VendômeÉglise de la MadeleineÉglise de la Madeleine

Wherever I went I was flooded with the memories of when my family lived there and it felt like I was home again.  Even the metro made me think of those wonderful summer days when I would be heading into town to go study for my exams on the Champ de Mars with all my friends.  I love how smells, sounds, sights, can conjure up such so strong feelings and memories, especially like it always does in Paris.

Looking up the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. I love how the street lights up at night!
Looking up the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. I love how the street lights up at night!

Thus, I can highly recommend to anyone, that they take a couple days and just go somewhere; can be near or far, whatever suits you.  It gives your mind a time to breathe and helps reenergize you so that you come back to normal life feeling refreshed and ready to tackle what lies ahead. Everyone needs a break once in a while, so might as well make it memorable and go somewhere for you.

Gorgeous house looking all majestic at the bottom of the Champs-Élysées.
Gorgeous house looking all majestic at the bottom of the Champs-Élysées.
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