We have arrived in the City of Light and the Capital of Fashion… Paris! As a first time visitor, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than loads of coffee, artisan baked goods, and the Eiffel Tower. Turns out, there’s loads of things to do in Paris — and for free!
Truth be told, I had a difficult time appreciating Paris in the first half of my trip. Everything was just so grandiose, from the cathedrals to the wide streets. With over 14 million tourists each year on top of the 12 million people living in the metropolitan area, it was all a bit overwhelming for a suburban princess like me.
It wasn’t until the third day that I experienced my own magical moment that made me finally understand why everyone swoons over this city. Picture this: Chris and I walking around all over town, checking out various tourist sites, hopping in and out of the underground subway. Following Chris and not inquiring where we were going, we exit the Trocadéro subway station, turn right, and whoa. Speechless. Breathtaking. The Tour Eiffel in all it’s magical glory. I have seen photos of the Tour Eiffel, but I have never imagined it to be so large and mesmerizing. What a magnificent structure. So magnificent, it has been deemed my favorite landmark I have seen in my lifetime.
Ok, Paris, you won over another skeptical soul.