Paris - Day One

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Notre Dame as seen from the Seine River

We woke up in the morning, jet lagged and little unsure of what we had gotten ourselves into. However, those feelings didn't last long and we were soon anxious to start exploring Paris.

We left the hostel and bought a Carte Orange pass at the metro station for our week in Paris, which turned out to be awesome for saving some money on city travel, and headed straight to the Latin Quarter on the Ile de la Cite. We got a little lost wandering around, our first indication that this was the best way to explore a town or city, before finding the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame, which was absolutely beautiful, inside and out. I don't think we took it in as fully as we could have because we were just so awed to finally be standing in front of it (note: my feelings of wanting to go home ended right about here).

Ile de la Cite

Afterwards, we spent a few hours wandering through the Latin Quarter (and eating our first Parisian crepes) before heading towards the Pont Neuf. The park under the bridge, right next to where you take the Seine River cruise with Vendettes du Pont Neuf, ended up being one of our favorite areas of the entire city. Maybe it was because it was April and therefore less busy, but it was so peaceful in that park and sitting on the banks of the Seine River was so relaxing. Later in the afternoon, we decided to take one of the river cruises up and down the Seine which was lovely but I wish we had waited until it had gotten dark so we could have seen all of the buildings lit up (seems like it would be so romantic!)

After that we decided we were exhausted so we headed back to the Latin Quarter to pick up some baguettes for dinner and then headed back to the hostel for an early night.

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Notre Dame as seen from the Seine …
Notre Dame as seen from the Seine…
Ile de la Cite
Ile de la Cite
Paris
photo by: Sweetski