What is it about Paris that just takes your breath away?
Is it the beautiful buildings, the chic Parisians or the romantic spots?
I’m not sure, but I know that I can’t resist feeling excited every time I’m in Paris.
After a whirlwind week in London, I jumped on the Eurostar and two hours later I was in Paris with my lovely Argentine friend Yamila. Every morning we would wake up, rush out to the streets, wave our hands in the air and yell ‘Bonjour Paris!’. The neighbours probably didn’t appreciate it, but that didn’t matter – we would set off to explore Paris with a wide grin on our faces and a breakfast baguette in our hands.
In my opinion, the best way to appreciate Paris is by foot. We strolled across Pont Neuf …
And waved hello to the Eiffel Tower – the very first thing that you must do when you’re in Paris, according to Yamila.
I know it’s cliche to be exploring churches in Europe – but tourists we were and today our mission was to visit Notre Dame.
We had been warned about the flocks of tourists in August, but we really hadn’t prepared to queue up for a line this long!
Fortunately, the queue passed quickly and we were inside this impressive cathedral not too long after.
But you know what I was really excited to see here? The gargoyles in the tower!
You see, I was a bit of a Disney freak growing up and I will always think of this cathedral in the context of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So we climbed up 387 steps (there is no elevator) to the top of the tower to say hi to my gargoyle friends.
There they were waiting for us in their penthouse in Paris.
With smashing views!
I was very tempted to belt out the tune of ‘Out There’ but I had to resist the urge.
As a compromise, I did pretend to be the hunchback Quasimodo in a few photos (but err, they weren’t very attractive to display in the blog).
We came down from the tower with perfect timing – it started to pour down with rain and we had to rush inside a cafe for a hot chocolate. “Un chocolat chaud, s’il vous plait”, I ordered. It’s the only thing I know how to say in French after three years of learning it at high school (oops).
When the rain died down a little, we walked back via the Pont des Arts.
It was definitely a very romantic spot to be in the rain in Paris.
Yami and I promised we’ll return here next time with our lovers!
Until then, bisous x