Parisienne Skylines

Every visit to Paris requires a trip to the Eiffel Tower. It’s basically obligatory.

Not only is the structure itself a gorgeous piece of iron artwork, but the views from each level are unbeatable.

When we first happened upon it, spotted between the trees, it was breathtaking. Yes, I had seen it before, but still. I had forgotten just how grand it truly was.

Paris eiffel tower
Paris eiffel tower

We hiked up the stairs because I for one, was not waiting in those long long elevator lines. Besides, I had a few pastries in mind for the afternoon so the exercise was pre-emptively necessary.

After a few huffs and puffs we reached the first level. And the reward was worth it. Breathtaking views of the Champs de Mars, and of course, those classic tin rooftops as far as you could see. Mix that all in with a few golden domes and there you have it, the Paris skyline.
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Paris eiffel tower
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Paris eiffel tower
Paris eiffel tower
Paris eiffel tower

360 degree views of the city. So totally worth the 15 euros. Paris eiffel tower
Paris eiffel tower

Huffing and puffing again we climbed up a few more stairs to the second level. After which, we thankfully hopped onto an elevator and rode it straight up to the top! Be sure to close your eyes if you’re scared of heights…Paris eiffel tower
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Paris eiffel tower
Paris eiffel tower
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Paris eiffel tower

Thankfully you’re protected from an iron wire. Just make sure you hold onto that camera!

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Now, for the best views of the Eiffel Tower in all its glory, everyone knows you need to climb down those stairs and walk your butt across the river to the Trocadero.

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Paris trocadero eiffel tower
Paris trocadero eiffel tower
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Paris trocadero eiffel tower

Feeling pretty famished from walking up and down those 1,710 stairs we headed for a bite to eat. There was only one thing on my mind: pizza.
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Mom chose a vegetable tartare since she was feeling a bit healthy. It wasn’t the best (but it came with fries at least!).
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Afterwards we trekked through the 16e, looking for an office I’ve really aspired to work at. Goals anyone?

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^ Obligatory oecd-wannabe picture ^

To finish up our “little” Paris sightseeing tour, we walked back down Victor Hugo to the Champs Elysees. What did we see? The one and only Arc de Triomphe.


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Arc de triomphe paris

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Arc de triomphe paris

After wandering around (in the blazing heat yet again) we were in dire need of refreshments. Thankfully, this time I had just the place in mind. Just a hop and a skip down Champs Elysees was Laduree.

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Macarons are piled high and delicate pastries line the counter.
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laduree paris champs elysees
laduree paris champs elysees
laduree paris champs elysees

We snagged a few macarons for later and then grabbed a seat on the patio. pic2
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We glanced through the menu, but mom knew what she wanted already (and me too!). Pastries. Like, duh. 

She chose a raspberry/strawberry gem stuffed with whipped cream while I went for a rich hazlenut and chocolate number. Now holy crap were these bad boys tasty. I am still dreaming about mine.

To wash it down, and gain that much needed refreshment, we selected ice teas and sipped them casually while we sat in the warm summer breeze. Bliss. Pure bliss.

The patio was quiet and relaxing. We sat there and just soaked in what it meant to be in Paris in the summer.

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pic3The way back home we strolled through a few more Paris streets, and stopped in at a church or two. When you’re in Paris, everything is worth a stop!DSC07723 DSC07730
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Proceed to Paris Itinerary Day 4 as part of my 5 day itinerary for Paris

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