Feeling a bit French.
My first full day in Paris is, of course, nothing short of BIG. Starting with the ever captivating Louvre museum! The building itself is a sight to see! Although the art pieces were extraordinary with the likes of Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, the coronation of Napoleon, and of course the Mona Lisa (and her mysterious smile), I found it hard to truly stand and enjoy the details with the amount of people shoving and yelling. A must-see; if possible, at a time that is slow...perhaps there is no such thing?!
Next, I took a stroll down the Sienne river. I can see why Paris is the called the "city of love" [corny, I know], but it IS romantic standing at the peaceful Sienne river, listening to the accordion busker (who would have thought it actually happened!), and surrounded by the beautiful architecture of old cathedrals. Even every window is detailed by filigree iron!
Next was my favourite part of the day- the STUNNING Sainte-Chapelle. With the 15 stained glass windows mapping out each chapter from the birth of mankind to the rise of Jesus Christ (to be viewed bottom to top image) I recommend you intend on spending a lot of time there. It was mesmerizing! Love love love it! No more words can describe.
From that, it was a few minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral, and its famous gargoyles. The Gothic building had the most Ornate carvings surrounding the 3 entrances that would surely take all day to appreciate individually! It was WOW. Saw no sign of Quasimodo, but the Palace of Versailles tomorrow will definitely make me feel like a princess.
Then, Wandering past the love locks bridge, I found myself in Luxembourg gardens and enjoyed a chocolate macaron (when in Rome, right?!), which I found underwhelming.... *bracing myself for the macaron lovers charge!!
Back home- 13 hours, over 22,000 steps, tomorrow will be huge... la fête nationale (Bastille day), so..I’m passing out!