Why I wanted to visit Paris

I can’t tell you how long I’ve had Paris on my bucket list. I remember seeing it on TV when I was young and thinking how beautiful the Eiffel Tower was. For many years, that is all I thought Paris was about. That is all I cared about seeing if I ever went. Little did I know there was much more to see.

I was planning a two week trip to visit different places, so the time in Paris was just a couple of days. I stopped in London first for a few days and then took the train to Paris.

When we left the train station in Paris, I was anxiously waiting to see the Eiffel Tower. I was turning my head every direction to see if I could just get a glimpse of it. Then it happen, I saw the top of it for a split second. I think I could have been happy with just that much. The first time I saw it, I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest. It was just a quick glimpse, but still so exciting.

I’m usually one of those people that put a tight budget on accommodations, but this time, I loosened the belt. It was still tight, but I was only two blocks away from the Eiffel Tower and I could see it when I walked out of my hotel. This was worth every penny.

We stayed at the Le Derby Alma. It was a very nice hotel with a friendly staff. One of the things I liked most was that they provided you with a cell phone you could use to locate restaurants, shopping, and also use for directions. The first thing after checking into our hotel was to go up in the Eiffel Tower. I bought our tickets before hand to go up into the summit, so I didn’t have to wait in the long lines. I would recommend to do this. It saved a lot of time.

We went up to the first landing for about twenty minutes and explored. The view was beautiful. While you are up there, enjoy a glass of champagne and the macaroons.

The view was nice, but it only gets better at the top. You could see so much. I could have stayed up there all day. The only mistake that I made was not choosing a later time to enjoy the sunset.

Notre Dame in the distance
Arc de Triomphe
The Louvre

After we left the Eiffel Tower, we were looking for a place to eat. Keep in mind that Paris has a different schedule for restaurants. They close in the afternoon and open back up in the evening. I would make sure you keep snacks with you. So after we ate that night, we decided to take a walk to the other side of the Seine River. Oh, what a sight. It took my breath away.

We probably sat here for about an hour and enjoy the view and of course, took a lot of photos.

On our way back, we stopped at a crepe truck and had to try it out (get the Nutella. Yum!). We noticed this little area with pictures and flowers and had to take a look. It was pictures of Princess Diana. It was right above the area where her car crashed. It was a sad tragedy. I remember watching the news when I was younger.

Since we were going to Paris, we had to go to Disneyland Paris. We try and go every chance we can go to Disney World at home and hopefully one day be able to go to all six parks. So, this was a must when we went. We took the train to the park. We only had to switch trains once, so it wasn’t too bad. Fourty-five minutes later, we were at the parks. It was also the 25th anniversary for this park.

We chose to do both parks in one day. I was a little disappointed at first because I was comparing it to Walt Disney World and you can’t do that. Each park is unique. I appreciated it more later on. I did like that you could go back and forth between the two parks and were in walking distance. I do recommend you ride the rides that are not at the other parks and then ride the similar rides after. I would also take advantage of the single ride lines if you don’t mind riding with someone else for just a few minutes. We did this and was able to get on some of the rides faster. I loved the castle here better. You could explore and read all about sleeping beauty and you can also see the dragon that protects the castle. If you have any questions on the parks, leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer it.

After a long day, we were exhausted. It seemed like the train ride took forever. The stations confused me more on the way back and got off at the wrong station. It ended up working out great, because I was able to see the Arc de Triomphe at night. My feet were ready to turn in after the long day.

On our last day, with tickets in our hand, we were finally able to see the Louvre. This is another place I recommend to buy tickets ahead of time. It took us about ten minutes to get in with our advance tickets. Trying to find the Mona Lisa was a maze. There are so many different artifacts to see. We could spend hours in there, but was on a time crunch.

Mona Lisa
Stone Moai statue from Easter Island
Visit the Mummy Exhibit

We did the hop on/ hop off bus to see what we could before we had to catch our plane to our next destination.

Did some last minute shopping and off to Venice we go.

I’m going to Paris again in December and hope to see what I didn’t get to see last time. Please leave a comment on some must sees and I will try to see next trip. Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina says:

    I adore your travels, I feel privileged to follow your tracks on every adventure!

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    1. tinastepek says:

      Thank you so much

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  2. Veronica Hendrickson says:

    You are the bomb! I am loving your blog and your timeless travels!!

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  3. Lauren says:

    So awesome that you were finally able to experience the magic of being in Paris!

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    1. tinastepek says:

      I can’t wait to go back. Such a magnificent place

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  4. jennybhatia says:

    Wow. What a whirlwind couple of days with amazing sites. I loved Paris. One of my favorite experiences was the funicular up to Mont Martre. So unique. You have inspired me to try to get back there one day. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. tinastepek says:

      I’m going back in December to see at Christmas. I’ll only be there for a few days again. I’ll have to do look into the Mont Martre.

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      1. jennybhatia says:

        Look into it. Super fun, artsy area. And take the funicular:)

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  5. Vox says:

    Congrats for checking seeing Paris off your bucket list! 🙌🏾 We just visited for the first time last September. We loved the Eiffel Tower, but hated the pervasive cigarette smoke! In fact, the open-air nature of ALL the dining establishments there destroyed any chance we had at realistically enjoying the local cuisine! What we did enjoy was how walkable the city was and how we never seemed to run out of city to explore. I could tell from your photos that you had a quite lovely time. Where to next?

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    1. tinastepek says:

      I had a great time. Next trip I’ll be hitting up about 7 countries around Christmas time to see the markets.

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  6. StrawbsGirl says:

    That was such a fun read! What do you hope to see next time?

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    1. tinastepek says:

      Thank you. I’m planning a trip in December now to go visit a few counties and check out their Christmas Markets. Paris will be one of them

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  7. Carey says:

    Looks like such a fun trip! I enjoyed reading that. I have been to France a few times but have not gone to Paris yet. Maybe next time I need to change that!

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  8. Paris is amazing! It is one of my favorite cities to visit and you covered a lot of ground. I really enjoyed the day trip to Versailles, and all the museums!

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    1. tinastepek says:

      I agree. Paris is just breathtaking and one of my favorites too.

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  9. When we were in Paris, we decided to climb the Arc de Triomphe just before the sunset and it was such a good idea! We also loved Seina river cruise in the evening 🤩 Paris is breath-taking!

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    1. tinastepek says:

      I will definitely have to do both on my next trip there.

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  10. CarolCooks2 says:

    I love Paris especially the older quarters…Thank you for the follow 🙂

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    1. tinastepek says:

      You’re welcome.

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  11. travelgirlto says:

    Paris is my fav! Love your pictures as it totally brings me back to my last trip there! Hope you get to return soon.

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    1. tinastepek says:

      Thank you. I’m going in December to see it around Christmas time. I can’t wait.

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  12. I LOVE PARIS! My favorite city to visit, I couldn’t get enough of the museums and architecture! Glad you hit all the great stuff- I need to go back.

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    1. tinastepek says:

      I’m hoping to hit some different stuff when I go in December. If you have any must dos, let me know

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