For those of you who don't know... I had absolutely NOTHING to do with planning my honeymoon. This was the one part of the wedding planning that I left completely up to MD. I knew deep down that I could not plan a wedding and a honeymoon vacation all on my own, and I figured that my attention to detail would be better served in planning our wedding... so it was up to MD to plan this vacation. After he did such a good job planning our anniversary (and engagement) trip to Williamsburg last year I knew that he was up for the task and that he would do a fantastic job. And let me tell you... he did not disappoint.
So the honeymoon was supposed to be a surprise for me... but my future mother-in-law accidentally spilled the beans about part one of the honeymoon when the 3 of us were in the car together and she turned to MD and said "Did you get a lock to put on the bridge when you go to Paris?" and then proceeded to get a look of pure horror on her face as MD glared at her from the other side of the car. Of course in the back seat I was ecstatic because well I LOVED Paris when I went there during my time abroad and I was so excited to be able to go back when I had money and could actually do some of the things I wanted to do the last time I was there.
As it turns out MD did get us a lock for when we go to Paris. And not only did he get us a lock...he got us a personalized lock!!
|Our personalized lock for Paris!|
Day 1 in Paris was just spent walking around a bit and trying to familiarize ourselves with where things were located in relationship to our hotel. We walked along the river and eventually decided to check out the museum of natural history. While there we saw lots of bones (MD seemed to enjoy this more than I did) and then we walked through the gardens before deciding to head towards Notre Dame.
|Mural outside of what we later discovered was an art museum|
|Museum of Natural History|
|Lots and lots of bones...|
|Pretty flowers in the gardens|
|We found a duck!|
|Outside of Notre Dame|
|Chilling outside Notre Dame|
|Typical Paris building|
|Cool street lights while waiting to get inside Notre Dame|
|Rose Window from the inside... have like 30 pics of this!|
|Obsessed with the stained glass!|
|Our lock! Notice it is NOT the personalized one... well that is cause this girl managed to forget the personalized on at home... whoops!|
|Us with our lock!|
|Waiting for the BatoBus with Notre Dame in the background|
|Hubby taking pictures outside the Louvre... doesn't he look like a pro!|
|Pyramid outside the Louvre|
Once we got to the Arc we decided that we were going to climb to the top. Let me tell you... 284 stairs is A LOT of stairs. We made it to the top though and the view was absolutely breathtaking! I wish the weather had been better for us, but hey, the view was still pretty!
|View from the top of the Arc|
|Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc|
After climbing to the top of the Arc we were beat and decided that it was time to head back to the hotel and to dinner. We wanted to call it an early night again because well we still had to make it to the Eiffel Tower and we knew that we wanted to get there early the next morning. We actually did manage to wake up early on Day 3 so that we could get to the Eiffel Tower at a reasonable time. Before heading to the Eiffel Tower we took a nice walk to the Hotel DeVille. This was something I hadn't seen the last time I was in Paris, so I was curious to see what all the hype was about. It didn't disappoint. I so enjoyed looking at all the statutes carved out along the outside of the building and took a million pictures to prove it!
|I LOVED this carousel|
The last thing we had to do on our Paris adventure was a wine tasting! This was one of the things I was most excited about on our trip. I LOVE my wine and I was super excited that the hubby had managed to schedule a wine tasting for us while we were there. The tasting was super informative and of course we tried a bunch of new wines... and found the the hubby might actually like some of them!
Paris was an amazing first stop to our honeymoon!! We had such a great time and we know we definitely want to go back at some point because although we saw so much there was still so much more to see!
Stay turned for Honeymoon Part 2 to find out where we went for the 2nd half of our honeymoon and to discover how the hubby told me what we were doing!
Continuing the tradition... something I am thankful for... Thinking about traveling makes me think about my time abroad. I am so thankful for my parents and Professora Guerrero for encouraging my to study abroad during my junior year at Bucknell. Through that experience I grew so much as a person... gained so much confidence in myself... and discovered my love of traveling. I would not be the person I am today without having had this experience and I am thankful every day that they "forced" me to go!