Paris 2019 / by Louis Holstein

Paris, France, where do I begin?

I had very high expectations going into this beautiful city, and by the middle of the visit, my expectations were already blown out of the water. With every corner and ally, park and museum, shop and patisserie, there was a charm that is like no other place in the world. Paris put a spell on me. I’m attempting to plan my escape back to the City of lights, but in the meantime I wanted to reflect on this amazing trip.

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We bought the Museum Pass, which got us into over 50 museums and monuments. I found that it was an incredible deal for the price. I was overwhelmed at the scope of art and history found throughout the City. We were able to tackle 4 art museums, 2 churches (including Notre Dame pictured below) and the Arc De Triumph all in two days. The Loruve is as impressive as they come. Being the largest art museum in the world, nothing could prepare me for how big this art museum was. A trip back just to get inside that museum again would be worth the price of a plane ticket.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) This opera house inspired the Phantom of the Opera story.

Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) This opera house inspired the Phantom of the Opera story.

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

A view from the steps of Sacré-Cœur

A view from the steps of Sacré-Cœur

A view from the Musée National d'Art Moderne.

A view from the Musée National d'Art Moderne.

The Parisian culture is so unmistakable. From eating dinner at 8 PM, to always dressing to impress, I could find myself getting lost in this way of life very easily. We loved using the metro and bus system, and chatting with the locals. There is something special about seeing a City through the eyes of those who live there. Paris was everything I could have ever imagined it would be- but better. It’s strange to be blogging about it now, I have so much to say, but I don’t feel the need to write it all out here. I guess some things are better left in the heart. If you have a chance to visit Paris, all I can say is: DO IT.

I’ve linked Ashley and my recent podcast about our travels below.

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