Paris: Monuments

Spring Break Day Two: Paris Part Two
After our morning in the Louvre, we set out to check the monuments off our list. But first things first, it was time for a snack. I read a few blogs before our trip, and heard that a stop at Angelina was a must. We stood in line for a hot second before we saw the restaurant prices, then realized we could go to the pastry counter for a cup of their coveted hot chocolate. You guys. Best. Hot. Chocolate. Ever. In the world of hot chocolates.




From there, we walked to the Arc de Triomphe. (This was not the wisest decision. I killed my feet during this trip.) We also went inside and up to the top of the arc. The monument honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. It was cold and windy, but the view of Paris was well worth the walk up the 284 winding steps. The arc stands over 160 feet tall! We also got our first clear view of the Eiffel Tower.


David and Leah by Arc de Triomphe


Arc de Triomphe street view


Arc de Triomphe arcs


Arc de Triomphe detail


Arc de Triomphe winding stairs


Paris street


Eiffel tower from the Arc de Triomphe


On top of the Arc de Triomphe


After the arc, we took the metro to see the Eiffel Tower up close. Honestly, we tried to fit too much into one day. By this point, our feet were so tired, we were hungry and grumpy (hangry), and it was getting colder and rainier. We decided to come back the next day. (We actually ended up going twice – once in the day time and once at night. Yes, we are crazy.) Our first time under the Eiffel? Not so romantic. However, it is a beautiful, massive structure.


David with the Eiffel Tower


Eiffel Tower from below


Eiffel Tower through flowers


Eiffel Tower Details


Eiffel Tower Leg


Rainy Eiffel Tower


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