Our Honeymoon: ParisPosted: October 9, 2014
James and I knew well before our engagement that we would be going to France for our honeymoon. Paris was actually a very important piece of James’ marriage proposal. We spent most of our twelve day honeymoon outside of Paris itself, but made sure to devote four days entirely to exploring the gorgeous city. Being individuals who greatly value design and architecture, Paris offered an endless amount of opportunity for us to explore to our hearts’ fill. It seemed that every corner we turned presented a whole new set of buildings, bridges, and gardens to fall in love with.
We spent many hours each day walking on both sides of the Seine. All of the bridges that cross the river are beautiful, but the most ornate is Pont Alexandre III.
When we weren’t walking, we were making use of the city’s extensive metro. There are a few different styles of Metro signs from different eras that mark the station entrances. Our favorite is the red one on the far right.
Our first views of Paris came when we emerged from the train station under the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. Our first night was spent in a lovely hotel nearby that offered gorgeous views and easy access to the Champs-Elysées.
On the top of everyone’s list of sights to see in France is the Eiffel Tower. Although we like the structure, and value its iconic significance, it is not on our list of favorites in the city. There are so many other buildings that have more merit artistically.
The top of the tower was closed, so this picture was taken from the second level. Here you can see the beautiful roof of the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées. We were very excited to see the interior of the building, but it was not open to the public during the three days that we attempted to enter.
Right next to the Grand Palais is the Petit Palais. We took advantage of its free entrance a couple of times and ate lunch in a charming courtyard inside. Although impossible to choose a favorite, these two monuments sitting right next to each other on La Rive Droite may be our top spot in the city.
Another one of our favorites is the Hôtel de Ville. All around the building are statues depicting figures from the city’s history.
Notre Dame de Paris sits on Île de la Cité across the Seine from Hôtel de Ville. The famous cathedral is one of many that we toured throughout our trip.
Another beautiful cathedral is the Église Saint-Augustin de Paris. We happened across this dome while wandering through the city on our first day, and were able to take a quick peak inside to admire its opulent interior. There are so many monuments in Paris that you can’t help running into one every couple of blocks.
Of all the cathedrals that we visited, Sainte-Chapelle was certainly the most unique. Its high ceilings and stained glass windows were truly awe inspiring. The colors are striking, and its use of alternating fleurs-de-lis and arms of Castilla are a wonderful motif.
Right next to Sainte-Chapelle, on the facade of the Palais du Justice lies the oldest clock in Paris, which went through a restoration just recently.
We walked through more than half of the twenty arrondissements of Paris. Here I am on the steps of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre district of the XVIIIe arrondissement.
Both of the hotels that we stayed in had amazing views of the mansard roofs of Paris. It’s fascinating how much stylistic consistency still exists from Haussmann’s renovation of the city during the Second Empire.
Here is another gorgeous rooftop from Musée d’Orsay. We were unable to go inside the museum on our trip. There are so many museums in Paris, but we knew that we wouldn’t have much time to explore them.
We did go inside of the Musée du Louvre to see a tiny fraction of the artwork on display there.
Here is a courtyard that we saw from out the window of the Denon wing.
L’Hôtel national des Invalides is quite a sight from across the Seine.
One of the highlights of the trip was a cruise down the Seine at sunset, which we did for my 26th birthday. It was an absolute treat, and a lovely way to spend my birthday evening.
We took hundreds of photos on our honeymoon, and these cover only some of our favorites from Paris. Over the next few weeks we will be posting more photographs from the other cities we visited on our twelve day adventure in France.