December 9th, 2018 and December 10th, 2018
Recap + Travel Photography
Picking up from where part 1 of this travelogue to Paris left off, which covered days 1 and 2 of the trip, days 3 and 4 of our journey to France were incredibly active. Things on the morning of December 9th kicked off with a brief walk over a pedestrian bridge spanning the Seine, and that brought us to our first stop of the day, The Louvre. We all wanted to make sure the famous art museum was on our agenda, and we had ample time to explore its treasures. The visit to The Louvre allowed us to see such masterpieces as The Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, The Coronation of Napoleon, and many other fabulous works of art. I was absolutely captivated by seeing The Winged Victory of Samothrace in person along with the incredible collection of ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian pieces housed in the museum. At times, The Louvre was overwhelming with the sheer number of things to see, but it really was a good form of being overwhelmed.
Once our visit to The Louvre was completed, we decided to see much more of the city by way of a hop-on / hop-off bus. This method allowed us to see all the high points and landmarks of the city, some which we had already viewed, and gave us a chance to relax along the way. I think my favorite part of the tour was when it drove past The Trocadero and presented a stunning view of The Eiffel Tower. We all knew we had to return the next day to spend some time with this perspective and this view.
Our last day in Paris, December 10th, started bright and early. After breakfast, we got back on the bus and stopped at The Trocadero. The elevation of the landmark is what allows such great views of The Eiffel Tower, and that is how I got the image you see at the beginning of this post. One can spend hours there photographing and taking in the view of the city, but we had other things to do, such as a boat tour of The Seine. Even though it was a bit cold, the tour was a lovely way to see Paris from the river that runs through the city.
After the boat tour concluded, we decided to tackle The Eiffel Tower once more and attempted to go to the top of the structure. This was easier said than done. The tickets we purchased required climbing the first two levels of the tower, some 300 steps each. Once the first climb was done, we decided the view on that level was well enough and declined to go any further. No one was complaining about missing out on getting to the top so no harm, no foul. A jump back on the bus then took place and allowed us to catch wind of our final stop of the evening.
As we were riding the bus to the Montmarte area of Paris, we saw signs of a Christmas carnival and market near The Louvre. We investigated a bit and came to find out it was the “Christmas Magic” market at the Tuileries Garden. This was a visual and sensory feast as it combined the aspects of a Christmas market with that of a fair. Rides, vendor stalls, an ice-skating rink, and even Santa Claus on a zipline were present to experience. All sorts of food and drink were on hand to be enjoyed. We had scheduled a night bus tour of Paris, but we were having such a good time at the market that we just decided to stay there for the evening. It was the right choice, and it was a perfect way to cap off our last night in Paris.
The next morning saw us depart Paris and head back to The United States. It was a wonderful trip overall, and it is one we won’t ever forget. Paris is a great city to visit, experience, and enjoy. I am also looking forward to seeing more great cities with my family in the future. Until then, though, enjoy these photos from day 3 and day 4 of our trip to Paris.
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