Day two of my family's attempt to see all of Paris in less than a week (my mom and I were going to London and Cardiff for three days, but more on that in a later post) was surprisingly successful. We had only planned on seeing two sites, and ended up making it to four!
Before I get into the specifics of my day, I want to give a little tip that I should have followed to save a little bit of time. I started at the Jardins des Tuileries and then moved on to the Louvre, and then the Champs-Elysées. I didn't realize however, that these sites were so close to eachother. The Tuileries are in between the Louvre and the Champs Elysées, so I would highly recommend starting at the Champs Elysees, walking to the Tuileries, and then once you get to the back of the Gardens, the Louvre will be right across the street. That way, you save time, and you don't have to take the metro!
I had to turn in an assignment this morning, and so we started our adventure at the Pantheon, which is a 5 minute walk from the NYU campus. I'd never been to the Pantheon on a school day before. All over the courtyard, students from La Sorbonne were chatting, munching on baguette sandwiches and enjoying the sunny weather. We didn't go inside any of the buildings; the Pantheon is actually a museum. My favorite shot from the area was directly across from the Pantheon, where you can see a tiny Eiffel Tower, off in the distance.
Our second stop was the Jardin Tuilieries. Now, here is where it gets interesting. My sister is graduating high school this year, and rather than taking her senior photos in a studio, she waited all the way until my Spring Break, so that our uncle could take them for her here in Paris. Today, I decided to join in on the fun. We wore matching outfits, and had a mini photoshoot up by the Musée L'Orangerie.
During these shenanigans, we even saw a pair of women who were also wearing matching outfits! Needless to say, we ran after them, and took an inconspicuous photo.
When you walk all the way to the end of the Jardin des Tuileries, you're met with another beautiful fountain, an abundance of statues, and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
This is not the more famous Arc de Triomphe that lies at the end of the Champs Elysées, but it is still quite beautiful, and once you cross the street from the Arc, you're already at the Louvre!
We didn't go inside that day, because we were short on time, and wanted to head to the Champs-Elysées, but if you started your morning here, spent a few hours in the museum, then went down into the Tuileries Gardens, and then continued onwards, you'd end up at the Champs-Elysée's anyway. This would have been a more efficient way of travelling, but we didn't know it at the time.
We took the metro to the Champs-Elysées, and spent our evening window shopping. My favorite part of today? Having Ice Cream for dinner! There is a huge Häagen-Dazs that has seated service. Each plate of ice cream comes in at around 14 euros, but I think it's worth it to splurge every once and a while. Plus, the plates come out looking very instagram worthy~
Unfortunately, it started raining, and with our stomachs full of ice cream and goosebumps starting to make us shiver, we all had to head home for the day.