Our first full day in Paris was an eventful one. After a sleepless night, we woke up early so we could find our new accommodation. We managed to find a hotel close by (a big thank you to hotels.com for their easily accessible website and Starbucks for their free wifi) and we quickly moved our luggage into their storage so we could get on with our day.
Our first tourist attraction stop is Musée du Louvre which has over 35000 works displayed and is currently the world’s largest museum. We were on a tight schedule so we only stayed for a few hours. We had the Paris Museum Pass, meaning that we cut the long queue outside for the security check as well as the one inside for tickets. Our first plan of attack was to make a beeline for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa before the tour groups start arriving. We then made our way to some of the other sections that we wanted to see including Hall Napoléon and Egyptian Antiquities.
After our short visit to the Louvre, we took a stroll towards Île de la Cité – the larger of the two inner city islands in Paris – and made a stop at the Lover’s Bridge where the fencing is covered with locks. We stopped for lunch at Ma Salle à Manger and made our way to Notre Dame. Admission to the interior is free, so it’s a popular location for visitors. However, if you wish to climb the tower (Tours de Notre Dame), it will cost around €8 or you could use the Paris Museum Pass. There is no advance entrance for people with the pass, so we waited in line for around an hour before we were allowed up. It was a beautiful day, so we took our time studying the grotesque gargoyles which acts to direct water away from the roof to prevent damage.
Our evening ended with a classical concert at Ste-Chapelle. We had the pleasure of listening to a string quartet and a female singer in a glorious surroundings filled with stained glass. The feeling is surreal and there were moments where I had chills up my spine. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend attending these concerts when you’re in Paris.
After the concert, we made our way to our new hotel, checked in and enjoyed a hot shower. I slept very well that night!