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A Weekend of Art and Romance: 2 Days in Paris – Part 1

Weekend of Art and Romance 2 Days in Paris - Eiffel Tower

“We only went to Paris and we loved it.” During our travels in Central America, Jon and I have met a few French travellers and we’d always say how much we enjoyed our short visit to France. A famous tourist destination for years, Paris has received mixed reactions from people who went there – some good, some below expectations. We can’t simply base our perception on a place based on what others say, we had to see it for ourselves. Paris is the last city we visited during our nearly three months in Europe (we visited Morocco in between). Although we only spent three days in Paris (we arrived Friday night), it was a perfect finale to our unforgettable first trip to Europe.

Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars

I couldn’t explain the happiness I felt when I saw Eiffel tower for the first time. It was a hazy autumn Friday night, but the glimmer of its lights and the golden structure shone through. It is dramatically beautiful. This engineering masterpiece is just as stunning as I had imagined.

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Eiffel Tower at Night

We only had 2 days in Paris to explore as much as we could. We started our day with a quick morning visit to the Eiffel tower. It was a short walk from Rue Du Commerce, the area where we were staying. In different lighting conditions, it’s as gorgeous as ever.

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Eiffel Tower Morning

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

From the Eiffel tower, we walked towards the Louvre Museum via Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Retail shops stand side by side in this well-known tourist stop. It is surely tempting to visit all the fancy shops but shopping will have to wait till my next trip to Paris (A designer bag simply doesn’t fit in a backpacker’s priority list).

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Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Laduree Champs Elysses

Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum)

To make our visit to the Louvre more exciting, we watched the movie, “Da Vinci Code” again. Yes, we visited all the works of Leonardo Da Vinci! Prior to the movie’s fame (or the book), the Louvre Museum was one place I really wanted to visit in Paris. There was something about being surrounded by a myriad of artworks that I find truly inviting.

Like kids in a candy store, we were full of energy searching for the best artworks in the museum. With the crowd, we adored the beauty of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. As we explored other halls of the Louvre, we saw other numerous impressive pieces of art, paintings and sculptures. It was a long day, but truly worth it.

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Louvre Museum Pyramid

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Louvre Museum Sculpture

Pont des Arts Bridge

Right outside the Louvre Museum is the Pont des Arts Bridge, a bridge known not only for its architecture but for its transformation into a love locks bridge. However, when we went for a quick visit, the love locks were all hidden away. Boards covered nearly the whole stretch of the pedestrian bridge’s railings so no one can place new love locks. It has been a question for some time now, is it graffiti or is it art?

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Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Ponts d Arts Love Locks Bridge

Musée d’ Orsay

Huge Van Gogh fan here. I’m not a big art person but I have adored Van Gogh’s works since I encountered photos of his paintings when I was a kid. The brush strokes are full of passion and the colours are very dramatic. Musée d’ Orsay, an old railway station turned into a museum, holds the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world from painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Gauguin. I came as a Van Gogh enthusiast, and left as an admirer of Impressionist Art altogether.

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Musee d Orsay Van Gogh

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Musee d Orsay

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral was our next stop. The exterior and interior of the church is impressive, but it was the view that we longed to see from the cathedral’s tower. Unfortunately, it was closed when we got there. It was only 4:45pm but because of the winter season, they had to close early. Thus, we had to wait for that till the next day.

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Notre Dame Cathedral

Weekend Arts Romance - 2 Days in Paris France - Notre Dame Cathedral Interior

Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame

Underneath the Notre Dame Cathedral is an archaeological crypt which offers a fascinating overview of the history and development of the city Paris. The ruins here may be hard to appreciate as there are not much left but the narratives on the museum provide good information if you are keen to know more about the past of this city.

Latin Quarter of Paris

Saturday night ended with dinner at Paris’ Latin Quarter. It was our local twist to our Paris Itinerary (it’s actually a touristy area but we didn’t have it on our planned itinerary). If not for Jon’s friend, who had been living in Paris for a while, we would not have found this area filled with great restaurants, cafes and brasseries. It was busy but it was full of life which makes it really interesting. We had our first proper French dinner in one of the restaurants here and it was delicious!

Check out the second part of the Weekend of Art and Romance: 2 Days in Paris post here.

READ MORE: Weekend of Art and Romance: 2 Days in Paris – Part 2

Where to Stay in Paris

Luxury – Le Narcisse Blanc & Spa

Mid-Range – Magnifique Appartement dans Hôtel Particulier Monument Historique

Boutique – Hotel La Lanterne

Budget – Familia Hotel

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About the author

Gia Kristel Algie

Currently based in New Zealand, Gia grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly two years. From watching sunsets to hiking mountains, she loves the outdoors. She enjoys living in big cities but takes pleasure staying in quaint, small towns. An aspiring photographer and budding writer, she is the voice behind Mismatched Passports, a travel blog dedicated to the journey around the world with her husband, Jon.


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