Paris, France

When I Went: May 1-7, 2012

Was That the Best Time of Year to Go? It was spring when we visited, and it was perfect. It was not too hot and not too cold. It was slightly chilly in the morning but by 10 am, the sun was out with a nice, cool breeze. We walked and took the train everywhere we went, and the weather allowed us to do all of this without any inconvenience. It only rained one time for a short period of the day. The clouds quickly cleared away for the sun to shine.

Why I Went There: My husband and I got married a day before my birthday on October 8. We moved to Texas the day after our wedding (on my birthday), so we did not get a chance to take a honeymoon. Due to starting jobs, we had to wait until May 2012 to actually take our honeymoon! But, it was worth the wait!

Who Went With Me? My husband, Ryan

We Stayed Here: My husband travels all the time with work and he is extremely savvy with collecting hotel points. He saved and saved so that we could have a wonderful belated honeymoon. With his points, we were able to stay at the Trianon Palace in Versailles. It was so beautiful, and we were in disbelief that it was actually happening. We had our own private balcony and we could actually see a part of the Garden of Versailles. The hotel bathroom even had heated floors!

You Won’t Want to Miss: The best part of the trip was the day we took the train from Versailles to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. On our way out of Versailles we stopped at a small sandwich/bakery shop to grab sandwiches and dessert. We found a nice sunny spot on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower and just enjoyed the scenery. The Eiffel Tower is absolutely breathtaking. I am not sure how long we sat on the lawn chatting and people watching, but I will never forget how perfect that moment was.

Eat Here: Gordan Ramsey restaurant inside the Trianon Palace. AMAZING!  Ladurée – chocolate shop near the Eiffel Tower. Absolutely the best chocolate we have ever had. Angelina Cafe in Versailles – cheap sandwiches and pastries!

Play Here: Louvre Tuileries neighborhood. Shops as fancy as Hermes and as casual as H&M. We spent an entire day just shopping! The Louvre – I guess you can’t really play here, but if you love art like I do, you will feel like a kid in a candy store.

If I Went Again: The only thing I would do differently would be to see the Eiffel Tower at night to see it lit up. We walked all day long to see all the sights, we never made it back to the tower in the evening. Some day we will go back, and I will see those magnificent lights!

How Did You Get There From Dallas? We flew Delta from Dallas. We had one layover in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Other Tips For Fellow Travelers: Traveling to Versailles and Paris was the most romantic trip I could have ever imagined for my honeymoon. But, it was also very historical and educational. I want to travel the world, but I really hope that life leads me back to Paris.


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