Bonjour & welcome back! I wanted to give you the 411 of all the pretty places and spaces we visited in Paris. This is the second time I've been to Paris, so I was pretty much a tour guide for Alyssa :P It felt so amazing to be back to a place I considered my second home! I wanted to share the low down on how much we accomplished throughout our day wondering the "city of love".
Alyssa & I woke up at the crack of dawn to got all dolled up, ordered an Uber, arrived to the London Eurostar terminal (5:40am train - ik, we're crazy), grabed some tea & coffee and caught our 2 hour train ride. It was extremely blissful - I was able to see the beautiful European sunrise and I was not complaining about the cotton candy sky.
Gare du Nord: We hopped off the train and were a little turned around. If you are looking to buy a day pass, its on the same floor you got off your train. A day pass cost about 13 dollars and you get to travel within zone 1 and zone 2.
Café de Flore: We started our morning with some delicious and rich hot chocolate at Cafe De Flore. It is one of the most popular cafes in Paris. If you have a chance to sit outside, I definitely would recommend.
K2 Love Lock: Next we went to the Love Lock Bridge, which isn't a love lock bridge anymore. 4 Years ago they started cleaning up the bridge and stopped allowing people to put locks on the gates.
Notre Dame: We skipped over this - but would recommend getting here early.
Louvre Museum: You can't go to Paris without visiting the Louve - its world's largest art museum and a historic monument.
Colonnes de Buren: Yes, we stopped to get that insta-pic on the black and white columns.
Tuileries Garden -This was originally on our list, but we decided to skip over it because there were no flowers in bloom.
Eiffel Tower/Trocadéro Gardens: It was like a dream, we went to the Trocadéro Gardens to see the iconic Eiffel Tower. Then, walked right under it! They now have a glass barrier around the entire thing, you can no longer just walk right under. You need to go through to security - but at least it's still free!
12 hours in Paris is just enough time to swing by all of the most monumental & iconic places. It was super easy to navigate the metro and speak to all the people we encountered. The only thing I would watch out for is creepy men by Montmarte. Other than that - enjoy the delicious crepes, stunning Eiffel Tower and delcious hot coco!