Todays post is probably going to be one of my favorites out of my whole series of Paris posts. Not only was this day just unbelievably amazing, but I have to admit that my outfit was on point too lol! Today I am going to talk a little bit about my trip to the Eiffel Tower, very “basic tourist” I know, but I mean it’s THE Eiffel Tower!! I was lucky enough to take a trip up to the top of the Eiffel and it was honestly one of the coolest things I have ever done. Not only was the Iron Lady absolutely breathtaking to say the least, but the view from the top was just as astounding!
The Eiffel Tower has three stories; in the beginning you take an elevator to the first story. The elevator ride up was so cool in itself because the elevator is complete glass, so you get a view of the whole city as you go up. The first floor is high enough to get a really great 360 view of Paris, so of course I snapped a lot of great pictures. We spent a bit of time looking out at the beautiful view and listening to a tour guide who gave us some insight on the history of the Eiffel Tower. Did you know that the tower used to be yellow and red? Obviously it is not either of those colors anymore; it’s current color is what they call “Eiffel Brown”. Our tour guide even told us that when the Eiffel Tower was originally made, the French people were extremely angry. Many people who had lived nearby moved away because they were afraid the the tower was unstable and believed that it would collapse. Little did they know it would become one of the most popular attractions in the entire world! I also was not aware that there is a restaraunt on the second floor! How cool would it be to have lunch in the Eiffel Tower?! Unfortunately, I did not have lunch in the tower, however, I did go to the very top!
The view from the very top of the Eiffel was unlike anything I have ever seen. It was the perfect view of Paris and its historic buildings, and cobblestone streets. I fell even more in love with the city just looking out at it! My grandma and I went to the very top and spent a pretty good amount of time enjoying the view with a nice glass of champagne. (They even have a bar at the very top where you can get wine and champagne!!). I remember smiling and thinking, “Holy crap, I’m on top of the Eiffel Tower!” That experience was honestly a dream come true… now I can take that off my bucket list!
As amazing as the Eiffel Tower was and as much as I loved looking at it, visiting it was definitely not a whole day affair. We spent a couple hours there but later made our way to another part of town to visit the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. This is a beautiful church that sits on a hill at the highest point of Paris. Just getting to the church was an adventure in itself! The road at the very bottom of the hill has a popular cabaret in Paris called Moulin Rouge, and surrounding it were all sex stores. Yes, I mean sex stores with lingerie and “toys”. You could walk down that road for a mile and the only thing you could buy that was semi-normal was fluffy handcuffs. I honestly found this so comical because you literally had to walk down this street in order to get to the church! Once we got past that part of town, we walked up the hill to find even more cobblestone streets and cute little buildings with art all over them. It seemed as if this was the “artistic” part of Paris. There were paintings and drawings all over the walls, and there was even a little art festival going on where all of the talented artists drew portraits of tourists walking by. It was the cutest little area, with so many pretty buildings and restaraunts, and of course the Basilica! The Basilica of the Sacred Heart was beautiful, it looked like something you would only see in the movies. Even the view of Paris from the Basilica was unreal! The inside was magical as well, only we did not stay very long because mass had started when we got there!
The pictures you will see below are not only of my cute outfit for a long day in Paris, but of the beautiful parts of Paris that I was lucky enough to see. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Also want to give a shout out to these two amazing people in the pictures below! I am so blessed to have grandparents like you guys who gave me these memories of a life time. I had the best experience on this day and just in Paris in general, and I have Granny Kim and Grandpa George to thank for that! Love you both!!
Mini Skort (could not find the white but this is the exact same skort in blue)
Views from the Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
Path to Basilique du Sacré-Cœur