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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

3 Days in Paris, 2015

Our 3 days in Paris flew by in a whirlwind and it felt like we needed at least another week to really see the city and get properly caught up with our friends and fantastic hosts for the weekend, Mia and Dillon.  Despite missing a night of sleep on our flight from Portland, we powered through our first day and headed straight to the Eiffel Tower after dropping our bags off.  Our adrenaline and energy really kicked in as we rode the elevators up.  Overlooking the city from the tower was incredible and such a great way to get oriented with the city.  It's no wonder that it's the most visited paid monument in the world with 7 million visitors each year.  
Our first sighting
Beautiful breezy view from the Eiffel Tower
The following day we took a bike tour of the city which was fantastic overview of all the best sights in Paris.  We didn't have enough time to go into any of the museums, but at least got to see the outside of these amazing landmarks.  We hope to return some day so we've got plenty on our list to save for the next visit.
Notre Dame
One of the Love Lock bridges in Paris.  
Jet lagged but having an amazing time
Blue Bike tour group
Our favorite day was spent wandering around several charming Paris neighborhoods with Dillon as our trusty guide.  We loved walking by the markets that always had jaw dropping selections of cheeses, baked goods, sweets, cured meats, and prepared food.  Fast food here is entirely different than in America and undoubtedly much tastier and healthier.
This was just a small section of the cheeses available.  We love French cheese! 
My favorite stop of the day for fancy scooped Gelato.
The original Laduree macaroons.  My favorite flavor was pistachio.
Thanks Dillon for showing us around :-)
World's largest crepe?
After our short trip in Paris we hopped on the train to Milan which was a great trip.  The seats are roomy and comfortable, there is decent food available to buy, and the scenery is gorgeous with plenty of green vineyards, ornate cathedrals, imposing castles, and cute villages to see along the way.


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