Les Incontornables de Paris

The streets of Paris are bustling with people, music and the smells of tasty treats. It's cobble stone streets wind and turn and can leave you happily lost, stumbling upon some incredible buildings. Today, we walked. Everywhere. It was all about les incontornables de Paris (Paris attractions).

We are staying in Le Marais, a very cute and historical part of Paris which is full of cute shops, bakeries, restaurants and stunning buildings. We each took some time to explore on our own this morning - a run for Kristin, a photo walk for me - to kick off the day. The list of what we saw was incredible, site after historical site just kept popping up around every corner. In total we covered about 12 miles (not including the time spent on the Metro getting around) from Notre Dame to the Louvre, to the Arc de Triomphe, up Eiffel Tower stairs and back and around again. We ate croissants, macaroons, and crepes, drank coffee and wine, and finished our day at Pain, Vin, & Formage (bread, wine and cheese) for a classic fondue experience. 

The city could not have provided a more welcoming intro. We hit great weather and are feeling incredibly lucky to have landed at such a beautiful time. Below are a few photos from our day. Thanks for following along! 

We snuck up on Notre Dame from behind with its ominous gargoyals and flying buttresses  

We snuck up on Notre Dame from behind with its ominous gargoyals and flying buttresses  

Inside Notre Dame we listened to a children's choir fill the room with beautiful music

Inside Notre Dame we listened to a children's choir fill the room with beautiful music

Outside, we caught the timing for the bells.

Outside, we caught the timing for the bells.

Pyramid at the Louvre

Pyramid at the Louvre

Picnic luck with a view! 

Picnic luck with a view! 

After lunch, we did the "Eiffel Tower stair master" and hiked up the 60 floors to the halfway point

After lunch, we did the "Eiffel Tower stair master" and hiked up the 60 floors to the halfway point

Yep, we are really here! 

Yep, we are really here! 

The adventure continues tomorrow...