Day 2 Part 1: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Pont Alexandre III, Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries.
Day 2 in Paris began bright and early. It was finally sunny after the previous day of rain. We had a jam packed day ahead of us, and yet our options were somewhat limited because of the fact that it was a Sunday during a holiday weekend. Stop #1: Arc de Triomphe followed by a stroll along the Champs-Elysées.
We weren’t able to go up to the top of the Arc (pesky Sundays), and the majority of the shops along the Champs were closed, but this actually worked out in our favor. There was no risk of spending countless hours, nor euros, shopping instead of exploring!
Our next stop was a walk past the Grand and Petit Palais on our way to Pont Alexandre III. The Grand Palais plays home to the National Galleries and the Petit Palais is home to the Beaux Arts museum. Both are located where the Champs-Elysées meets Avenue Winston Churchill.
We continued along Av. Winston Churchill to Pont Alexandre III, where I caught my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower! The Tower was in view for the first time since we had arrived in Paris, and I had no idea. Ted had some fun recording my reaction as he pointed it out to me.
Alexandre III is Ted’s favorite bridge in Paris and it’s easy to see why. Two different couples were having wedding photos taken on the bridge while we were there.
After a mini photo shoot of our own, we headed off to the Tuileries. We walked through Place de la Concorde and stopped to admire the Luxor Obelisk on the way. As a lover of Egyptian history, I was thrilled to see the obelisk.
Upon entering the Tuileries, we strolled through the gardens, and stopped for a rest and an afternoon snack by the fountain. We clearly weren’t the only ones excited to enjoy a sunny, relaxing afternoon after the last few days of rain.
We had an incredibly busy morning and our day wasn’t even close to being over. Up next: the second half of Day 2.