Day 2 of Paris started off very wet and windy, and we had originally planned to go to the Éiffel Tower first thing but the rain had other plans, so we decided to head to the Louvre Instead. The Louvre is a great place to go on a cold rainy day in Paris and there is definitely lots to see.
I’ve been to Louvre once before about two years ago so I knew what to expect. I don’t think I could ever get sick of going to the Louvre because I have a passion for art history so I’ll always love getting lost in the art.
We got there just after 10 a.m so it was nice and quiet, and the best part is that if you’re from the EU and you’re under 26 you can get into the Louvre for free! Several places around Paris do this so always make sure to carry your passport or some kind of ID on you just in case. There really is just endless amounts of things to see in the Louvre from statues to sculptures, paintings to carvings, an Egyptian section too, and amazing victorian apartments up on the top floor. We didn’t even realise how long we were there and before we knew it, it was lunch time.
After the Louvre we popped over to Notre Dame for just a quick stop as we were already in the same area. I’ve also already been to Notre Dame before so I thought it would jus be a flying visit to admire the architecture, but we actually stayed for a lot longer. I studied Notre Dame in school for my leaving cert so seeing it in person is always a nice treat and trip down memory lane. Inside is very dark so all you can see is the candles and light coming through the beautiful stain glass windows. There’s no flash photography permitted so it’s very calm inside and there are so many small chapels to admire within.
We planned on going home after this but Paul figured out we could go up to the very top of Notre Dame, which we didn’t do last time we were here, so I was all for it. It was a very cold windy day and we had to queue outside for about 20 minutes but it was definitely worth the wait. Notre Dame also allow EU citizens under 26 to go in for free once you have some form of ID.
The views were absolutely stunning and it was just the right height to be up. You could see the Éiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe in the distance as well as the River Seine. However we did have to walk up the entire way, up these very small and narrow spiral stairs where I definitely delft the burn! We then headed back to the Éiffel Tower for another little walk around and then headed back to the Champs Elysées to get ready for dinner.
After walking around for quite a while the night before hand I decided to go somewhere close to us, so we went to Pizza Vesuvio right on the Champs Elysées which was only a 5 minute walk away. It was great to be in a French restaurant but still have the hustle and bustle right outside. I went with some brushetta and pizza for dinner and I can’t remember the last time I was in such a food coma! The food was amazing but very very filling, and they also had the most amazing mojitos of the whole trip. And then it was time to start a whole new day in Paris!
Hope you’re having a great day!