By Jeff Game
In the final piece of my three-part series; travel with me and my new bride to one of the most romantic and iconic cities in the world, as we rent an apartment in the Marais for ten days and serve up some travel tips for a honeymoon in Paris.
Hey, I’m Getting Romantic Here, I’m Getting Romantic Here
Not to start out all sappy and chick-flick-like, but I really never cared if my wife and I went to an island in the middle of nowhere, with lapping waves and a cabana boy named Coco or got a room at a motel in Bakersfield, as long as we made it romantic, it would not matter where we spent our honeymoon. Ok, Bakersfield may not be the answer, but you get my romantic point.
All that being said, my wife and I love to travel, to eat great food, experience a culture outside of our own, drink divine champagne and just create an experience we both can treasure. Paris was the perfect choice being that it is one of her favorite cities in the world and I was a Parisian virgin and it was one of my top five places I have always wanted to go.
We split our time between “honeymooning”, if you will and checking out all the iconic scenes in what comes with a honeymoon in Paris. Since Mrs. Game had been to Paris a few times and I was looking at the city through fresh eyes, I am confident that we can dish out some decent travel tips when traveling to one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world.
Check out our good and not so good to see list of Paris icons and the Paris we loved and will be back to experience again and again. Cue up the cool Parisian playlist!
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
The Eiffel Tower: There is no fool in their right mind that would ever tell anyone visiting Paris not to go see one of the most treasured landmarks on the world stage and you won’t hear that from me. Visiting this iron giant is much like seeing the Golden Gate Bridge; the Eiffel Tower will be crowded, and there will likely be many, many tourists along with yourself taking pictures all around the tower.
The line to get up to one of the top decks can take an hour, a lot of times two hours or more. So, if you plan to venture high above the city lights, make sure pack a snack and get your zen on.
The cool thing, there are so many angles and places to see the tower, a lot of times it is just great to take in this wonder from whatever place you can cop a squat.
The Louvre: To Louvre or not to Louvre, that is the question. No proper trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to go see the lady that maybe smiling, maybe not so much right? The Mona Lisa always reminds me of someone having their picture taken and mumbling under their breath like, “you got it?”
Be prepared to see a swarm of people with belly bags and white tennis shoes taking a picture of a picture. Still, outside of the mass hysteria that Da Vinci’s masterpiece garners, the Louvre is a great museum and still an icon to see in Paris.
The Seine River: You cannot get more romantic than cruising down the waterways in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Yes, taking a boat ride on the Seine River is amazingly awesome and can feel as touristy as signing up for a hop on and off tourist bus in Hollywood. However this is Paris and one of the best ways to see the city is to have it whisk by, as you glide past all the bridges, the streets and sophisticated architecture.
You never know what magic or possibly pot of gold you may discover on the banks of the Seine. As we approached the Eiffel Tower and I was getting ready to take some cool shots fro the river, we got nailed with a little rain storm and ended up with this spectacular sight of a rainbow behind the tower. That is some Paris magic!
Château de Versailles:Taking the train outside the hustle and bustle of the city is relaxing and you get to experience another part of France, however the grounds of the former royal palace can look similar to a day at Disneyland.
However, brave the crowds and see truly one of the most audacious and amazingly decadent homes since Graceland. Château de Versailles is massive; however there are many nooks and crannies to escape, have a baguette sandwich and take in the scene.
Champs-Élysées: This long stretch of road is as iconic as the Las Vegas Strip or Rodeo in Beverly Hills and is basically a very long mall. I love to find unique and cool places to shop, but I don’t think the Champs-Élysées is the place of discovery. Even with all that, it is spectacular to gaze at night, when the sun sets and the lights come on. Either way, the Arc de Triomphe stands at the end of this avenue and is also a Paris landmark to behold. Two for the low price of zero Euros, well worth the ticket.
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris: Since 1345 this place of reflection and worship has been the refuge for so many to begin a trip to Paris by lighting a candle or just to get some quiet time in a house of God.
This was such the case for us, when our reflection time was interrupted by another husband and wife duo. As her husband silently took some pictures the wife in question began shout whispering her husband Lars name, “Lars, Lars, Lars,” as she dragged a litter of children behind her and now has become one of the best people watching experiences of any our trips together. Everyone needs a Lars story. Poor Lars.
I want to say honeymooning in Paris was the trip of a lifetime, and it truly was, I also know it will not be our last trip. I know we will be back soon to get submersed and take in so much more of one of the greatest cities in the world.
Check out the rest of our alternative Paris playlist
Completement fou – Yelle
Le vent nous portera – Noir désir
Hurry Up, we’re dreaming – M83
Nous étions duex – La Femme