Paris greeted us with a cold misty rain and cloudy skies. These were far from my ideal conditions for visiting Paris, but we weren’t about to let some bad weather deter us from sightseeing. We dropped off our bags at the hotel in Madeleine and headed off to explore Paris.
We started our tour of Paris by the ferris wheel in Place de la Concorde. Although not the most famous ferris wheel in Europe, Roue de Paris is a very well-known site and well worth the visit. Each seat on the ferris wheel displayed a person’s face painted with the flag of a different country. It was such a simple decoration but so powerful as well to see all of these countries united to form one great loop.
After wandering arWe continued on our way down the Champs-Élysées, but by this time our hair was damp with cold mist and our hands were frozen. In an effort to keep warm, we bought a ham and cheese crêpe from a small stand by Concorde. This offered a brief cloak of warmth and burst of energy to carry us towards the Arc de Triomphe.
It has always been my hope to get a picture with the Arc, but it’s much easier said than done. The Arc de Triomphe stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle and a large roundabout. You are able to access this inner circle, but because of the sheer enormity of the Arc it is nearly impossible to get the entire structure in the frame while standing there. We attempted to get a few shots from a nearby street corner that came out okay, but my favorite was our selfie while crossing the street! We got the camera ready, our smiles on standby, and anxiously waited for the walk signal. When the light changed we walked briskly to the center of the street, paused for a quick selfie with the arc, and casually walked to the other side. Selfie with the Arc de Triomphe? Check!
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*These photos are raw and unedited, because I feel it necessary to show these places as I saw them. Paris was not sunny and bright for me. It was cold, rainy, and sometimes even graced us with some sleet…but that didn’t stop us from having an amazing time!