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Nick and I traveled to Paris for a week in early May. I don't think I've ever walked so much in one week before. According to my iPhone, I walked 74 miles and climbed 289 flights of stairs around the city. My good friend Chris flew from Italy to meet us for a few days. Thanks Chris!! We did a lot of the big tourist traps like the Louvre, Orsay, Arc de Triumph, Notre Dame, Sacré-Cœur, and more. It was a trip of a lifetime. Paris, I hope to see you again soon.

All images were taken with the Nikon D810, Sigma 50mm 1.4, Nikon 24mm 1.4, and the Nikon 45mm tilt-shift. There's also a couple iPhone 7+ pics. This blog post is definitely too big, but there is just so much I want to share. Below you can find 272 pics from the trip (sorry, it might take a minute to load). For the most part the photos are in chronological order. I'll do my best to narrate :)

We flew from Orlando, FL and arrived in Paris at 8am, roughly 12 hours later. We couldn't check into our Airbnb till noon so we dropped our bags off at Chris's place and explored for a few hours. Here are some random pics around Le Marais. A few photos down you can see a truck lifting stuff through a window on the 3rd floor. Not something I see in Orlando.

First friend I made in Paris....

Notre Dame Cathedral was only a 10 minute walk from our Airbnb so naturally we walked by it a few times throughout the week. Later on you will see the view from the top of the towers :)

Next stop was the Luxembourg Gardens. This huge garden is filled with hidden gems and huge square trees. Not sure how the city maintains them, but they're everywhere. 

While exploring the city, we came across a bridge covered in locks. I know this exists in other cities around the world, but I've never seen one so big. I wouldn't be surprised if there were over a million locks on this bridge. 

and here's a couple clowns...

The Airbnb we stayed at was pretty sweet other than the steep and narrow stairwell. It had a nice view down a street in Le Marais. One thing I liked about Paris was how the door handles are in the middle of the door lol

Next stop was the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. The view from the top of the Arc is unforgettable. To get to the top, you have to walk up this incredible stairwell that never seems to end. From the top you can see almost all of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Notre Dame, financial district, and more. After walking down the opposite side of the Arc, we found ourselves in the middle of what seemed to be a memorial for the police officers who were shot in a terrorist attack a few weeks prior. I quickly snapped a shot and left before I was told to leave by a french soldier. 

We started the next day at the Louvre. Although the line wrapped around the pyramid, it only took about 30 min to get in. This place was a total zoo. Thousands of people and 700,000 sq ft of exhibits. We walked around aimlessly for an hour and then decided to go find the Mona Lisa. I remembered the Epic Portrait that Sam Hurd took of the Mona Lisa a few years back, so I couldn't resist but re-take it myself. Overall the Louvre was amazing, but it definitely was not a highlight of our trip. I much preferred eating and drinking wine in the Tuileries Garden right outside :)

After the Louvre we went to a wine tasting down the street. It ended up being in this crazy cool building underground. I learned a lot about French wines, but forgot all of it by the end of the tasting :P

Not sure what happened after that but the next pictures on my camera were at the Pompidou, a modern art museum. I thought the building was vastly underused, but it was definitely one of the most unique buildings I've ever been in. 

Here are a few shots from inside Notre Dame. Oh yea, there are also french soldiers that patrol around the city. Kind of sad its even necessary.

I personally enjoyed the Orsay Museum over the Louvre. The Orsay had a lot of work by Van Gogh, Monet, and other famous artists I can't remember. The building was very intriguing, especially with the giant glass clocks built into the side of the building that have an incredible view of the city. 

Nick wanted to see the Musée de l'Orangerie at the edge of the Tuileries Garden. So we grabbed a quick bite to eat at a cafe in the garden before heading in the Orangerie. 

Then we hopped on the double decker bus and rode around the city until we got to the Eiffel Tower. Before we talked around the Eiffel Tower, we went in the Paris Aquarium. The jelly fish exhibit was the most interesting thing there by far. After 30 min we left and explored the Eiffel Tower. 

It was perfect timing walking around the Eiffel Tower during the sunset. When the sun went down we went on an hour long river cruise. 

The neighborhood that we stayed in just so happened to also be a Jewish area. I never realized that they make phenomenal breakfast. Nick and I started the next day with breakfast at this quaint Jewish bakery down the street. After breakfast we headed to a massive 5 story art gallery called 59 Rivoli where over 30 local artists display their work. This place was one of my favorite spots we visited and totally surpassed my expectations. Like many other buildings in Paris, this building was a piece of art itself. I met a very talented artist named Francesco who showed me his work. After I took a few pictures of him, he began drawing me on the back of a small painting I bought from him. 

After 59 Rivoli, we picked up some wine, cheese, bread, french strawberries and made our way to the Tuileries Garden which is right outside the Louvre. We sat there for a couple hours enjoying the food and wine.  

Here are a few more soldiers walking around Notre Dame....

The view from the towers of Notre Dame.....

After Notre Dame we picked up some street food from a nearby market and made our way to Sacré-Cœur. Similar to Notre Dame, the view from the tower of the Sacré-Cœur Cathedral was incredible. After that we walked down the street to the Paris Dali Museum. WARNING...there are two original drawings by Dali below and they are NSFW.

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Thanks for making it to the end! I hope you enjoyed the photos. It was certainly a trip I will never forget.