Paris | London | Marseilles ~ 20th Anniversary Trip ~ PARIS first because SO MANY PHOTOS!

When I turned 30, I decided for my 40th birthday I would go to Paris. My husband and I saved and worked towards this trip. We planned it for years. When 40 came it looked as though it might not happen. The hubby couldn’t get the days off and we didn’t quite have enough saved up. But the next year, for our 20th anniversary we made it happen. And here are the highlights!

Here is the quaint Parisian neighborhood where we stayed. I seriously recommend this hotel. Le Grand Hotel Leveque. The room was small but more than adequate. It was in this perfect little neighborhood with many amenities. There were cafes and restaurants everywhere, shops and it was even a block away from the metro. It truly was perfect!

The view looking up at Le Grand Hotel Leveque

The best little crepe place right across from the hotel. Run by a cute little Greek couple.

We loved our temporary neighborhood. So close to cafes, bakeries, shops and the Eiffel Tower 🙂

The fromagerie right next door. New favorite cheese: Chevre.

Flower shops everywhere.


On our first day in Paris we, of course, headed to the Eiffel Tower. Then we walked over to the Arc de Triomphe and ended at La Cathedrale de Notre Dame.



The view from le deuxieme etage.

Arc de Triomphe

Notre Dame

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral


Day two in Paris: Museums – Orangerie, Tuileries and the Louvre~And Eiffel Tower at Sunset 🙂


Statue in the Tuileries.

Monet’s water lilies!!


Here we are at the Louvre



Mona Lisa

Then ending the day with a sunset trip to the Eiffel Tower. I will never tire of it. I did, however, get very tired of the dudes selling all. the. things!

La Tour Eiffel at Sunset. Best day of my life! Bucket list-checked!

Our next day in Paris was spent in Monmartre, the artist district of Paris. Kind of at the top of the city. The Sacre Coeur sits at the top of a hill, overlooking the entire city. Visiting the Sacre Coeur was another bucket list item for me!


Another railing where you can attach a lock with your names on it 🙂

“Sinking” house. Kind of a cool optical illusion.

Artist’s District

Instagram Famous Cafe – Le Consulat

Eating at Le Consulat. The waiter said I had perfect French! >.<

Another IG “famous” cafe. La Maison Rose. One of the many quaint little places to look at while wandering this really cool area of town.

Wandering the district. Loving all the colors and architecture.

On the way back we stopped by the Moulin Rouge. We didn’t go inside because I heard it’s such a tourist trap. You can easily spend $100+ on dinner and a show. We were all good to just see it from the outside.

And last but not least, we checked out the Opera on the way back to our hotel.

So that was Paris! Check back to see our adventures in London and Marseille!!

L~ F~:

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