Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, & Champs-Élysées | Paris, France


On our first official day in Paris, we did way too much. In the morning, Markus and I trekked all the way to Montmartre and visited Sacré-Cœur and the Cafe des Deux Moulins from Amélie. Then we decided to try head over to the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower since they were sort of close together. In all of my research on France, I was led to believe that the entire month of August was the dead season and that the streets would be empty. Whoever said that was a liar, the entire city was swarming with tourists and made it sort of impossible to linger anywhere for long. We wanted to go into the park outside the Eiffel Tower, but the lines were impossibly long. I think if we had more than three days in Paris, I probably would've pushed for it more.  Unfortunately I didn't get my touristy photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. C'est la vie, maybe we'll make it back to Paris one day!