Paris & Versailles

We put off our honeymoon until summer so we could spend a full month in Europe exploring France, Spain, Andorra and Portugal. We started off in Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world.

All our luggage for the month-long trip
All our luggage for the month-long trip

During our wedding planning, we chose to charge as many expenses as possible to our Hyatt credit card. This enabled us to stay at the 5-star Hyatt Paris Madeleine boutique hotel on points alone. It was pretty hilarious to see two young backpackers checking in to a fancy Parisian hotel.

Hyatt Paris Madeleine
Hyatt Paris Madeleine

After a jet-lag-induced nap, we went to a nearby grocery store and bought a whole lot of French snacks. Then we climbed up the Montmarte hill to Sacré-Cœur. Drew found us a spot on the stairs and we had a picnic as we watched the sunset over Paris.

Sacré-Cœur
Sacré-Cœur
Tasty French snacks
Tasty French snacks
View of Eiffel Tower at night from Montmartre
View of Eiffel Tower at night from Montmartre

On our way back down, we stopped in a little bar called Chez Aimé where we made friends with some locals who were drinking a specialty rum drink that the bar owner muddled with spices.

Chez Aimé bar owner preparing his specialty rum
Chez Aimé bar owner preparing his specialty rum

The next day was my birthday (Jini) and we went to the Lourve.

The Lourve
The Lourve
The Mona Lisa in its natural habitat
The Mona Lisa in its natural habitat

The next day, we visited the Eiffel Tower (didn’t make it up because only one elevator was working), Notre Dame, Arch de Triomphe and went shopping on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Drew and Jini at the Eiffel Tower
Drew and Jini at the Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame
Notre Dame de Paris
Arch de Triomphe
Arch de Triomphe
"Love Locks" on Parisian bridge
“Love Locks” on Parisian bridge

The following day we packed up and headed to Cheville, a city located next to the Palace of Versailles. We stayed at the budget-friendly Hotel Campanile Paris Ouest.

Hotel Campanile Paris Ouest - Chaville
Hotel Campanile Paris Ouest – Chaville

Versailles is one of those places that I’m glad we visited, but I’m not sure if we would go back. It’s very touristy. And very crowded. The gardens were our favorite part because not only are they amazingly huge but you can spread out and explore them without feeling claustrophobic.

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors
Back of Versailles from fountains
Back of Versailles from fountains
Selfie in the gardens
Selfie in the gardens

Up next we head south into the Loire Valley.