We woke up bright and early, showered and had breakfast. We headed for the metro/train station which is right next to the parks, and used the self-service machines to buy our tickets. We then got onto the platform and realised we had no idea where we were going, because none of the stations had names like The Eiffel Tower like we had naively expected. After going back to the tourist information part of the metro/train station (which is something I suggest doing in the beginning) we learned we had bought the wrong tickets, were told what to do and picked up a map. The map, not that we knew it at the time, was our absolute lifeline. If you ever go to Paris and expect to travel by the metro PICK UP A MAP.
Once we were off the train our first stop was the Arc De Triomphe where we were greeted by a clown, literally. Why there was a clown prancing around, I have no idea. When in Paris...? Anyway, I took some photos and we walked down the Champs-Elysees, admired all of the expensive shops and headed back to the train station in order to buy the right ticket. We were then on on our way to see some other sights, and once you're in the centre of Paris the metro stations are mostly labelled with tourist attractions - so that was a massive help too.
Using the map to help us navigate (seriously it has a hole in it because we used it that much), we soon realised that the places we wanted to visit weren't as close as we had thought. We made it to the Notre Dame and the River Seine , but ended up spending a lot of time looking for connecting trains so we wouldn't have to go back on ourselves. In the end, we backtracked in order to see the Louvre Pyramid. It was pretty dark by the time we got off at the right station, and it required a little bit of a walk until we got to the Louvre. In fact we basically stumbled upon it by wandering around and also because we could see the lights shimmering in the distance. I ended up being even happier that we seen it in the evening, I have a thing for lights so it just made it better. I would love to go back and have a proper look around though!
My aforementioned thing for lights meant that I wasn't coming all of the way to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower in the dark looking all sparkly, so we hopped on the metro back and it was SO worth it. It was the whole highlight of my day, and I don't honestly think I will ever get over it. We must have spent ages just staring at it and taking photos and eee, it just fills me with pure joy thinking back to it now.
As we headed for our metro back we stopped at a doughnut stall and treated ourselves. It was the first thing we had eaten since breakfast because we literally never stopped moving. That's how fast-paced everything was, but it was so totally worth it. The cold and long ride back to Disney wasn't so fun though! By the time we made it back to Disney it was about 9pm ish. I don't remember for sure, I just remember we made a reservation for food at 7pm and weren't even on the metro by this point. But I guess it goes to show just how much you can cram into one day in Paris. There's SO much to do and I can't wait to plan another trip back. Hopefully I'll get to spend more than 24 hours there next time. Have you ever been to Paris?