Famous Paris sites in a day

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Since we had the Navigo Decouverte, we could hop-on/hop-off the metro and trains as much as we wanted! This was just one of three days that we spent in the city of Paris.

Our first stop was Notre Dame. We made our way to the Île de la Cité–one of the islands in the Seine River to check out one of the most famous cathedrals. There were security personnel checking bags to get to the center area directly in front of the cathedral so it looked like a lot more people were in line than reality. We chose not to go inside, because we had more things to see! Check our our instagram to see the backside of Notre Dame. It's also very pretty.

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Next we attempted to visit St. Chapelle, but they close at 5pm, and we had started our day late. It was already 4:30pm and we missed the last entry. Instead we headed towards Montmartre. We just took the metro north and got off at the closest stop. We had read that the Sacre-Couer was at the highest point of Montmartre, so we just started wandering and walking up the streets changing to whichever one was going upwards. We stopped to get some freshly baked empanadas on the way because they smelled so good, climbed a staircase and somehow found our way to the top of Montmartre on the side of the Sacre-couer. Success!

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After roaming the streets of Montmartre, it was back down the hill towards Blanche station. We made a brief stop to peek at Moulin Rouge, and then got back on the metro towards the Arc de Triomphe.

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Our final stop for the evening was Paris' most famous icon, the Eiffel Tower. It was a beautiful day to see the iron lattice against the blue sky.

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After grabbing a bite to eat, we went back to Champ de Mars to see the tower sparkle at the top of the hour. What a magical ending to a wonderful day.

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The city of lights and love is a lovely place to wander around. What are some of your favorite Paris sites or must-sees? Let us know in the comments below!