30 Days of Gratitude - Day 11

Today we're grateful for our 4-day trip to Paris for Valentine's Day 2008! It was a wonderful whirlwind of a romantic getaway, and it was another significant moment in our journey to becoming digital nomads. 

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Up until that time, we had never traveled abroad together without being in the safety and comfort of either a resort or a cruise. We were used to guided tours and set itineraries, so it was stepping outside of our comfort zone for us to go to Paris alone (although Kristy had traveled in Europe during her semester abroad). 

Outside the Louvre in Paris

Outside the Louvre in Paris

We found that we loved it so much more than being on cruises! 

It was a delightful change of pace to get to see a city for more than 8 or 10 hours... we felt like we really got to know Paris during our trip, and we grew much more confident in our abilities as travelers. 

On top of the Eiffel Tower on Valentine's Day in Paris

On top of the Eiffel Tower on Valentine's Day in Paris

And of course, Paris itself was magical! We spent Valentine's Day seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, walked through the Tuileries gardens and down Champs Elysees, went up on the Arc de Triomphe, and then rode the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was an incredible day... a Valentine's Day that will be hard to ever top. :)

The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

With our other days in Paris, we went to the Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, and Sacre Coeur churches, admired the Impressionist paintings at Musee d'Orsay, visited Centre Pompidou, and wandered around the cafes of Montmartre. Plus, we went to Versailles, where we toured the gorgeous Hall of Mirrors and fell in love with the palace's magnificent gardens. 

It really was an amazing trip... it's crazy that we managed to fit so much into a few short days! Paris was the perfect place for us to grow as travelers, and we are so grateful for our Valentine's Day adventure there!

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