Visiting Paris On Bastille Day

This summer Kevin and I took a Viking River Cruise from Prague to Paris. You can read all about it here. We decided to spend a few extra days in Paris after the cruise. We got there right before Bastille Day, and we really wanted to be there for all the festivities, especially fireworks at the Eiffel Tower!

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Bastille Day, Paris, France

Bastille Day in Paris, France

We Went To Some Of The Best Places To Visit In Paris

Our first day in Paris was a perfect lazy Sunday morning, no real itinerary, just walking and taking in this beautiful city.

Places To Visit In Paris

Just before sunset we came across the giant Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde and thought, why not?? :)

Bastille Day in Paris, France

So fun! Gorgeous views.

Places To Visit In Paris

The next morning we went off the beaten path and explored some of the beautiful covered shopping passages of Paris.

Places To Visit In Paris

There are so many hidden shopping streets!

Places To Visit In Paris

We were lucky with the weather, but this would actually be a great thing to do on a cold or rainy day in Paris.

Shopping In Paris, France

Paris Great For Shopping and Even Better For Food!

That afternoon we went to one of my favorite pedestrian shopping streets in Paris, Rue Montorgueil.

Shopping In Paris, France

It’s a super charming street, with tons of fun sweet shops and bakeries — macarons, caramels, chocolates, pastries, gelato, everything you could ask for all in one place. No wonder I love it! You can even get the best cheesecake in the entire world at Berko.

Hôtel de Ville, Paris City Council Building

More exploring… Hôtel de Ville, Paris City Council Building

Places To Visit In Paris, France

I had never been to Sainte-Chapelle, and I’d heard it was stunning inside, so we decided to check it out.

Sainte-Chapelle In Paris, France

The stained glass is definitely beautiful, but I have to say admission is a little on the expensive side… The picture above is basically all there is.

Notre Dame In Paris, France

Of course we had to walk by Notre Dame

Notre Dame In Paris, France

Don’t forget to check out the back and side views as well… Also beautiful!

Arc de Triomph In Paris, France

Bastille Day In Paris Was Fun To Experience

For Bastille Day there was a giant flag hanging from the Arc de Triomph. So incredible.

Bastille Day In Paris, France

For Bastille Day we decided to watch the fireworks from Pont de Grenelle. Nearby is the Île aux Cygnes, a small island on the river Seine and home to a small replica of the Statue of Liberty.

Fireworks At The Eiffel Tower

The fireworks were AMAZING!!!! If you ever have the opportunity to be in Paris on Bastille Day, do it!!

It’s not the best quality, but here’s a short video of the fireworks!

Eiffel Tower In Paris, France

To Paris, with love.

Hotel Napoleon In Paris, France

Okay, so let me tell you about our hotel in Paris! We stayed at the Hotel Napoleon and had an amazing experience. Much better than last time!!

Hotel Napoleon In Paris, France

Our room was stunning.

Hotel Napoleon In Paris, France

Every room at the hotel is slightly different with its own personal charm.

Things To See In Paris, France

And check out this view! The location could not have been more perfect. It’s right off the Champs Elysees, and you can almost reach out and touch the Arc de Triomph!

Bastille Day In Paris, France

For Bastille Day we could watch the jets right from our balcony.

Press play below!

How awesome is the red, white, and blue smoke??!

Hotel Napoleon In Paris, France

Seriously loved the Hotel Napoleon and would highly recommend. We’d definitely stay here again! :)

Over the next few days we took some day trips from Paris into the French countryside. Stayed tuned!!

Until next time. xoxo

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2 Responses
  1. Patty K-P

    It’s so great that you get to revisit your favorite places. I’m sure it’s like reading a good book – learn something new each time :D

  2. Kristin

    I think part of Sainte-Chapelle is the history, but I think my favorite part was the amazing carvings in the stone at the front of the building.

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