one night in paris, france

Last year Brandon was required to fly back to the States for a week-long orientation in Florida. Being the nice husband that he is, he invited me to come along. I wasn’t crazy about leaving our dog Malcolm for a week, but since my legs hadn’t seen real sunshine in 6-7 months (thanks, Scotland) I was excited to spend some quality time on the beach – covered in SPF 70 (seriously, Scotland… thanks).

On our way back home from Orlando to Aberdeen, B surprised me with a long layover in Paris. We had cancelled travel plans to France earlier in the month due to a visa fiasco and he thought this would be fun. One night in Paris? How romantic! Other than me screaming in the middle of the night because of our Air France flight suddenly dropping over the Atlantic, travel arrangements and planning went smoothly.

If you ever decide to travel from the United States to Europe with a long layover in between, the first thing you should know is that you’ll be terribly sleepy. We originally had big plans for Paris but our jet lag definitely interfered. Still, it was wonderful to roam around and take it easy. Not having plans is sometimes more enjoyable than rushing around like crazy tourists, which we usually are.

Paris France
Paris France outside of the Louvre
Paris France Louvre
Paris France Louvre
One night in Paris
Paris France Louvre Mona Lisa
Paris France Louvre
Paris France The Louvre Statue
The Louvre in Paris
A view of Paris, France
Paris, France Eiffel Tower
Paris, France Eiffel Tower

We were able to explore the Louvre, have lunch at a few cafes and experience the Eiffel Tower at night, but next time I’d like to make a stop at Notre Dame, see if there are any offers to the Paris Disneyland and take photos of the Arc de Triomphe.

Even though Paris is a crowded and popular tourist destination, and people can sometimes be not so nice, there’s a liveliness about the city that will keep us coming back for more. Oh, and the food? That might be the best part.

Have you even spent one night in Paris, France? Or anywhere for that matter.


Filed Under: France, Paris, Travel38 Comments

    Great pictures. I know you had a blast.

    No I havent been to Paris but would love to go one day.

  • Allison

    Beautiful pictures! Would you recommend/have tips for any of the places you have visited?

  • Amanda

    I’ve been several times now and I adore it! It’s such a cliche but it’s probably my favorite European city. (Sorry London!) xx

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  • Another Clean Slate

    What a thoughtful surprise. I have never been to Paris but would love to go… of course. Having no plans and roaming is such a great way to spend a day in a new city :)

  • Jennifer

    I would love to go to Paris. Love the photos.

  • Danielle Villano

    Oh, how beautiful! Paris is definitely on the top of my “must visit” list!


  • Becky K

    Gorgeous photos. There isn’t a place in the world better than Paris if you ask me! Glad you got to see some things in spite of the sleepiness!


  • Jenni@FlyingOnARainbow

    What a lovely surprise! I’ve been to Paris twice. I didn’t enjoy it the first time, but loved it the second time! In fact the second time we were taken out to dinner by a friend as a belated wedding present, how cool is that?!

  • lacasasullaScogliera

    Oh yes! I was in Paris two time and the city was merveillous but I also was two time in Scotland and prefer this country! I LOVE Scotland Edimburgh Aberdeen Inverness too… Oh dear this is my favourity country!!! Kiss from Italy!


  • Cocalores

    Even if it’s only for a short stay, Paris is always wonderful. I’ve been a couple of times, but it still amazes me whenever I get to go. Looks like you had a great time despite the jetlag!

  • From Foothills to Fog

    ahhh Paris! So beautiful. I had 5 days there and it still wasn’t enough! But like you said, sometimes it gives you the freedom to just stroll through the streets and soak it all in rather than running around like a crazy tourist! Your photos are lovely, I like the B&W!

  • Samantha @ Life is But a Stream of Thoughts

    What wonderful pictures! And the flight thing is so true. I’m still sleepy from my flight from RDU in Raleigh, NC to JFK in New York, to FCO in Rome, Italy.

  • Christine Rosko

    I love these pictures! I miss Paris so much. It’s such a great city. I could even see myself living there. I’m glad you had such a great time!

  • Beatriz Ramos

    Paris is one of my favorite cities.. I am from Spain so I had the opportunity to go a few times. Disneyland is so much fun, you will love it.


  • Erika @

    I’m fortunate that I’ve gotten to spend a nice amount of time in Paris and it’s a beautiful city, as evidenced by these classic and gorgeous black and white photos! :) Annnnnnnd I’ve been to Disneyland Paris about 5 times or so.. maybe more? Haha.. I love Disneyland Paris!!!! C’est de la magie! You should definitely go if you get a chance the next time! :)


  • Lauren ONeill

    Beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Paris so I hope to be able to do that one day :)

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  • David

    I went years ago with my grandfather.

    I still remember some of the amazing smells of the bakeries and pastry shops.

  • Bonnie Rose

    Love Paris. Went to EuroDisney when it opened and went to Paris last year for our 9th anniversary. Cannot wait to go back with my sons.

  • Emily Woodard

    I fell in love with Paris when I went. It was the most beautiful place I’ve seen to this day. I hope to go back soon.

  • Sarah Beth

    I took French in high school and have always wanted to go to France, especially Paris. I hope that I get to visit it one day <3

  • Petie

    Love your pic of the Eiffel Tower, all lit up…

  • Stephanie F

    Oh how sweet of your husband to surprise you with a day in Paris!! Très romantique! ;)

    That “drop” sounds awful though.

  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    I absolutely love Paris and how you made of these photos black and white!

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  • Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    How wonderful and I am more of the wander around and explore travler so this sounds just perfect to me!

  • Debbie Buisson

    I LOVE PARIS! I was so hesitant because I had heard such terrible things. It is such a beautiful city, there is so much to do! My husband and I spent 4 full days last winter and we are going again in a month. I am thrilled to relax without the sight seeing and also experience it in a different season of the year.

  • Madi I

    I went to Paris when I was 16, and feel head over heels in love with the city! I’m excited about taking my husband to visit and sharing it with him! I’m so glad you got to go! It sounds like it was a great trip even though you were a little lagged! :)

  • Kaitlin

    I went once as a kid and did all of the big touristy things (except Disneyland) but then when I was studying abroad in England in 2008 my boyfriend came to visit and we spent 23 hours in Paris! It was a whirlwind but we had a great time! We even stayed at a really nice hostel with Nutella on French bread for breakfast!

  • Ellen Bernardino

    Nice photos! One of my fantasy is to go to Paris :)

  • SweetMarie83

    This post made me so wistful. I went to Paris when I was 17 and have been longing to go back since. Those pictures are absolutely stunning. The one of the Mona Lisa made me grin like an idiot…I’d always had this fascination with her and I remember when we finally got to see her, there was this huge crowd around and my best friend grabbed my hand and basically elbowed us through to the front so I could stand in front of it. My cheap little camera + the flash against the glass meant the picture didn’t turn out, but I got a print from the gift shop. Glad you had a good time! :-)

    ~Marie @ Lost and Found ~ Reflections of a Daydreamer

  • The Bradleys

    I have!! I flew through the airport several times a year for over a decade but only really spent actual time in the city once, for about a week. Incredible!! Being a foodie I just want to eat all day….

    SO happy to be sponsoring you lass! I realized though I have my passionfruit account linked to my old email, if you need to get in touch with me it’s :)

  • Kayli Schattner

    I’ve never been to Paris, but it’s definitely on my “to-go-to” list! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and your editing is wonderful. It seems like even in one day you got to see so much! Thanks for sharing! x

  • Casey Martin

    Such fantastic photos of Paris… definitely a place everyone should see! I can’t wait to be back there in a few days!

  • Sarah Shumate

    Gorgeous photos! I love that you put them in B&W. It gives them that old world charm!

    I absolutely can’t wait to see Paris! I turn 30 in October, so I’m thinking that might make the perfect birthday gift, plus ease the stigma attached to turning 30. ;o) If you don’t mind me asking, where did you stay while you were there?

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  • Haley

    Looks like you guys got to see a lot with your jet lag! Beautiful pictures too by the way. My hubby and I have never been ANYWHERE in all of our eight years that we’ve known each other! How sad. But hopefully we’ll be able to travel and yes, Paris is on the looooong list of places to visit.

  • Nicole

    ahhh! this would be such a dream! i really really really hope i can go someday!


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