We arrived in Paris in the morning with not sleeping on the plane on our way there. However, we were ready to wander this beautiful city and see the sights. Our first order of business was to find our hotel. In hindsight, we wish we would have taken a cab or Uber to our hotel only because we ended up walking way more on my broken leg than was worth it. Public transportation is AMAZING in Paris, unless, you are hobbling around in pain with a backpack on your back. Then it becomes daunting, frustrating and painful. The very few metro stations that had escalators were mostly shut down due to maintenance. I wanted to cry every time, yet another, staircase presented itself.
However, we did manage to find our hotel and we stayed the next four nights at Hotel de Neuve in le Marais http://www.hoteldeneuveparis.com/. It was a very quaint hotel with extremely helpful and kind staff. I also mean ‘quaint’ to equate with ‘tiny’. Our room was very small and so is the reception area, staircases and elevator. However, it was comfortable enough (especially if you are not a tall woman with a broken leg) and I would still highly recommend this accommodation.
We then walked around and visited the Square Jean XXII and the most famous Gothic cathedral - Notre-Dame. It’s as beautiful as you ever imagined. We were lucky enough not to have to wait in exuberantly long lines, but I did pass on taking the steps/tour to the top. I would likely recommend that to someone else though.
Then we headed off to take a Champagne Cruise down the Seine River. I cannot recommend enough to take this tour! This was absolutely worth it and such a great way to spend the first evening when we arrived. It gave us an overview of the whole city and an exceptional opportunity to take photos of the most iconic monuments throughout the City of Lights! http://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com/champagne-cruise-paris/