I've gone on and on about how much I enjoyed Paris, but haven't yet talked much about what we actually did. Despite our quick trip there I was very pleased with what we saw, so I'm going to give a quick day-by-day rundown of where our wanders took us.
On Tuesday morning we woke up in our amazing AirBnB flat (we arrived late-ish Monday night after busing in from Beauvais) and strolled to a little corner shop to pick up croissants for breakfast. After a bit more lounging in our flat we decided to start our day off with a visit to the Notre Dame. On our walk to the Notre Dame we found this incredible bookstore called I Love My Blender, where we each made a sneaky book purchase. When we arrived at the Notre Dame we hadn't planned on the incredibly long line to visit the Notre Dame, so we decided to instead walk along the Seine River (magic!). Of course, I HAD to stop into the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore (becausebooksaremyweakness). We finished off the day by wandering around the Marais, the fabulous neighborhood where we were staying.
On Wednesday, we had a similar lazy morning (it was vacation!). We decided that this was the day to visit the Louvre, but an unfortunately long security line ended up with us changing our plans yet again. We did get to see the pyramids and the incredible exterior of the Louvre, which was just, Wow. Not letting the long lines discourage us from seeing more, we decided to hop on the metro to see the Eiffel Tower. Well, that is a site not to be missed! I will never forget eating a nutella-filled crepe in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Opting to skip going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, we made our way to the Arc de Triomphe, where we watched the unbelievable traffic. We then wandered down the Champs Elysees in search of the best macarons.
|Finally, a good selfie!|
Thursday was our last day (we had to bus back to Beauvais in the evening), so we left our flat early and stopped at Le Pain Quotidien (I had been eyeing-it up) for some serious fueling before a busy day site-seeing. Le Pain Quotidien was SO GOOD. After a delicious breakfast we went straight to the Tuileries Garden and the Orangerie Museum. If you have time on your next visit to Paris and want to see an incredible selection of art I would strongly suggest that you visit the Orangerie Museum. It had two gigantic circular rooms with four Monet paintings each that were specifically commissioned to fit that room. Yes, the paintings took up the whole room and they were curved to fit the shape of the walls. Walking into the room was like walking into a Monet painting. There was also a selection of works from other Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. We finished our trip in Paris on a tasty note with Thai Food from Mme Shawn.
A Few Addresses:
I Love My Blender, 36 rue du Temple
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bucherie
Le Pain Quotidien, 18 rue des Archives
Mme Shawn, 3 rue des Recollets