The next city on our adventure was Paris! I've been to Paris before in 2007, but Grant had never been, so I thought that it would be fun for the two of us to go together.
We stayed in Le Marais in this cute Airbnb. It was in a fantastic location. There was a yummy bakery right across the street so we would get an almond croissant every morning. Also, the metro stop is just right next to the bakery!
The first day we arrived we were exhausted from our flight. Morning flights are the worst. We eventually went out to grab dinner and walk around. We went to Café Charlot for dinner. Their brioche was so delicious. After that we just wandered through the streets. We found a little shopping area with lots of shops and people. It was fun to just happen upon the stores. Le Marais is a really cute area that I would recommend staying in.
The next day we went to Notre Dame. Last time I was in Paris it was closed so I didn't get to go in. It was nice to go in and see the beautiful stained glass. Although I heard Sainte-Chapelle is amazing for that. We unfortunately did not make it there this trip, but is definitely on my list the next time I'm in Paris. We had a delicious falafel at L'As du Fallafel and some yummy macarons at Ladureé. I wanted to try the macarons at Pierre Hermé but also didn't get a chance to. We walked along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triumph. The Arc de Triumph was closed though for Armistice Day. We did get to see a little march though. After that we went to the Grand Palais to see the Hokusai exhibit and then dinner at La Jacobine.
Day 3 we went to Coutume Café for some brunch. They had a tasty brunch and delicious grapefruit juice a little off of the beaten path. We then walked to the Jardin du Luxembourg. This park was definitely one of the highlights of Paris. It happened to be sunny that day, which was perfect. We walked around the park and almost missed the palace and pond. The pond was my favorite part of the park. I loved all the little kids pushing their model sail boats with sticks. Here's a hyperlapse:[vimeo 114816860 w=568 h=320]
We then went to a board game store and the Musée Rodin. The sculpture garden was nice to walk around. It seems like a good place to bring a book and lounge around.
We then went to the Place du Trocadéro to get a good view of the Eiffel Tower. There were so many selfie sticks. I've never seen so many in my life. I love and hate the idea of a selfie stick. I see it's benefits, it's just so silly. I secretly wanted one. :)
After that we walked to the Eiffel Tower and decided to go up to the top. It was fun and cold to be up there. It was also super crowded. I can't really imagine being there during high season. We then went to the Parc du Champ de Mars to see Eiffel Tower light up on the hour. We were a little early though so we just sat at a bench and enjoyed some live music.
After that we went to the Latin Quarter in search of the tasty Gyro that I had in 2007 and we found it! It's called La Maison de Gyros. We grabbed a Gyro and a crepe and went to go sit next the river. It was a great way to end the night.
The last day we went to Angelina's in the morning to grab some hot chocolate and a little breakfast before we headed to the Louvre. The line to enter the Louvre was not to bad at all and you can just use the ticket machines to buy tickets so you don't have to wait in line. We explored the Louvre for hours and then were hangry so we went to find some food. We went to a ramen place, which now when I think about it was probably my least favorite meal on the entire trip. We then hurried over to Sainte-Chappelle and got there 15 minutes before they were going to close, but they were already closed! I was sad, but hopefully I'll get to go back to Paris another time.
We ended our trip with a fondue dinner at Le Refuge des Fondus. It wasn't just any fondue dinner though. It was a fondue dinner that also involved wine in glass baby bottles! I had heard about this place, but didn't really know what to expect. It was a really fun way to end our trip though. The people who work there are so silly. It's a fixed menu and all they ask you is if you want meat or cheese. We went for the cheese option. The restaurant is small and there a long table against each wall. They make you step over the table to get to your seat. I tried to move the table when I was gonna leave because I scared I was going to fall into someone's fondue, but the staff would not have any of that and made me step over. It was a fun environment. Everyone was having a good time. We had a lot of cheese and bread and wine. We ended the meal with orange ice cream in an orange and it was so delicious. I loved the entire experience. The place is cash only, so remember to bring cash!
After dinner we took the tram up to see Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre. We hung out there for a little bit and soaked in the view before we had to go home and pack up for the next leg of our trip. Au revoir Paris! Until next time!