I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with my mom this weekend in Paris! It was a dream come true but my arrival could’ve been a little smoother. I got a taxi to the hotel and turns out there are two exact addresses – one in Paris and one outside of Paris. So the taxi driver took me to the one outside of Paris, and I ended up having an hour cab ride and a 90 EUR fare (don’t worry – I only had to pay 50). But once I (finally) arrived, we were off to explore!
Of course the first stop on the trip was the Eiffel Tower, because DUH. We grabbed a drink at a restaurant with a view of the Eiffel Tower and said “santé” with a glass of du vin rouge and a glass of champagne. We went to bed at 1:30 am – WAY after my bedtime.
On Saturday we took our time waking up and getting breakfast so we would be ready for the long day ahead of us. We walked past the Eiffel Tower to get to the Seine River where we walked along the water to get to our first stop – the Musee d’Orsay. The line to enter the Musee d’Orsay (famous art museum) was huge but went pretty fast. Turns out the people in front of us in line were from Raleigh – small world! Inside was artwork from all the greats – Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, etc. Seeing Monet’s Garden was awesome! I even snuck in a pic. After the museum we made a stop to check Le Louvre.
Then we went to a Frenchman’s choice of restaurant that not many tourists know about called Bouillon Chartier. It was tres Parisien, serving all typical French food. It was so nice to finally rest our feet after all that walking. But soon enough, it was time to move on to the next locale – Shops at Lafayette.
O M G is all I can say about the Shops at Lafayette. Pure craziness. Every designer brand you can think of, incredibly packed, and a different full floor for shoes, for purses and multiple floors for clothes. Honestly, I don’t know how people shop there because there was WAY too much to choose from. I got a little overwhelmed, but it was still really cool to experience.
Then we went to Sacre Coeur, the cathedral up at the top of a mountain. The walk up there was very entertaining with shops lining the streets and a bunch of artists out in the square. When we saw a Starbucks, of course we had to stop for one more rest and a little taste of home. We also went in a chocolate shop, and I had to get a macaroon – what’s more French?! From Sacre Coeur you can see an amazing view of Paris.
Can you believe we were still going after this? Well believe it. Because then we went back down to the Seine for a boat tour of Paris! It was so pretty to see the city at night from the water and to check out all the different bridges. I definitely recommend seeing Paris this way!
On the way back to our hotel, we walked under the Eiffel Tower for the first time, where we saw a man propose to a woman!
Sunday is to be continued …