I might have mentioned a few posts ago that I was gearing up for a really big vacation this year, and ta-da! I went to Europe! Of course, I went with my favorite travel buddy of all time, my boyfriend Joe. Our first stop of the trip, Paris!
We arrived in Paris at 2pm and didn’t want to waste any time. We dropped our stuff off at the studio (via Aribnb, which I totally recommend!) and immediately headed out. Since we were staying in the 3rd arrondissement on the East side of Paris, we decided to start far West and wander our way back. So, we started with the Arc de Triomphe. Even though Joe and I probably only slept 3 hours on the plane, once you see something as incredible and gorgeous as the arc, the adrenaline starts pumping and all the sudden, not tired!
We decided to walk down the Champs-Elysees and stop for some famous macaroons from Laduree on our way to the Pont Alexandre III bridge. From the bridge we could see the Eiffel Tower. More excitement. I made Joe go to the closest market with me to grab a bottle of wine. We sat down in the Champ de Mars with our macaroons, bottle of wine and had that “oh my goodness, we are in Paris!” moment.
After admiring the scene and taking a ton of pictures, we walked across the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge (the bridge in the movie Inception, one of our favs). From then we took the subway back to the area we were staying in and to have dinner (and more wine) at a delicious pizza place called Pizza Rossi.
Versailles. Versailles was number one on my wish list once we decided we were going to Paris and I was not disappointed. Joe and I signed up for a tour of the palace that started around 1pm, so we walked the gardens in the morning. You probably wont be able to see every part of the gardens unless you spend literally all day there. But no matter where you go in the gardens, you wont be disappointed. I loved the tour we did of the palace. You can walk around by yourself but there are so many cool nuances within the palace that I don’t think one would notice unless they were on a guided tour. The whole palace is just beyond beautiful (Marie really knew how to decorate).
Since our time in Paris was limited, we left Versailles in the afternoon to allow for time to get back to Paris and visit Notre Dame. So we took the train back and got off at the Saint Michael stop. From there, we went to an amazing bookshop named Shakespeare and Company, and then walked across the bridge to Notre Dame. Again, so beautiful.
For dinner, we went to an adorable Parisian cafe called Manfred, had amazing burgers and more wine. We then went to a “speakeasy type” of bar called The Experimental Cocktail Club. It wasn’t a traditional speakeasy, so no password was required, but it had a prohibition style atmosphere with delicious craft cocktails. I can’t tell you what the names of our drinks were exactly. It was the type of bar where you told the bartender I love gin, and I’m in the mood for something sour or tart and he created something phenomenal. Joe had a bitter whiskey drink that was too much for me to handle, but he enjoy it. Also, their playlist consisted of 80s music and some Marvin Gaye. My kind of classy joint.
Day 3 – kind of…
The next day we were leaving for London. But, our train didn’t leave until 2:30 so we woke up early and hit The Louvre. You have to go to the Louvre while you are in Paris, It’s just a must. Since we had limited time, I looked up all my favorite paintings and wrote which halls/rooms they were in the night before. Yes, after all the wine and cocktails, I’m still a little impressed myself. When we arrived at the museum I knew exactly where to go and was able to see everything I wanted in 2 hours. I think I broke a record. After the museum, we walked to our place to grab out stuff and saw The Centre Pompidou building on the way.
On our way to the train we grabbed one more bottle of wine, some cheese and a baguette.
Next stop – London!