Paris is Always a Good Idea

With a beautiful sleep, we awoke to a stunning breakfast in bed. It was everything you could imagine when you think of Paris: pain du chocolate, croissant, café.

We enjoyed the breakfast half in bed and half on our adorable balcony then headed out to finish our final day in Paris!

Strolling through our neighborhood, by Notre Dame, through the latin quarter, and onwards, we enjoyed the scenic views and dreamed that our trip would never end.

Being it was our final day, we of course had to visit the Iron Lady, with her strong base and flashy looks.

It was the perfect place for us to enjoy a bottle of champagne and to toast to how perfect our trip has been.

We spent some time further exploring the city, and hoping for a hot air balloon ride. However, we were disappointed with the fact that a hot air balloon ride entailed solely going up and down, stationary.

We abandoned the idea, and instead dipped our feet in the little water park, where all the kiddos were running around crazy.

Doing our research and planning for a fantastic dinner on our last night, we headed back to our neighborhood to a restaurant called Les Bourgresses. It has a deliciously sounding set menu and fantastic reviews so we jumped at the opportunity to try it out.

To start with, we each had an appetizer. Daniel ordered the fish tartar and I ordered the baked cheese bread on a salad.

For our mains, Daniel had the steak in foie gras and I had the sea bass.

We ended with two amazing desserts: creme brûlée and an apple type crumble (only way better!).

Strolling back home, we stopped to grab some drinks to toast to our final night in Paris. The beautiful scenery made our evening that much better.

We’ve been to Paris now twice in just over a year, and it really is a special city. Perhaps the nickname the city of love is an understatement. There’s no way you can’t fall in love with this place and everything it has to offer. But, if you can’t fall in love with the city, then you can at least fall more in love with the person you’re with!

The City of Long Lines

Paris is full of sites and opportunities to explore a city unlike no other. We set a big agenda out for ourselves to do everything super touristy that we could, and to see the main must sees on our list. Our first stop was the Louvre. We bought tickets ahead of time online, thinking this would help to avoid massive line ups, but instead it enables you to line up in a long line of people who bought tickets. Big tricksters! Once we went through security, we already had our plan mapped out to explore the Denon section of the museum, mainly the French paintings and the Greek and Roman area. 

No visit to the Louvre is complete without seeing the Mona Lisa, who although was smaller than I thought, was stunning. It was such a neat experience to see such a famous piece of art. 

After our visit, we walked through the brightly coloured Jardin de Tuileries, along the busy Champs-Elysées, to the massive Arc de Triomphe. We waited in the line to purchase tickets so that we could travel to the top for panoramic views of the city. 

The Arc itself was created to honor those who fought for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Along the arc itself, inscribed on the inside, are the names of the generals, and beneath the arc rests the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. 

Once we climbed the 284 steps, we were at the top of the Arc, which provided stunning views of the city, including the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Eiffle Tower. 

Seeing the Eiffel Tower in the near distance, made us excited to continue heading to our final destination. We climbed back down the stairs, sauntered along the streets, and finally arrived at the monument that has only been in our dreams! 

In awe, we walked around the Tower, snapping photographs, before settling down in a nearby park for our packed lunch. Having the view of the Tower in the background provided the perfect, and most romantic lunch. 

Deciding that you can’t visit the Tower without actually going to the top, we waited in a ridiculous hour line to purchase our €17 each tickets to go to the very top. Once through the ticket purchasing line, we waited in several more lines for each time we needed to ascend or descend a level. However, the stunning views at the top and the surreal feeling of being on the Eiffel Tower made it all worth while. 

After our Tower experience it was after 7pm, and we decided that we had to stay to see the Tower in the evening. We had a quick pit stop for crepes and an espresso, purchased a bottle of wine, and returned to see the beautiful structure lit up and glowing. We spent some time taking photos, and then sat in the park enjoying our bottle of wine, and wondering, does life get any better than this?

Realizing that we hadn’t ate dinner yet and it was almost 11, we hopped on the metro to head back to our home base location. We tried a cheaper €15 set meal just to see if there was any difference, and needless to say there was. The quality and flavors of the food were lacking, but being hungry and exhausted, we didn’t overly mind. 

For our first course, I had a leek tart and Daniel had a smoked salmon salad, accompanied by a bottle of wine. 

Our next course consisted of lamb for me, and duck for Daniel. 

Finally, we ended with apple tart and profiteroles. For the first time, we skipped our evening espresso, and promptly headed back to our house, our stomaches satisfied and our hearts full.