Upon our arrival, we made a Paris 'wish list' with all of the things we wanted to see. About a week in, we realised our pace was a sprint and that we could slow down a bit. This has made the second half of the trip more enjoyable, as we can see favourite things again and enjoy days spent at less-touristy attractions including markets, smaller museums, and parks.
Here's the highlight reel:
This garden is a wonderful entryway to the Louvre. Centred around a large fountain, statues and manicured gardens welcome thousands of Parisians and tourists.
Heels and lipstick are two things I normally go without, but not in Paris! Garrick even dressed up. We enjoyed a traditional French meal at La Caveau de l'isle on Ile Saint-Louis, an island in the middle of Paris. The restaurant is in a cave, with the ceiling painted red and candlelit tables. We ordered French onion soup, foie gras, rump steaks, and my husband's all time favourite, crème brulee. To conclude the evening, we took a lovely stroll by the Seine and enjoyed street musicians and stunning views of Notre Dame.
It's cheap, amazing, and a must-eat while in Paris.
It's a love/hate relationship. Fast, convenient, sweaty, jerky, and uncomfortable, this amazing system has taken us everywhere we've wanted to go in Paris!
The Palais Garnier
We visited the opera house which served as the setting for "The Phantom of the Opera." It's probably one of the most beautiful places I've seen. Everything says elegance, from the red velvet seating to the gold chandeliers, to the beautiful paintings.
We stumbled upon this square outside the Louvre and were pleasantly surprised by this string ensemble. This is also where some of the most high-end shopping can be found. I also stopped in a bookstore and picked up a "Doodle Paris" book to work on my French and drawing skills. So far, it's...going. :)
Sunday is market day in Paris. We headed out early to explore one of the largest markets in Paris and were not disappointed. It reminded us Seattle folk of Pike Place Market. It didn't take long for us to order pan au chocolats to have in hand while we wandered through the crowded stalls. I think we'll be back next week as I spotted some jewellery I loved!
I'm very thankful for the opportunities we've been given to see the world, and I'm also thankful that St Andrews is just a week and a half away!