Our first full day in Paris was dedicated to exploring. We awoke to discover it was 11:45 am – and we never sleep past 9. We got ready and headed to the Rive Seine towards the Eiffel Tower. We had every intention of making it to a pastisserie in the 16th arrondisment, but barely made it 3/4 mile before we realized we were hungry. We headed into Le Frigate where we enjoyed a salade with poached egg & bacon and scallop skewers with rice. The restaurant was filled with paintings and right across from the Seine.
With full bellies, we continued past the Palais du Justice, Musee d’Orsay, and the Invalides. There was a security conference in front of the Invalides where we saw plenty of police and fire gear (thought of Mark too). We kept walking towards the Eiffel Tower. When D finally caught a glimpse of it, he said “wow, it’s tall.” We stopped and got a pain au chocolat (A’s favorite) and a macaroon vanille (D’s favorite) for the road before discovering a café with a view of the Eiffel Tower to sit for a minute before joining the rest of the crowds at the Eiffel Tower.
There were a few options for getting up the Eiffel Tower and with a marathon and half-marathon between us we decided to brave the 1st 1 2nd levels via the stairs. The view from the 2nd level was better than the 1st and we rewarded ourselves with the aforementioned pain au chocolat and macaroon. The lines to get up to the 3rd level were quite long and we opted not to keep going to the top – we may go back.
After descending, we crossed the Seine and headed to the Rive Droit for the first time. We wandered in search of a toilette and found ourselves at the Georges V (aka the Four Seasons) where we enjoyed two very expensive, but well named cocktails: an “Enjoy Yourself” (A) and a “No Regrets” (D). It was a fun way to see and enjoy a beautiful hotel. And could the drink names have been any better? We think not.
We continued to the Champs Elysee where we discovered the Renault showroom with cars fit for Terry. (Along the way today I found several new small, dream cars including a very cute Fiat hatchback like the Mini but so much better). Further ahead, we found Laduree where D was in heaven with a plethora of macaroon choices. If you haven’t figured it out yet, D loves French macaroons. They’re different from coconut macaroons and come in wonderful flavors – pistache, vanille, licorice (definite D choice), pamplemousse (aka grapefruit), framboise, caramel au fleur de sel, and chocolat.
We headed towards the Arc de Triomphe with a slight detour to admire the quite expensive goods at Louis Vuitton. We arrived at the Arc just at dusk for a beautiful view of it filled with lights.
We walked back down the Champs Elysee towards the Place de la Concorde and continued onto the Rue de Rivoli past the Jardins de Tuiliere and the Louvre before crossing back to the Rive Gauche via the Pont Neuf.
We finished the evening by enjoying a simple and cheap dinner of pasta and pizza. Capped off the night with a delicious gelato.
Another great day in Paris. We’re both exhausted after walking the entire day. We’re still trying to avoid the metro and enjoy the view. We had trouble with the bike machine. Unlike everywhere else in Paris, it did not like our credit card or our debit card for that matter.
Tomorrow the Louvre, Pompidou, Musee Picasso, and Musee d’ Orangerie.