We arrived in Paris at 6 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. After going through customs and getting our bags we grabbed a cab. People were headed into work and traffic was pretty dreadful so we got to our hotel, the Hotel Astor Saint Honoré, checked in early and crashed. As much as we wanted to sleep longer, we got up after two hours and went in search of lunch and coffee. We grabbed coffee, french onion soup and croque monsieur’s at Le Saint-Augustin. It was nice to wake up some and take in our surroundings without feeling overwhelmed.
After a filling lunch we walked down the Rue de la Pépinière. We walked around Printemps and Zara, grabbed more coffee and had to go veg in our rooms. Our phones were dead and my poor husband has been sick so I needed to get on the hotel wifi to check in on him. I decided not to worry about my phone working in Paris but luckily I can send iMessages and check my social media on wifi! After that it started raining hard and the temps dropped so we stayed in our room and planned out the next couple of days.
We ventured out for dinner at Le Mesnil where we had more french onion soup and delicious bread. We took a wrong turn out of the restaurant and ended up walking down Rue Saint-Honoré. By this point we had two hours of sleep in 33 hours, so we called it an early night.
Rain, rain and more rain. We didn’t mind though! Unfortunately, the subway workers and workers at Versaille, the Eiffel Tower and everywhere else we wanted to visit were on a day strike. So the perfect day for a museum. We started the day with breakfast at Angelina’s. I had coffee and a pastry and it was superb!
The Louvre was across the street so we pulled out our umbrella’s and waited in line for about an hour. We walked the entire thing. This day we walked 17,000 steps. Everything was new and lovely and exciting. We tried to see the Mona Lisa, but the crowd around her was wild!
After the Louvre we walked to Notre Dame. There are no words to describe how beautiful this place was so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
After walking so much we needed to refuel so we had lunch/dinner at Les Deaux Palais and had vegetable soup, lots of coffee and french fries!
After dinner we took our time walking back to the hotel, shopped a little and was ready for dessert when we got to our room. Room service was called and a chocolate soufflé arrived! Well after I ate that I was wired and could not sleep. I went to bed at midnight, woke up at 2 a.m. and that was it. Hello Friday!
Finally some sunshine! After some anxiety and confusion, we finally figured out the subway system and off to Versailles we went! It was an hour ride but we saw a lot of the other parts of Paris. We waited in line for about half an hour and off we went! We toured around the house and gardens and I’m ready to move in! It was everything I expected it to be and more. The history was so interesting and the architecture so beautiful and grand! After walking the grounds we only got lost once on the subway on the way back. We were a little tired and I had some work to do so we hung out in our room until dinner.
Dinner was at Marco Polo. We dined on chicken, steak, ice cream and apple pie. So good!
We overslept today and woke up at 11 a.m.! We rushed out of bed, got ready and started our day. We grabbed coffee and croissants at Le Paín du Faubourg.
Then we walked to the Arc de Triomphe.
We walked around and admired the beautiful architecture and moved on to the Champs-Élysées.
We did a little shopping and got macaroons at Laduree’s and grabbed more coffee and walked to the Eiffel Tower.
This was one of the most surreal moments of my life! I felt like I was in a dream walking around and seeing this famous and magical place!
We walked about 8 miles at this point and it was about to rain so we walked back to the hotel to drop off our bags. We had crossed everything off our list except for crepes so we went to the cutest place, Crepe Avenue and I got a banana nutella crepe that was DIVINE!
I think we covered everything in four days. I definitely thought it could be accomplished in three days but it was great being able to take our time. Paris was everything people said it would be. If you’re going in the spring bring a coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Oh and an umbrella! I wasn’t going to bring my coat with me but at the last minute brought it on the plane to act as a blanket if I wanted to sleep. I’m so glad I did!
Have you ever been to Paris? Visited any of the places above? What did you think about the City of Lights? Let me know below in a comment!