Paris

I like Paris- Part Deux

So, after a quick snack at the Eiffel Tower, we headed to the Arc de Triomphe.

It a bit cold and windy, but still neat to see.   It was also fun to watch random tourists trying to dodge the traffic circling the Arc- and the police directing them to the underground tunnel for when they cross back.

A quick walk down the Champs Elysees and then we hopped on the metro to another highlight of Paris: Angelina’s.

Li looks happy about being in the shopping epicenter of France, doesn’t she?

My father had emphasized the need to go to Angelina’s at least once while we were in Paris.  It didn’t disappoint.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge chocolate fan- but they had the best hot chocolate I ever tasted.   I wish I had the recipe- I could definitely imagine waking up each morning of a cup of Angelina’s hot chocolate.  Their pastries are also delicious, but pale in comparison to the chocolate.

After, we cut through the Louvre’s grounds, and Li insisted on a break from walking…and soon our arms also needed a break.

The next morning, after Li found her Easter basket in our tiny room, we strolled over to the Louvre.  And… I might have lost it a bit at the length of the line.  It looked like it was miles long…I couldn’t see the end of it. 

 

Photo taken about 15 minutes into our wait- the entrance is on the other side of the pyramid…See the tiny people in the distance?  I did get a kick at all the people posing in front of it while we waited though.

It was EASTER- why weren’t all those people at Notre Dame or something!?!  Probably for the same reason we weren’t, huh?

I also like the faint halo that some drew on the sign…

The line went pretty fast though- and next thing I knew, we were staring at priceless works of art.   While I enjoy a good painting as much as the next girl, I realized from my pictures that I’m more of a sculpture type of girl.  🙂

   

 

 

That afternoon led us to another church- Saint Chapelle.   The church is tiny, and the pictures can’t do it justice.  It takes your breath away when you enter.   

The next morning, after a quick pain au chocolate, we headed home.   It was a wonderful trip- but we were exhausted.  

There were so many things we still didn’t get to see – but we’ll just have to hit them when we return.

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I like Paris in the springtime….

…Otherwise known as the post of a thousand pictures. 

We’re down to two weeks before we head back to the states- and it seems we’ve saved our most extensive travel for our last two weekends.   We drove to Paris for the Easter weekend- it was about a four-hour car drive- and we’ll be heading to Switzerland in a few days.

I feel like a broken record- I keep talking about how beautiful all these European cities are- but Paris really was beautiful.  It seems like the entire city was designed to be pretty.   That being said, I don’t think Paris is the best choice if you have toddler.  Li was pretty good, all things considered, but there were a lot of lines, crowds of people, and a fair share of toddler meltdowns.  Paris is all about the cafe culture- which doesn’t always accommodate children.  Brisket and I have already decided to go back someday- but maybe without children the next time.

The weather started off great- but turned cloudy and rainy our two following days.  We made the best of it though, and managed to see most of our top sites without too much trouble.  As usual though, we forgot a hat for Li.  Luckily, there were plenty of options.   Doesn’t she look Parisian?

Our hotel was tiny, but had a nice balconey, and was only a five minute walk from Notre Dame

We headed to Notre Dame first.  Like many of the places we’ve been on the trip, it’s surreal being someplace you’ve studied in history classes for most of your life!

Did I mention it was a bit windy?

The pedestrian bridge to Notre Dame is covered with locks-  the tradition is to buy a lock, sign your and your significant other’s name, and throw the key into the Seine.  Pretty romantic. 🙂

 

 

We then picked up some Croque Madames (ham sandwiches with egg) at a little shop to eat along the Seine.  My French is still horrible, but the little old man behind the counter understood me enough!

We also indulged in a few of my favorite things- we stopped at Berthillion’s, Paris’s most famous ice cream shop, and headed to Shakespeare and Company, Paris’s most famous English bookstore.

The next day we headed to the Eiffel Tower.  One word: Amazing.

 

 

While I marveled over the architecture, Li loved the playground.

  

Up Next: The Arc De Triomphe, the Louvre, and the best hot chocolate in Paris…

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