It’s now time for the final installment of my 4 part late honeymoon/one year anniversary trip recap, which is all about our experiences in Paris.
Before we left for our trip, I tried to keep my expectations low when it came to Paris. This was a place I’d always wanted to visit, and I was really worried that I’d be completely disappointed when I actually got there.
I’m happy to say that I had absolutely no reason to worry. The city was just as beautiful and interesting as I’d hoped it would be, and I had the best meal of the entire trip there. The only thing I felt disappointed about was the fact that we weren’t staying there longer! (And, if I’m being honest here, I was also a little disappointed about the fact that I’m not rich and couldn’t afford a shopping spree in stores like Hermès and Chanel. But, since I already knew that before we left, it didn’t completely crush my spirit or anything.)
Here are some examples of the gorgeous scenery:
And, of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a ton of pictures of the Eiffel Tower:
Earlier I mentioned that I had the best meal of the entire trip while in Paris. That meal was at A La Petite Chaise, which is the oldest restaurant in the city. The three course dinner included unlimited wine (which probably explains the picture on the right above). I may have been drunk by the end of the meal, but I could still appreciate it … And it’s definitely one of my favorite memories from the trip!
Because the meal was so special, I’m sharing individual photos of the food (as opposed to a collage):
In addition to taking a bunch of pictures of the food, we also got a few of ourselves:
Eric also got a few really good shots of the exterior of the restaurant while he was waiting for me to get out of the bathroom. Here’s the thing about really old restaurants (or this one, at least): the bathrooms are tiny and only made for one person. And if you’re part of a tour group that just finished a large meal which included unlimited wine, chances are you’ll be waiting in line for a very long time.
After dinner and some sightseeing, I really wanted some champagne. Eric and I were initially just going to go to the top floor bar in our hotel for drinks, but after looking at the prices on the menu, we decided we should go elsewhere. (I’m not exaggerating when I say it would have been at least 85 US dollars for two drinks … And that was if we ordered two of the cheapest options!)
We wound up across the street at a random restaurant/bar, which actually turned out well since we managed to get a few decent pictures of the exterior of our hotel:
And, of course, we got pictures of our drinks (plus an oh-so-classy shot of me drinking my champagne):
The next morning we woke up (hangover free, I might add!) and continued exploring the city. We took a bunch of touristy photos, but, since I figured I shouldn’t add 300 pictures to this post, only some of my favorites are shown:
This was my absolute favorite touristy picture of us:
We spent several hours in the Louvre that day as well. I knew it would be huge, but holy shit! (This made me think about the part in The Dreamers when the three main characters race through the Louvre, and I kept thinking, “They were nuts! This place is way too big to run through!”) It was like a giant maze filled with the most beautiful, amazing things in the world. Every time we’d enter a new room, I found myself saying, “Oh my God! Look at this! Wow!”
We both felt like we could have spent a week going to the Louvre every day and we’d probably still miss something. I wish there had been more time to explore, but we still managed to see a lot of really awesome things.
And, of course, the top priority for us once inside the Louvre was to locate the Mona Lisa (and, of course, take a silly selfie in front of it):
We took a ridiculous amount of pictures inside the Louvre, but I didn’t want to post all (or even most) of them since I’ve already shared so many from our time in Paris. I’m still going to share one of the pictures we took on our way out, though:
After our time in the Louvre, we spent the rest of the evening shopping and making our way back to the hotel. Since it was a decent walk, we decided to just have dinner at a random restaurant we passed on the way back. While it definitely wasn’t as good as our meal the night before, it was still pretty good. And that view!
Eric had a leg of duck, which was served on a bed of potatoes (bottom right). I had a small steak in gorgonzola sauce (which was delicious!) and a side of fries (middle right). And, of course, no French meal is complete without some bread and wine!
After dinner, we picked up a few snacks and went back to our hotel. And, since I haven’t posted the pictures of our Paris hotel room yet, I’ll throw those in here as well. (And yes, that is a bidet in the bathroom. I wasn’t brave enough to try it, but Eric said he tried it once. When I asked him how it was he said, “I think it requires some practice to do it right. I’d do it again.” Maybe I shouldn’t have asked.)
Before I end my recap, I just have to share one last picture. I took this from our hotel room window to remember why I will never attempt to drive in Paris:
In case you can’t see it that well, there are no designated lanes on the road in that clusterfuck of a circle. (There are also no designated lanes in the circular area surrounding the Arc de Triomphe.) I find that terrifying!
Everyone has asked me what my favorite part of the trip was, and I honestly never know what to tell them. I enjoyed every city we visited, and would love to spend more time in each of them. After writing these recaps and looking through my pictures again, though, I think I’d have to say that Paris was probably my favorite city. (It was Eric’s favorite too, in case anyone was wondering.)
I’m so glad that Eric and I were able to take this trip. It was so much fun, and I know we’d both go back in a heartbeat! I’m really hoping we’ll be able to take some sort of anniversary trip next year as well (though I know that realistically it won’t be another extended vacation like this one). A girl can dream, though!