This is post continues our honeymoon series – I can’t wait to share them all with you! If you have any specific questions, just let me know in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We arrived via train from Brussels in the early afternoon and took a private car to our hotel. We booked our car in advance on the web and this was totally the best idea we had, since the train was in the north and we were heading towards the 15th arrondissement. We met the driver right outside the train station and hopped in the car! The driver spoke a little English but we were able to communicate a bit through my little French and his little English.
We arrived at our hotel, Hôtel Le Relais Saint Charles, and were surprised by the view from our hotel room:
The hotel was so tiny though! Small spaces, but very nice and perfect for our trip.
We immediately walked to the Eiffel Tower and had a picnic while looking up… I couldn’t believe we were finally here in Paris! It was definitely bittersweet – as I knew it was the last stop on our trip, but a place I had been looking forward to visiting since elementary school.
We wander around without much of plan, but heading in the direction of a coffee shop first suggested by Adrienne Young that I found through Pinterest, I believe. Coutume Café was tucked along a little street (which really is what makes up Paris, right?) with fantastic service and even better coffee. The staff was AMAZING with the coffee roaster himself engaging in conversation about how we needed to come back in the next few days because the coffee would be even better after it had rested a few days. It was a really great treat!
After this we wandered a bit more in the direction of our hotel to turn in for the night.
We started our morning bright and early at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Again, this church was on my church loving bucket list that I talked about earlier in this series. It was so wonderful to experience in person.
What blew me away though was the Sainte-Chapelle. I ended up going in alone because Roswell had been carrying his pocket knife and because the church is housed within the walls of Palais de Justice de Paris, you have to go through security and can’t obviously bring a knife in! But I didn’t let that rush me and took plenty of time to enjoy the church – and took a million photos! But, look… can you blame me?
Since we had hit the two popular landmarks early enough in the morning to avoid the crowds, we spent the rest of the morning following along Rick Steve’s Historic Paris Walk (Listen / Download and download the map)
We walked by the Louvre on the way to the Palais Royal, waved and said we’d see the museum tomorrow. We had lunch at the Villalys in the Palais Royal and rested our feet for a bit!
We visited the Musée de l’Armée and Le Tombeau de Napoléon to finish the day, and walked over to the Rue Cler, picking up meat and cheese and bread for a picnic in a park! We walked so much this day – 32,477 steps according to my Fitbit!
We began this morning with a sunrise photo session with Katie Mitchell Photography – people, this was my most favorite thing of the entire trip. I want to hire a photographer to do a photo shoot every vacation we go on from now on. It was such a great experience and you will see the photos next week’s honeymoon series post!
We then spent the rest of the morning at the Louvre, where I followed the Rick Steves The Louvre Audio Tours (Listen / Download and download the map). It definitely helped pick the top few items that I would have time to see that morning.
We also checked off another church on that bucket list: Église Saint-Sulpice – a la Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. I now believe that I have been to nearly every big landmark in the book! Maybe I’ll need to do a Photo Friday dedicated to that.
We hopped on the Metro (which Roswell and I loved!) and headed off to the Arc de Triomphe, where we got an amazing panoramic view of Paris.
We finished the night with an early dinner at Au Dernier Métro, right by our hotel. Roswell had gone down the night before and really enjoyed the atmosphere and I totally agreed. The bartenders were fantasic and taught us some French and cheered when I properly asked for the check (Nous sont pret pour l’addition!). Spent our last night watching the sunset and the Eiffel Tower light up – the best way to end our trip.
I think I could have spent the entire time in Paris and France and still not seen everything I wanted to! Paris is definitely on our list to go back and luckily Roswell was pleasantly surprised by Paris and ended up loving it as much as I did!
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