Hey friends! I am back with another Europe trip vacation recap. I apologize for falling off the bandwagon with that. I was rushing once I came back to update you and I just became overwhelmed. So we are heading back to my last days in Paris in this post. Don’t worry I won’t go into tremendous detail like my other posts. I will just stick to the highlights, which was EVERYTHING in my book, but I will try to narrow it down.
We headed to Notre Dame de Paris, a historic Catholic Cathedral, this day and caught the English speaking tour just in time. The tour took two hours but I swear I could’ve stayed for more. Our tour guide was a gem and so passionate about the history of the church. The cathedral was more than extraordinary. The detail and story behind every little thing was fascinating. I mean just look at the pictures below there is such detail. I loved learning about the king’s that were there, artwork, and architecture. I highly recommend the free tour if you visit. The photos don’t do it justice.
After the tour we grabbed ice cream and lunch then headed to Jardin des Plantes. A garden filled with flowers and animals to explore. It was miles and miles long so we set a game plan and hit up the hot spots.
Next we walked to Jardin de Luxembourg. A splendid garden park filled with lawn chairs for visitors to relax. The park seemed never ending. All the parks in Paris are inviting and extensive. There was also a palace sitting right there in the middle of the park. It was a beauty. The place is picture perfect.
We had to hit up Laduree (such a cute, sophisticated, girly space) a spot famous for it’s macaroons. If you don’t know a macaroon is a French sweet, a light cookie made with egg white, sugar, and usually ground almonds or coconut. I’ve never had a macaroon before this and thought it was a treat to experience my first taste in Paris.
Side Note: The food in Paris is very expensive. A burger… just a burger with no sides was $15. We only splurged one day and I didn’t get photos of the food. After that we stuck to cheaper options. Thank God we had free breakfast provided at our hotel.
Day 4: April 8, 2015
Today was relax and shop day. Remember we walked everywhere so letting the feet rest was important. We didn’t have massive plans. I just wanted to walk around the hot spots for shopping. I picked out some souvenirs for family. We had lunch at Pomme de Pain Sandwich Café that provided a meal and dessert for a great price.
Next we stopped by Locks of Love at Pont des Arts. What a sight! Locks completely covered the gates of the bridge. Along with the locks were names of couples written on pieces of wood. My husband and I added a lock to a spot that seemed like the only spot left. After that some homeless guy started yelling at me in French. It was startling. He continued to yell at others along the bridge too. I think that particular part of the bride was “his territory.” Weird!
The locks were removed since then, however I am so glad we were able to see the bridge beforehand. It was incredible. After we skedaddled from the bridge we walked to more shops to shop and window-gaze. We also went to the Louvre Museum to explore a bit too. We didn’t stay long! Humungous doesn’t seem like the right word to describe this playground of a museum.
I wanted to try more Parisian desserts so we visited a place right up the street from our hotel. I got to order in French because the clerk didn’t speak English at all. We decided on a delicious looking raspberry filled macaroon and crème brulee. The crème brulee was not that appetizing. The massive macaroon was amazing. So much better than the ones we tried the other day. YUM!
Thanks for stopping by friends,