Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Photo Journal - Paris Part II

Continuing on with more fun in Paris... See part I here

Hanging around the Jardin de Tuileries


And walking all the way to the Louvre



to the Palais Royal and its gardens

We had rain on and off. Nothing we could not manage... It is true what they say though, Paris is so beautiful in the rain

Notre Dame Cathedral



V wanted to get a French book so much (don't ask, she can't read it), she loved spending time looking around the little stalls along the Seine
Our walk took us to the Latin Quarter and Boulevard Saint Germain
Another movie trivia, what movie was this little street on?

And this place? From the same movie above? Of course, V wanted to check out. Shakespeare and Company is super cool inside
We scheduled for a little of museum time so, Musee d'Orsay was the right option for us. This is by far, my favorite museum in Paris... I just love it there...




These two, cannot help themselves


Enough museums for now, more walking along the Seine





We walked to the Ile Saint-Louis

Berthillon's ice cream is a must stop






Onto the Marais... It was a nice afternoon... People out everywhere enjoying the beautiful weather
Macaron break at the Place de Vogues



More from in the Marais


Even though the weather was glorious, I had to make a stop at l'Orangery... Monet's Nympheas were calling us... (another movie trivia, can you guess the movie that had a scene here? It's one of my favorites)





More leisure walking in Pere Lachaise... It reminded us of our visit to La Recoleta in Buenos Aires





Resting place of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Voltaire among many others. Pere Lachaise is simply put, pure goodness

More weather perfection, in the Jardin du Luxembourg (my favorite park in Paris)




Some thoughts on Paris:
  • Lets start with the food. Everything we ate (steak frites, succulent roasted chicken, goat cheese salad, omelettes, croque monsieur and madame, we tried it all!) was so, so good, it puts just about anything we have eaten recently in a restaurant to shame. But not only that, anything we bought at the market and consumed in our apartment was fantastic... Don't even get me started on the wine and coffee... God, I miss Paris already. Also, it is worth mentioning that eating in Paris (as compared to the US) can be so economical. You can have a fabulous meal in a brasserie or cafe including wine (sometimes even an appetizer or a dessert) for less that 15 Euros... Try finding that here in the US.
  • We did some serious walking, the only way to see Paris. We walked everywhere from the Eiffel tower to the Arc de Triumph, down the Champs Elisees to the Louvre. From the little streets of Ile Saint Louis to the Marais and to the Centre de Pompidou. Boulevard Saint Germain to Jardin de Luxemburg and all over Montmartre. This is the best way to see Paris in my opinion. Just make sure you make lots of stops for replenishments along the way (Crepes are a hard thing to pass by)
  • Visit the museums, don't even think about skipping them, you will regret it. We did two museums this time around. 3 out of 4 members of this family enjoy going to the museums but how fair is it for the little guy? I just kept him going with promises of macarons, pastries, hot chocolate... I struggle with my little guy. I don't expect him to have a love of the arts but a I'll be happy with a little appreciation. I hope the exposure will stay in the recess of his mind as a good memory and not as a torture mechanism mom used on him growing up.  Anyway, we settled on Musee d'Orsay and L'Orangery. They were both stellar on every level (here is a tip for you, if you buy these tickets together, the price is better than buying them separately. But if you are planning on visiting more museums when you are in Paris, the museum pass might be the way to go. Do your research, it will pay off. Also, get there early!!! - I can't stress this enough... You'll have the museum all to yourself)
Ok, this concludes our little trip to Paris. I just can't get enough of that place. I can visit over and over again. Dear Paris, I love you. I always have and I always will... Until we see you again.

Friends, if you follow me in instagram you know that we are just got back from the Netherlands,  another outstanding place. Stay tuned for some pictures from our time there. It was awesome and I can't wait to share those pictures with you.

More from France, here
Last time in Paris here (this post spearheaded the this humble compilation of pictures)
More pictures of our family travels here
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