Bonjour from Paris! Early Friday morning, I flew from Valencia to Paris where I met Taylor, who had just flown in from Seattle! We are spending the long Easter weekend in the City of Lights, then heading back to Valencia for the week, and finally finishing the trip off with a weekend in Madrid.
After settling into our apartment and grabbing a quick bite to eat on Friday afternoon, we headed out to explore. Unfortunately rain was on the forecast which made sightseeing a bit difficult. Knowing that we only had 3 days and a long list of sights to see, we braved the rain and headed to the Eiffel Tower.
Although sunshine would have been welcomed, we were still both impressed and amazed with the structure! We’ve all seen a thousand pictures of it, but seeing it in person is a whole different experience.
After playing tourist and walking all day (14 miles… not bad for day 1!), we were hungry!
Croque Madame (grilled ham & cheese sandwich with fried egg on top) for me and Lamb Chops with Ratatouille for Taylor.
Palais Garnier Opera House.
Galeries Lafayette. A high-end French department store with a beautiful stained glass dome and sweeping views of the city from the rooftop.
Next up, macaroons from Pierre Hermé, known for radical flavor combinations. We tried Matcha Green Tea & Crispy Black Sesame, Passion Fruit with Rhubarb & Strawberries, Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit, and Olive Oil & Mandarin. All delicious, but Passion Fruit with Rhubarb & Strawberries was the favorite!
Since we were so close, we walked over to The Louvre Museum to enjoy our macaroons with a view!
True bliss… they really were this delicious!
Yes, yes, I know, I am such a tourist… but I had to do it! There are small cement blocks all around the structure strategically placed there for people like myself to take this exact picture. If you are wondering, yes I did stand in line for 5 minutes for this block.
Next up, Luxembourg Gardens! Like the Eiffel Tower, still beautiful on a dark and dreary day.
We have a Paris list of things to do and high on that list was street crêpes! This Nutella, banana, and hazelnuts combination was a winner!
We ended our first full day in Paris with a flavorful French cheese plate, French onion soup, and escargots.
There you have it, a quick overview of our first two days in Paris! With many beautiful sights comes many pictures, so I will definitely be doing multiple posts about the city in the upcoming week. Stay tuned!