August 4, 2016

Paris: Our Itinerary

It's been a month since I was in Paris, and, as I've been sorting through my pictures for my most recent trip to Paris, I've been trying to think of the best way I want to write about them, especially since I've posted about Paris the last few times I've been there.

The first time I went to Paris was in 2007 while I was living in London. When I graduated with my Master's, The Pilot took me to Paris. We had been together for 2 years and it was our first big trip together. Two years later, we went back twice on the front and back ends of our honeymoon. This most recent trip was for my mom. She had been to Paris as a teenager and had been dying to go back ever since. With her retiring this year (last week, in fact!), I decided to take her to Paris and brought my aunt, who had never been to Paris, along for the ride.

Before diving into all of our posts, I thought I'd share our (detailed) itinerary so that you can get an idea of how we maneuvered the city and what we did. We didn't at all schedule our itinerary, this is just what we happened to do, but for those planning a trip, this might be helpful!

Day 1: Landed in Charles de Gaulle, checked into our hotel in the Saint-Germain, and made our way to the Eiffel Tower for a trip to the top. I had been to the top of the Eiffel Tower on my first trip to Paris at night and didn't think it was worth a visit to the top again, but seeing it in the daytime makes every difference in the world! I loved pinpointing different spots from the top and actually seeing the city.

We spent a few hours at the Eiffel Tower and then made our way back toward our hotel, stopping for a quick dinner at a brasserie in the neighborhood before calling it a night. We were all pretty exhausted after not sleeping on the flight over so it was a somewhat early night for us!

Day 2: Paris by Mouth Food Tour. The Pilot and I went on Paris by Mouth's Taste of the Saint-Germain on our honeymoon and my mom insisted that we include one of their tours on this trip. We opted for the Taste of the Latin Quarter, which was every bit as wonderful as the first tour The Pilot and I went on, and gave us the opportunity to explore a neighborhood that I wasn't too familiar with.

The Pilot flew in that morning and we picked him up after our Food Tour and made our way to Notre Dame. We dropped my mom and aunt off at the Cathedral, and The Pilot and I wandered down to Ile-St. Louis for crepes and then stumbled on EuroCup exhibit at the Hotel de Ville.

We made our way back to Notre Dame and picked up my mom and aunt and headed to dinner at Ellsworth. We didn't have reservations but got a table at the bar where we had great service and the food was unbelievable. I couldn't rave enough about the food and the wine at this incredible restaurant! Served small plates style, we shared delicious creamy burrata with pickled cherries, fried chicken, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and so many other things. We were all set to leave when a downpour started and we ordered another bottle of wine. This was one of my favorite nights in Paris and I would go back to Ellsworth again and again and again!

Day 3: A morning run in the Luxembourg Gardens followed by a trip to Polaine Bakery before we made our way up to Montmartre. My family went to Sacre Cour and I made my way to Espace Dali, the Salvador Dali exhibit, and then, together, we paid a visit to the Moulin Rouge. We wandered down to the Canal St. Martin and then headed back to get ready for yet another amazing dinner. This time, at Semilla in the Saint-Germain.

Day 4: Versailles!

Day 5: The Louvre, the Champs D'Elysees, a trip to the top of the Arc du Triomphe, and then another impeccable dinner at Verjus, in the Marais.

Day 6: A morning stop to Pierre Herme for macarons, The Paris Opera (just for a visit), Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, the Eiffel Tower at night.

Day 7: Shopping! Lunch in the Saint-Germain followed by Berthillon's ice cream, getting lost in the Marais, another visit to Shakespeare and Company, before yet another fabulous dinner at Freddy's.

Day 8: A morning run in the Luxembourg Gardens, a shopping trip for chocolate(which I left on the plane!) and macarons, a trip to the Parc des Butte Chaumont, dinner in the Latin Quarter, and drinks to watch the EuroCup semi-final.

There you have it! It was a wonderful trip to Paris and I'm so excited to share the rest of our trip with you! I saw and did so many things that I had never seen or known about, and it was so fun realizing how well I know my way around Paris after so many trips there!

Thanks for bearing with me while I took almost a month to get at least one post up! I promise I won't wait that long before getting my next Paris post up!

Have you been to Paris? What are some of your favorite things to do in Paris? If you haven't been, what would you like to see most in the City of Light?

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