Our first few days in Paris were so tiring! If you want to learn more about our self guided walking tour, check out my first two posts here and here. Walking around the city was incredibly rewarding; we experienced so much of what the city has to offer, and found some of our favorite restaurants by simply getting lost in the streets.
Our third day was no exception. We started the day by grabbing some breakfast at Bagelstein, which was just a block away from our Airbnb. We ate and walked, and chatted about our trip, our home, and of course, how much we missed Luna. We headed to The Louvre right when they opened, in hopes that it wouldn’t be too crazy.
If you have more time, I recommend purchasing a week pass at this incredible museum. There is so much to see, and we simply didn’t have enough time to look at everything. And if you’re like me, your brain might get overwhelmed pretty quickly; it would have been nice to split up the museum between a few days (or months!).
We did a mix of everything, from exploring Egyptian antiquities, Greek sculptures, to looking at (an obvious must see) The Mona Lisa. I didn’t take too many pictures in the museum, and most of them ended up being on my phone, but I think it’s necessary to take a break with your camera, and be present in the moment. We spent about four hours total in the museum, and were ready for a break. We grabbed a quick snack at the museum, and headed to Notre Dame.
My favorite thing about this cathedral is it’s age (weird, right?). In elementary school, we constantly hear about “Columbus in 1492”, and from a young age, go on believing that’s when everything was discovered. Obviously it wasn’t, but the fact that Notre Dame began construction in the 1100s is difficult for me to imagine! We spent some time in the cathedral, and headed to our next adventure.
We stopped at Le Rive Gauche for our lunch break, and grabbed some food and beer. Up until then, our meals had been to die for, (isn’t that what they always say on the food network?), but we both agreed, this wasn’t a place we would recommend. So after the meal, we wondered around the shops in La Rive Gauche. We stopped at Shakepeare and Co, which was a must see on my list. The ceilings were low, and the shelves were old, with stacks of books buried on top of each other. This was completely a Midnight in Paris moment; as soon as you walk in, you feel like you’ve gone back in time, and could be surrounded by the writers who have bunked at this historic store. We walked into the rare finds side of the store, and I almost bought a first edition of The Catcher in the Rye (misreading the price of course). After putting it back, and not wanting to touch anything, we went to the other side, which has newly printed books. We both decided to get a souvenir of the trip, and we picked out an art book about Paris, called Paris Line By Line. It’s been our coffee table book ever since the trip. We also got a book for our nephew, and had both books stamped with the Shakespeare and Co label.
After finishing up at the bookstore, we walked along the river, and headed to the Eiffel Tower. We decided to go during the evening, so we could have that cliche romantic moment. You know the one: the kiss on the tower, looking at all the city lights below us, pretty sappy, but it was our honeymoon, after all. I’m going to be honest: The Tower was not our favorite. Don’t get me wrong, the views are absolutely breathtaking, but it wasn’t what we had envisioned. Construction was going on, there is now a huge wall around the tower, and we didn’t get to experience the laying in the grass, having a picnic picture that I had envisioned. But standing under that tower, I have never felt so small. And the views around the city were absolutely amazing.
After the Eiffel Tower, we headed to Le Cafe Gustave, and had an Italian date night. We both had amazing pasta dishes, salad, and were served baskets on baskets of bread. I had a glass of wine, and Jeremiah had a pint. After we were stuffed with Italian food, we headed back to our Airbnb, and got some much needed rest.