Paris Day 2

For our second day in Paris, we had plans to head out to Versailles for the morning to walk around the castle and the gardens outside. We ended up sleeping in that morning since we had some major jetlag so we had a bit of a slow morning to start out with. A word of advice, if you’re going to Versailles for the day, get there early! Like I mentioned before, the trains are not as frequent as in London so we waited at least 30 minutes before our train came. Once we got to Versailles, we waited over an hour, in the cold, wet rain, to get inside. While it wasn’t ideal, this was the first long wait we had on vacation so it could have been worse.

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

Once we were inside, walked all through the castle. We opted to not do an audio tour and instead read about the highlights in a Paris travel book I had with us. The castle is absolutely massive and it was really interesting to see all of the art, tapestries and bedrooms where the Queen and King slept. After the castle, we wanted to walk all through the gardens because they looked absolutely beautiful. But it was 50 degrees, rainy and cold out and neither of us were in the mood to get anymore wet than we currently were.

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

Once we got back to Paris, we had lunch and then headed over to the Louvre. Just like other Paris attractions, the Louvre is super big! Our first stop was, of course, the Mona Lisa. I was really surprised by how small the photo was. I hate to admit it, but I wasn’t that impressed with it! I thought it would look much cooler in person, but honestly it doesn’t. I was more impressed with a painting of dogs next to it.

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Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

There’s a lot of other incredible paintings in the museum including this soldier on a horse and tons of well-known sculptures. I’m always amazed at how detail-oriented these artists were when they were sculpting these statues. They seriously had some talent!

Paris :: Day 2

Paris :: Day 2

 

After being cultured for the day, the Mr. and I took ourselves on a self-guided macaron tour. This was clearly one of the highlights of the trip given our macaron obsession. I found 6 of the best macaron shops in the city and we went to each one, purchased a handful of macarons and had a best of macaron tasting contest when we got back to our hotel that night. I’ll have a full report on a separate blog post next week about it. Let’s just say this, we learned the difference between good and bad macarons but honestly, they’re all pretty good!

Paris :: Day 2

 

Paris :: Day 2

That night we ended with diner al fresco at a local café. A word to the wise, if you’re traveling to Paris, a lot of restaurants are closed on either Sunday or Monday (or both), so our options were limited. But we did find a great place not too far from where we were staying and we got to dine on French Onion Soup in France. I mean how authentic is that?

Paris :: Day 2

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  1. How fun! I can’t wait for your macaroon post!! Happy Friday!

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