Paris :: Day 3

Monday was our last day of vacation. While we had a really exciting day ahead that we both were pee our pants excited about, but we were equally as excited to get back to the states to see our furbabies.

Paris :: Day 3

Bright and early that morning, we met a local photographer at the Trocardero for a photo shoot. The day before we left on vacation, one of our friends posted their photo shoot from the photographer online and I knew we had to get this done. I’m so glad that she had an opening so we could have photos to document our travels and our 2 year wedding anniversary together.

Paris Photo Shoot

Paris Photo Shoot

Paris Photo Shoot

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We walked all around the Trocadero fountains, the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful bridge for photos. I can’t even tell you how much I cherish these photos. I’ve always loved having my photo taken and I’m glad that I have a husband whose a photographer and appreciates photos as much as I do. I think they’re so pretty!

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Paris Photo Shoot

Paris Photo Shoot

Our last activity for vacation was one we both had been pretty excited about for weeks leading up to it. We had tickets to the French Open! I don’t really follow tennis but having the opportunity to see some of the world’s best tennis players play at one of the ultimate tennis competitions was a chance we couldn’t pass up.

Paris :: Day 3

Paris :: Day 3

It was the fourth round of play so we saw 4 different matches, 2 men’s and 2 women’s. We first say Maria Sharapova play which she lost her match to another Russian player. Next up was Roger Federer and wow, what an athlete that guy is. The third match was what I had been waiting for and it was Serena Williams vs fellow American Sloane Stephens. Serena is such a powerful player and she ended up winning that round as well as the French Open all together. She blew me out of the water when after she won her round, the emcee interviewed her and she answered all in French. The last round we got to see was Dojovic.

Paris :: Day 3

Paris :: Day 3

Paris :: Day 3

Paris :: Day 3

Going to the French Open was a really amazing experience and once we got home, I couldn’t stop checking for updates to who won each day. I think I’m officially a tennis fan!

Paris :: Day 3

Paris :: Day 3

To round out our trip, we took a quick walk over to see the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. While we didn’t get to go inside of Notre Dome, the outside of it is just incredible to see! The craftsmanship and details on the wood is nothing like anything I have ever seen before. When I was a kid, I used to go to Notre Dame University every July for baton nationals so getting to see the real Notre Dame in person was quite a treat for me.

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Paris :: Day 3

And so that was our whirlwind trip to Europe! We had a great time exploring even more or Europe and it was a fabulous way to celebrate 2 years of being married!

Paris :: Day 3

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

Paris Day 1

On the Saturday of our vacation week, we hopped on a Eurostar train and headed off to Paris. The train was a quick and smooth ride and was a really easy way to get to London from Paris.

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

Once we got to Paris, we headed off to the AirBNB we rented for the few days we were there. We’ve never done AirBNB before but we decided to try it out since most of the hotels were in the $900+ range. We had a 1 bedroom apartment that we got for only $150/night which we thought was a pretty good steal. While it was fine for us to sleep in, we wouldn’t do it again. After staying in an AirBNB with a not so great bed, we decided that we both prefer staying in hotels because we know exactly what we’re getting when we stay there.

Paris :: Day 1

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

Our first afternoon activity was going to a macaron class. We both love macarons and couldn’t wait to learn how to make them on our own. It was a 2 hour class at La Cuisine Paris and we had a French pastry chef teach us the tedious process of how to make the perfect macaron. Once you make a macaron, it has to sit in a refrigerator for at least 48 hours before you can eat them. The cold helps to soften the shell. After spending so many tiny steps making, measuring and pouring macarons, it killed me to have to wait to eat them! Luckily when we left on Tuesday they were in perfect macaron form and we ate all 20 macarons on the flight home. I’m proud to say they were among the BEST macarons we’ve ever had. The husband and I plan on making them at home when we have a full afternoon free to bake them. I’m sure they won’t taste as good since we had the help of a chef but it doesn’t hurt to try!

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

The rest of the day we just wandered around Paris. We had bought subway tickets to use but we quickly realized that getting around on the subway was not as easy as it was in London. It takes a transfer or two to get to your destination. I thought it was a bright idea to walk all the way to the Eiffel Tower. It looks so close to you but it ends up being way farther than you’d like. While it took us a solid 2+ hours to walk there, we stopped a lot along th way to enjoy the sites, the parks and take lots of photos.

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

 

Paris :: Day 1

For dinner that night, we dined in true Parisian style and found a creperie to eat at. I’m still dreaming of the pizza crepe we had. It was so delicious!