Two Teens And Their Mama: Paris Is Always A Good Idea: Day Two

Friday, October 28, 2016

Paris Is Always A Good Idea: Day Two



We woke up early, energetic and ready to see all the sights and eat all the good food.  If you missed day one, you can read it here.

The morning was sunny and warm, and walking seemed like a good plan, since I wanted to see EVERYTHING.  My husband wasn't quite as enthusiastic, considering we were miles away from our first destination.  But he's a good sport, and it was all downhill, so he put the route into his phone and off we went.

The first order of business was purchasing a Pain au Chocolat, which is basically a chocolate filled croissant. They are flaky and buttery and chewy and chocolaty and oh so yummy.  Thank goodness for all the walking. There was a lovely patisserie just down from our apartment, and we stopped every morning, where we attempted to order in French.  The sweet owner was very patient with us, and never let on that we were butchering her language.  Je suis desole, Madame!

Deliciousness in hand, we continued on.  Our walk took us straight through Pigalle, and past the famed Moulin Rouge.  It was early on a Saturday morning, but there were still certain....activities going on.  The streets were lined with sex shops, peep shows, cabarets, bars, and very interesting people.  I think we were propositioned at least once.


Moving on, we made our way downhill.  I was mesmerized by the beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, and quaint cafes on every corner.  Eventually we reached the Seine and crossed over the Pont D'Arcole onto Ile de la Cite.


And finally, Notre Dame.  We arrived just as it opened, and quickly got in line before the crowds arrived.


Stepping into a cathedral over six centuries old gave me chills.  Knowing that it took almost 200 years to build, and imagining the backbreaking work that went into construction, was humbling.  The interior arches and stained glass windows were breathtaking.



We wanted to see the view from the top of the towers, so we joined the very slow moving line and eventually began the 400 step climb.  If you visit Paris, be prepared to go up and down hundreds of stairs.  Not so good for the knees, but it does help with burning off croissant calories.

In the end, it was worth it to see the city of Paris laid out before us.




There's Sacre-Coeur, and our little apartment somewhere to the left, where we started our walk.

My husband went up even further, and visited with the man in the bell tower, who he reported did not have a hunch back. I thought it was a reasonable question.  He sits there all day and monitors the electric motors that control the hourly ringing. The stairs were wooden and gave me vertigo, so I had to settle for a picture. Although there is nothing for perspective, the four bells are the size of small cars.


Hungry from stair climbing, we were ready for lunch, so we headed for Place Dauphine, a small "village" on Ile de la Cite.


I had roasted buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh pesto.  So good.


Several friends told us to visit the park-like Square du Vert-Galant, on the very tip of the island. We relaxed in the sunshine with our feet dangling over the edge, and watched the boats go by on the Seine.


And then it was time to start walking again.  We chose a route along the river and meandered the three miles to the Eiffel Tower.


It's even more beautiful up close, and there were tears, again.  But I have a confession.  We didn't go to the top.  I know, I know.  The smart thing to do is make a reservation in advance, before you leave home.  But because I only had two weeks to plan our trip, all the spots were taken for the dates we were there.  The entry line was over two hours long, and then there were more lines to climb the tower.  It was a Saturday, and it was a zoo.  And now I have a reason to go back to Paris!


By this point we had lost our mojo and jet lag had returned.  The thought of walking back uphill to Montmarte was not appealing, so we did a crash course on the Metro and headed for home.

Come back next week for day three, where we mingle with the locals and I spy French fashion!

51 comments:

  1. So Loving "Lana's Paris Series!" Oh the sights, the views, the food...your adorable lace top....all the things I would hope Paris would be for you!! We too would get worn out when we went to Italy and trying to figure out the trains the first time, quite interesting but so much fun. Have the BEST weekend beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm having so much fun reliving each day!

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  2. I love your Paris recaps! You covered a lot of ground in one day! Everything looks so beautiful!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. We covered so much ground this day - I think it was our busiest!

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  3. Amazing. This all looks so wonderful and I can practically taste the croissant.

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  4. Oh, this is so amazing! I want to go there so badly and it is at the top of my bucket list. My name is Renee and I was named for a French girl my uncle met while serving in the Army in France during the war. He wrote to my Mom about her, my Mom loved the name and so it was...hence one of the reasons I need to go...

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    1. What a wonderful story. I hope you get to go!

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  5. Was it you who wasn't sure you should go when he gave you this? I remember someone posting and getting slammed with "Yes, of course you should!!!!" responses. If so, good for you.

    Either way, the description of your exploration is lovely, and really makes me think we ought to do the same thing.

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    1. Yep, that's me. The crazy lady who tried to turn down a trip to Paris. So glad I got over it and went!

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  6. We visited Norte Dame on our last day... we did not walk up to the top, but I am sure the view was beautiful. It really is hard to put into words just how impressive it is, photos really don't do justice. Same for the Eiffel Tower. You should def. go to the top your next trip! We took an elevator and then climbed some, but we did make dinner reservations so avoided a lot of the lines (but, we had more then 2 weeks to plan- so you know :) ). My favorite part was seeing it at night all lit up. I didn't see the Moulin Rouge area, I may have to do that when we go back someday.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. We should have made a reservation for dinner. Next time!

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  7. You know, I always recommend that people go to the top of Notre Dame or L'Arc de Triomphe INSTEAD of the Eiffel Tower so that way you can see La Tour in the skyline. Because what's the Paris skyline without it?!? You did just what I would have suggested!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad - you're the expert :)!

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  8. I'm loving that you broke it down in days so we can see more pictures! :) As soon as you said it was all down hill, my first thought...then you're going to have to go back up! Glad you were able to take the metro and not get too lost :)

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    1. Yah, clearly we didn't think of that! Luckily the Metro was pretty easy to figure out!

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  9. This is so fun seeing Paris through your eyes.

    I must admit the area where you stayed is bringing back loads of memories for me when I was there on my own...before I met my husband. Shhh ; P

    Pain au chocolat...is there anything quite so good? Maybe an éclair.

    Your lunch had me drooling.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Oh, the food was so fresh and so good.

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  10. J'adore Paris, and your post brings back many fond memories.

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful day! How lucky you had such great weather!

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    1. We got so lucky with the wonderful weather - only one cloudy day!

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  12. What a wonderful day. There is no place like Paris! I haven't been there since I was in my 20's so I loved following along with you! Visiting from the SITS Girls blog.
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. Such a beautiful city!

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  13. Wonderful! I'm not sure my knees would take much of that stair climbing but it seems worth the effort. :)

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    1. Yah, my knees were shot by the end of the day!

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  14. Loving your daily recaps! So glad you got to go to the top of ND! Yes to going back and going to the top of ET!

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  15. Pain au chocolat is still my breakfast of choice. And I didn't go up in the tower either. And Paris IS always a good idea!

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    1. I would eat Pain au Chocolat every day for breakfast if I could!

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  16. I've been to Paris and Notre Dame was one of my favorite stops! So cool!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  17. I am impressed you walked as far as you did on day 1! Looks like your weather was fabulous!

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  18. I want a Pain au Chocolat!! Or two.
    I'm giggling that you were propositioned.
    It's nice to have a reason to go back. There were things in Alaska we missed, and we just look at it as reasons to go back.
    Sounds like so much walking! I love the idea of wandering into villages and EATING!

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    1. The eating was definitely the best part. Wish I had taken more food pictures, but I was always too impatient and didn't remember until it was half gone.

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  19. Your photos make me miss Paris so much! I need to plan a trip back.

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  20. OMG I love Paris I am so jealous - I want to go back to bad!!!!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  21. The views are just breathtaking. Unbelievable trip. Mr. G did good...he did real good this year!

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    1. Everything was so pretty. Yep, he did very good!

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  22. I'm sure this was such a surreal trip - I cannot imagine seeing those sights in person!!!

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  23. It was - I still can't believe I was there!

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  24. It sounds like so much fun! I'm living vicariously through you for now! One day I'll get there! Next stop CHARLESTON!

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  25. All that walking made me tired,from just reading it, but the sights made it well worth it!

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