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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Paris Is Always A Good Idea: Day Three


Welcome to day three of my surprise trip to Paris.  If you missed them, you can catch up on days one and two here.

Sunday morning was cloudy and a little misty, but we didn't care - we were in Paris!  We stopped for a pain au chocolat, and hopped on the metro for the quick trip to the city center.  Our first destination was Rue Cler, a neighborhood street near the Eiffel Tower that is home to a thriving local marketplace.

As we walked along, we saw children playing football, with the most beautiful backdrop.



We were headed to Rue Cler to get groceries for a picnic later in the day.  Every shop imaginable lined the street, and we purchased bread, cheese, salami, a small quiche, wine, and some fruit.  The stores were so colorful and beautiful.



Even though it was gray and cool, the Parisians were out in their Sunday best.  I want to be this couple when I grow up.

We had almost everything for our picnic, but still needed dessert.  And when in Paris, one must have macaroons!  At almost 2 euros each, it's best to choose your flavors wisely, but they were worth every cent.  My favorites were rose petal and pistachio.  A little crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and so flavorful.


On our way to the picnic spot, we passed the Neoclassical St. Sulpice church.  On Sunday mornings they have pipe organ concerts, but sadly we were a little too late.


And St. Germain-des-Pres, Paris' oldest church, dating from the 11th century.  That's my hubby in the bottom corner, carrying all the yummy food!


After walking for miles (which seemed to be the daily trend), we arrived at le Jardin du Luxembourg.


This 60 acre garden and palace is home to the French Senate.  There are very specific rules about where cards can be played, where joggers can run, and where music is allowed.  Luckily, we didn't jog or listen to music, but we did find a spot in the lovely garden and ate our picnic and people watched for several hours.



With full bellies and tired legs, we headed to our apartment for a nap.  Somehow we woke up hungry again, and had dinner at a cafe near Sacre Coeur, the end to another perfect day.


Be sure to come back next Friday for Day Four, where we head out of town, get completely lost in the French countryside, and meet some friends in Paris.

24 comments:

  1. The architectural detail on the buildings is amazing. Love the cobblestone streets and those quaint shops! Have a great weekend!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Looking at the architecture was one of my favorite things, and part of why I enjoyed walking everywhere!

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  2. I'm so loving this series! I can't believe it's been 5 years since we were there! I'm reliving my trip through yours. You look SO HAPPY!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. It was such a happy vacation!!

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  3. You look darling and like you're having the time if your life! Can't wait for you pr next post about getting lost. My husband and I got lost in Florence Italy, it was quite the adventure, lol.

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    1. Thank you friend! Luckily we met nice people who helped us!

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  4. I'm so delighted you had a picnic at le Jardin du Luxembourg! It is such a great spot to sit, relax, take it all in and people watch. The food sounded delicious. It is hard to go wrong with food in France.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. We did the picnic on your recommendation Suzanne! Such a great spot.

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  5. I wish we had done a picnic while in Paris! What a lovely idea and especially with food fresh from the market. How romantic! We did take a stroll, Luxembourg is just beautiful! If I remember correctly, our hotel was near it.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. The gardens were so beautiful, and I bet even better on a sunny day. But the gray skies didn't deter anyone!

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  6. I love the last picture of you! You look so happy. Just a heads up the links to Day One and Day Two both go to day one. Just wanted to let you know! I'm looking forward to the countryside I bet it was amazing!

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  7. How beautiful!! I'm totally envious over here. Hope you have the best time!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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    1. Thank you Brooke. It was the trip of a lifetime.

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  8. The awesomeness just continues, and making me hungry I might add!

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  9. This is everything I have envisioned about Paris. Thank you for capturing my vision and letting me live through your trip.

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  10. So many things that I want to see there- love seeing it through your eyes!

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  11. What a colorful football game!
    Bread, cheese, salami, a small quiche, wine, and some fruit is my favorite lunch!
    I want to be that well-dressed couple too!
    And my mom has a macarons obsession.

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    1. Your mom is a smart lady - they are delicious!

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