Paris Days 3 & 4
Having both had a
bottle few glasses of champagne too many the night before at Hotel Costas, we both knew what we needed. Good ole homemade breakfast. Pain au chocolat wouldn’t cure this ailment, sadly. We needed an American breakfast. So off we hurried to Breakfast in America. An American themed diner with the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever laid eyes on and enough caffeine to wake a hibernating bear.
We “hailed” an uber and off we went to Palais du Luxembourg.
While Palais du Luxembourg is grand, the biggest draw here is definitely the gardens.
I saw this dress by one of my favorite designers and loved it, but it seemed like such a simple design for the price. I sent it to my mom and $40 later, I had an exact replica, same fabric and cut and everything! The scarf was a purchase from the shop I mentioned in my previous post.
By far the most vibrant of the gardens, but also very family friendly–There’s a guy renting toy sailboats and children chasing pigeons. It’s nearly as large as the Tuileries and has lovely tree-lined paths. We easily spent two hours taking it all in.
We stopped by Cafe de Flore for afternoon tea. They served Mariage Frere teas and super flaky croissants.
Having rested our bones and changed into our evening attire, we went to the Hotel des Invalides to see Napoleon’s Tomb. Having gotten there a little later than intended (always happens to me) we didn’t get to spend nearly as much time there as I would have liked. The landscaping is quite cool, as with everywhere in Paris. Cross over Pont Alexandre III and you’ll see just how powerful the cannons are to walk up on. Pictures just don’t do his tomb justice-it is MASSIVE. He’s sealed inside seven tombs. It’s actually on a floor below.
(My best attempt at standing like Napoleon. I don’t think it worked.)
Out back, you’ll find another small garden. This garden was light and airy and I couldn’t help but think how lovely of a bouquet it would have made.
I’d packed my Turkish T towels in my big black bag of tricks for our next adventure: Champ de Mars at night! We laid out our towels, took off our shoes and cuddled up under the Eiffel Tower. As the sun fell, the crowd grew, everyone wanting to see a little bit of the magic.
Even though the Eiffel Tower is printed on anything & everything french-themed, it really is magical. It’s so big & every time I see it I get warm, fuzzy feelings.
The next day, we finally made our way to Saint Chapelle, appropriately nicknamed “The Jewel Box”. I say “finally” because it was literally our fourth attempt to go. Every time we’d try to go, the line would be crazy long, or we’d be too hungry or too tired and always bailed as soon as we hit the entrance. I was determined not to miss out this time. You enter into a little rat-looking room with a little gift shop and my first thought was “This is what I’ve been dying to see?”, and then I realized there was an upstairs (duh) and was quickly blown away.
I begged for another trip to Palais Royal and another falafel from the famous L’as du Falafel. He caved. L’as du Falafel seems to have a sense of humor. There is a sign on the front of the building that says “As Recommended by Lenny Kravitz”. Lenny knows what’s up though. If I were famous, I would recommend it too.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we wrap up the first part of our vacay at Gare du Nord. I didn’t know this about me, BUT I LOVE RIDING THE TRAIN. More on that in the next post.