Today I’m taking you back to Paris for our final couple of days of our trip. At the beginning of our trip (Part 1 here), we received a book called “Don’t be a Tourist in Paris” written by a blogger, Messy Nessy Chic, based in Paris (which would also make a great gift this holiday season for anyone you know with plans to visit Paris). It’s a fantastic resource to have for finding things to do and places to eat with the emphasis on a local’s perspective. While we didn’t use the book for everything, it helped us fill in a few gaps in our schedule and find places we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. So, thank you Nessy for the wonderful gift!.
I last left off on the day of my birthday, which you might remember from this post. We spent the day indulging on hot chocolate and going to museums while it rained outside and it was absolutely wonderful. In the evening, we got all dressed up and had cocktails at the hotel bar before heading to our dinner reservations that Rose and her fiance made at Monsieur Bleu, which has the most wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower! We ended up staying long after our meal, fully enjoying our table with a view, and ordering another round of drinks while we chatted about everything and anything.
On the Sunday morning after my birthday, T and I put on our walking shoes (lol- I wore heeled boots that actually walked in ALL DAY LONG). We set off to walk from our hotel to Musee d’Orsay. There was a cold nip in the air, a few big puffy clouds, blue skies and light that was crystal clear. As photographers, we probably notice light a little bit different than most people do, but I’m sure you’ve experienced one of these days. The days where the light is so pure that everything it touches takes on a lot more character, almost like comparing standard definition television to 4k. As soon as we got to Musee d’Orsay we recognized it was free to all guests, so there was a queue, even at the opening time, so we kept on moving.
So we put Île Saint-Louis into Google Maps, and we set off to walk there. Our route took us through St. Germain, Île de la Cité, Notre Dame and finally Île Saint-Louis. Completely famished at this point, we planned to stop for breakfast somewhere, but we couldn’t find a spot that was open and looked good. So we stopped at a small bakery for a muffin and carried on.
We crossed yet another bridge into Le Marais, and we stopped in at a cafe we recognized to get breakfast. It was a cute spot, but I wouldn’t recommend eating here (above). Neither of us liked our food, but we were so hungry we finished almost everything.
Rose had finished up a meeting back at the hotel, so we planned a spot for lunch. She suggested Cafe des Musees in Le Marais, which was great with us as we had been there once before. We initially discovered this spot during a night we spent with friends a few years back in a seemingly endless search for a simple plate of french fries. Every restaurant we stopped at refused to serve french fries unless we also bought a steak, so we spent at least 45 minutes on this quest. We pulled up Yelp and we discovered Cafe des Musees and headed off on a 20-minute cab ride to get a basket of fries and red wine. I think we ordered three baskets of french fries that night. Anyways, we were glad to be back with Rose and this time to eat some real food, and everything we ordered for lunch at this spot was delicious.
We ended the day with hot chocolate from Angelina’s while walking around Luxembourg gardens at golden hour. We were all exhausted from walking around Paris all day, so we decided to have room service for dinner.
On our last full day, Thomas and I decided to take it easy and stop by a few shops that had been on our list, with one of those being Buly 1803. Like I mentioned in last week’s Sunday Series, our hotel was fully stocked with all Buly 1803 products, so we were hooked. The store is located in Saint Germain and it’s a wonderful little treat, with a mix of perfumes, candles, beauty products and other apothecary goods.
We stopped by Cafe L’Etincelle for a late brunch, and ended up walking along the Seine for an hour. It was another beautiful, but crisp fall day, and after a while we got so cold that we ended up going back to the hotel to get warm and start packing, as we were leaving the following morning.
One of the locations that we found in the book was Musée Gustave Moreau. On our last morning we had a bit of time, so we googled the museum to see if it was open and decided to pop over. A small but lovely spot with a really cool spiral staircase, definitely worth the trip to go visit.