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Our third day of Paris started on a slow note. We were worn out from all the walking at Versailles and wanted to make sure we took plenty of time to just relax and enjoy each others company. Some people like to treat vacation like a sprint to the finish, packing in as many tourist sites as possible. Riley and I prefer to take our time and be in the moment. We miss some of the major “attractions” that way, but we don’t miss out on the little moments of just exploring a city and seeing how the locals live.
Saturday’s weather was really gross. It was cold and rainy, which made walking around the city less appealing. I suggested we visit Musee D’ Orsay to see the impressionist paintings and get out of the bad weather.
The trek into town wasn’t bad, but as soon as we turned the corner and saw the lines to get into the museum, we realized it was a bad idea. It was at least a 2 hour wait just to get inside! Bummed, we decided to walk until we found a plan B. Our walk took us by the Eiffel Tower, which looked so stunning in the foggy skies.
It was also really neat to be that close to the tower and not be surrounded by tourists. Despite the rain, it was super romantic.
After crossing the bridge, we needed a break from the rain, so we checked out the local aquarium for a little while.
At this point, we were starving, so we popped into a random cafe for lunch. I wish I could remember the name of the place because my quiche was so fantastic!
After lunch, we snapped some pictures of the famous Arc De Triomphe before heading back to our hotel for a little break and a nap. We never actually went to the top of the arc, but the metro stopped we used a lot was right there, so we saw this spot a bunch of times.
This was probably one of my favorite meals while we were there! After checking Tripadvisor for recommendations, we ended up at O’ Chateau wine bar. The place was all booked for tables, but we were able to snag two seats at the bar and ordered a bottle of wine.
We had an amazing dinner of charcuterie, which was more than enough to fill us up.
We rounded out our evening with a drink at another nearby cafe before calling it a night.
Sunday was our wedding anniversary! We had another relaxing morning in, enjoying breakfast and a little quiet time before heading out. Since people in Paris apparently don’t eat dinner until 9 pm, we were on a totally different schedule than usual, but it was a nice change of pace to relax in the mornings instead of running out the door.
Once we were ready for the day, we took the metro to Montmatre, a super old and artsy area of town. This was easily one of my favorite neighborhoods!
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is at the highest point of Paris and we had gorgeous views of the city, despite all the clouds and fog.
The whole area was everything I pictured when I thought about Parisian neighborhoods. Riley got sick of me saying this, but just about every day I said, “If I lived in Paris, I’d live in this area I think.” I really meant it with Montmatre, though! Little cafes lined the streets, street artists painted portraits, musicians played music, markets sold fresh food on the sidewalk….it was heavenly. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!
We also saw the famous Moulin Rouge…..
…..which happened to be on what I’ll call the “sex strip.” The charming area of town quickly turned into a super long street lined with sex shops and shows. It was a little weird. At this point, I wanted lunch, but I didn’t want to eat next to a dildo shop, so we went back to the cute area of town to find a cafe for lunch.
Along with some rosè wine, of course. While we were in the area, we also saw the famous wall that had “I love you” written in over 200 languages. So cute!
We were all walked-out and ready for a nap by late afternoon!
Sunday evening, we wanted to find a nice restaurant for our anniversary dinner, but we also wanted to see the results of the French elections before we ventured out. It was pretty cool being over there during their elections! It was a little strange and also refreshing how quickly the results came in. None of the fanfare, breaking updates, and sitting glued to the tv all night like we have over here. Right at 8:00, the results came in and they had a winner!
We headed out to Champs-Élysées to find some dinner. It was pretty wild. For hours, cars driving on the street were honking their horns, people were waving French flags out of the windows, and were generally super pumped about the election results. One guy wasn’t so happy and picked up a bike rack and threw it at a Quicksilver storefront. He either hated Emmanuel Macron or he hated Quicksilver. We couldn’t really tell, but we decided to take out search off the main road after that!
After wandering aimlessly (we failed at meal planning all week), we ended up at a place called Washington Poste, which was super cute inside. They were super busy, our waiter was funny, and the place just had a nice vibe. We managed to get a table right by the window.
We enjoyed wine and appetizers along with a bottle of bordeaux. I couldn’t resist ordering escargot as my appetizer. I know, the concept is gross, but they were so good.
I had some truffle penne for dinner, which was incredible.
Then we splurged for dessert and had creme brulee with some after-dinner drinks.
It was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary!
Have you ever tried escargot?
Do you like to plan our your vacation activities or do you prefer to wing it?