March 4 to 8, 2016
Day 1 (3/4/2016): So I landed at 6 am today. Very tired because I didn’t really get to sleep on the plane. The flight went pretty quick. As soon as I am in the car service though, I felt exhausted, however it’s worth it because saving time is everything to me. An overnight flight works pretty well. I got to my Hotel called Hotel Modern St Germain. It is a boutique hotel and very pretty. I am very happy with my hotel choice, plus they have free wifi… 🙂 SOLD!!!
After check in I went to the cafe across the street to grab breakfast, OMG… the croissant is super fresh and delicious… yummm. I felt better after breakfast, then we walked to Notre-Dame where I purchased 2 rosaries and go them blessed. Notre-Dame was beautiful and I felt a peace there. It took me about 1 hour at Notre-Dame, then we walked over to the Shakespeare and Co book store where I bought one of their canvas bag. Because I had a somewhat big breakfast, I didnt eat lunch til 1pm. So instead of waiting to go to the CLUNY Museum in the afternoon, I decided to go before lunch. CLUNY is pretty small so it was easy to finish. After lunch (not very good so not talking about it), we walked to Monoprix! A store in Paris that has everything. Then decided to go back to the hotel for a nap before dinner. Good call!!! I was so tired!!! Dinner was at Les Papilles. I go there everytime I go to Paris, why? Because they are a surprise everytime! There is no menu. It’s a four course meal and you will want to finish every bite. YES, it is that good of a restaurant!!! And not expensive at all, it was 35 euro per person. This restaurant is highly recommended!!! Check out some pics! And until tomorrow for another day in Paris!
Day 2 (3/5/2016): OK well I am a day late for day 2, that’s because I was super exhausted and just fell asleep.
I spent the day at the Louvre. It was simply amazing. I arrived early so no line for security check. I also bought the ticket in advance so didn’t have to stand on the ticket line. You have 3 entrances, so pick one and start exploring. The Mona Lisa room is obviously always busy. I went early and it was still busy, so just accept that whatever time you go it will be busy. I did however was able to test her eyes. SHE DOES LOOK AT YOU FROM WHERE EVER YOU ARE STANDING!!!! Weird….
For lunch we just ate at the Richelieu Cafeteria and not bad I have to say, it’s quick and easy, but most importantly good price.
For dinner, I went to Le Fumoir, which is directly across the Louvre. It’s a very nice restaurant and has a very good priced 3 course prix fixed menu (€35). Stay tuned for pictures after I return from this trip. But for now enjoy a few below!
Day 3 (3/6/2016): I woke up extra early to go to the Chateau Versailles. :0) This place is a must visit if you visit Paris. I go there everytime I come to Paris. It’s a must for me because I just feel so at home when I go there. I also love to buy their perfumes by Princess Marina de Bourbon. It’s one of a kind perfume you can’t get anywhere else. I strongly suggest you buy a bottle when you go to Versailles and make sure you go to the bigger gift shop so you see the variety of perfumes. There are at least 5 different perfumes available to buy plus some other brands as well. You will have a lot to choose from. For me I just like Princess Marina’s scents because they are unique.
Go to Versailles early so you won’t stand on line long. And believe me, you will enjoy it there.
For Lunch, I went to Angelina’s which is inside Versailles. I ordered a simple quiche lorraine AND Hot Chocolate Africain which is basically super thick and creamy chocolate. It’s a must order when you go there. The environment is small and masculine, but comfortable.
For dinner we went to a place in the 5th Arrondisement which is the Latin Quarters. The restaurant is called La Petite Perigourdine. Very cute and quaint place with a masculine touch. I liked it a lot. Their food was also good. Take a look at some pics I shot today and stay tuned for more when I get back to the US!!
Day 4 (3/7/2016): Today is a simple more relaxed day. We visited a friend of ours from the New York Junior League who is currently living in Paris and I finally met her son! He is the cutest! We then walked a little bit to Monoprix. Monoprix is a store that has everything from food, wine, cheese to clothing, beauty products, makeup and housing products. It’s like a little girl’s candy store. If you go to Paris, I would suggest stopping by Monoprix to do some small grocery shopping so you can have food in your hotel room. If you like European beauty products, this would be a great place to go. They have it all! We then took a walk to the Champ Elysee, then the Eiffel Tour. Fairly simple day, We went back to the hotel exhausted still and went to sleep early.
Day 5 (3/8/2016): We are leaving Paris today =0( I love Paris and will miss it!!! We will be taking the 1pm Eurostar train to London. So we still have the morning to do some quick shopping. Shopping I did! I went to the market where they had the fresh meat, cheese, hams, etc… I found the cutest embroidered pillow cases so I bought 4 (2 for my bed and 2 for my couch). I am very excited to stuff them and put them out!! We took a car service to the Gare du Nord where we take our train to London. I have to say that train station is very scary! There were a lot of homeless people and people begging for money. There was an old lady waiting outside my car door begging for money and I felt so bad that I gave her all my euro change (it was about 5 Euro). Our driver warned us to be careful as there are a lot of pick pockets in the station and that we are better off to go upstairs immediately, so we did just that.
Conclusion: I seriously will miss Paris. Everyone was so friendly and nice. I loved the hotel that I stayed in which was Hotel Modern St Germain. It was very modern and colorful, the reception managers were super nice and took very good care of us. Most of all I will miss the food which is amazing everywhere you go. I bought 5 bottles of perfume at Versailles because their perfume can’t be found anywhere else except online. I was able to go to my favorite restaurant the day I arrive. I also got to fully understand the transportation system of Paris so next time I go, I can act like a little Parisienne. One thing I didn’t understand was while the French dislikes Marie Antoinette, they are making money off of her name at Versailles. There were a lot of Marie Antoinette merchandise for purchase and I thought that was a little hypocritical given they didn’t like her. I guess now is a different story.
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