Lunching at Laduree
Pont du Arts
I bet you didn’t think you’d have to wait that long to find out about the second part of the shortest trip ever, huh? :) I’m so sorry for the delay in posts… my life has been quite the whirlwind lately and as I’m getting settled here I will find a better routine, I promise. So now for the rest of my story…
The next day I literally roamed Paris until I couldn’t walk. I went just about everywhere – I skipped all of the museums and stuff because I’ve already been to them and I really just wanted to experience and see the city. I was quite unprepared for the cold front that came through Paris on Saturday … it was ridiculously cold and windy that morning which forced me to go to the nearest H&M and buy a sweater in order to make it through the day. My hotel was right off of the Arc de Triomphe, so I started my morning with a little shopping on the Champs Elysses and ended up at Laduree for lunch. Just like anyone else would, I bought a substantial amount of macarons seeing as they’re one of my favorite treats of all time (the praline flavor was amazing), and then ventured down near the Louvre where there was a really great view of the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe from the Louvre entrance where they all line up and you can see them in one view. I also went by the Pont du Arts where couples from all over have put their names on padlocks on the bridge and then threw the key into the river. I loved it – outward displays of love are really cool to me and especially in mass amounts. I ventured down into St. Germain as well which was an area I had not been to before and absolutely loved it. Next trip I think I’ll need to spend quite a bit more time there :). I rounded out my day near the Eiffel Tower because as cliche as it is, I just really like it and am always blown away when I see it thinking about the time and effort that went into building it. It’s iconic & that will never change – very similar to some of the long standing traditions in fashion or the Statue of Liberty. I’m sure if you live there you can’t stand the thing, but I don’t.. so I don’t care! :)
A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without escargot and wine, so with that I ended my day and watched the sunset behind the Grand Palais. It was a magical weekend and something that I think everyone should do at least once in their lifetime — maybe not necessarily to Paris if that’s not your cup of tea but I think a getaway trip by yourself is incredibly exciting and something that everyone should try. 22 hours of straight travel time later I was back in the states and delirious because my body thought I pulled 2 all-nighters in a weekend, but it’s Paris and you only live once, so whatever.