Paris, je t'aime
Our feet hurt, you really can walk all over Paris but let me tell you, you will pay in blisters and cramped legs the first few days. Nonetheless, its breathtaking views make you forget.
My favourite view of Paris, from the Arc de Triomphe.
Once we ventured back down, we walked along the Champs Élysées. Darting my eyes back and forth for stores I wanted to see, and mainly look shop in - Louis Vuiton being one of them.
La Laduree being another, a place that puts Duchess bake shop in Edmonton to shame. Walking in you are taken aback by the fine detailed ceilings, pastries wizzing past and macaroons in every colour of the rainbow lining the countertops.
My perfect place.
We took a break at Alsace along the Champs Elysées for mussels and fries, and then made our way towards le Jardin de Tuileries, Petit Palais, the Concorde and the Louvre. Instead of even trying to battle the lines at the Louvre, we just sat in the gardens before the entrance ate our macaroons, rested our feet and people watched.
Another of my favourite spots in Paris is along the Seine, these green bins boast old books, magazines, newspaper articles and paintings. I could wander this street for hours.
The love lock bridge is also in the area, but is no longer really a bridge as it was renovated before we arrived. There are many other gates with locks on them however and a new bridge is forming down the seine.
Finally, we made it to the Notre Dame. Pictures don't do it justice. The intricacy of the building is incredible, and being inside is like walking into the past. Last time I was here I went to the church on good Friday, something I'll never forget. Today it was more crowded of course and just as beautiful, but hearing a chorus sing inside is something worth hearing.
We ended the day with a visit to the Musee D' Orangerie, where Monet's Water Lillies are showcased, as well as some other greats like Picasso and Renoir.
Back home, we picked up a baguette from our neighborhood Boulangerie, apparently it won an award in 2012 for having the best baguettes in the city. I can vouge for this, best bread I've ever had and it has become our go to meal - baguettes cheese and cured meats from the local deli's. Plus wine, of course.
Tomorrow is Versailles, I can't wait. We've also mastered the metro, and had our first experience being shoved into the train cars like sardines.