Embracing the Paris Way

Grab a coffee and a pastry, this one’s a long one!

With the sun peeking through our window, we woke up and figured we would hit a few tourist staples. We carefully planned out our route for the day, and set off to the metro.

First up, Sacre Coeur. Not really sure what to expect, I was in awe when we happened upon the grand stairway, leading to the massive church.

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We climbed up the stairs, one by one, being mindful of pickpockets. It’s sad that a few people can ruin such a historic monument, but we still enjoyed it.

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sacre coeur paris Once we did a quick tour through the inside, we went and checked out the dome. Both of us were craving a little paris-skyline sightseeing and we did have all the time in the world.

Once again we climbed up the 300 stairs (by now, our glutes were not very happy), winding up and up through the church to the top. The space was pretty tight and at times, it was a little spooky. But in the end, the views were worth it.

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sacre coeur paris dome We walked around the dome, admiring the 360 degree views of the city. And of course, spotted the Eiffel tower pretty quickly. She doesn’t exactly fit right in…

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There are benches around the inside of the dome, which would make for a pretty relaxing spot to sit and think. Church bells rang, music played down below, and the summer breeze brushed our skin. It was all kind of magical and we stood there and really took time to appreciate it. At that moment, I spotted this quote and it seemed fitting.
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Afterwards we headed into the crypt (SUPER spooky) and then our stomachs got the best of us. We decided not to stay in the area for a meal and instead booked it back to Boulevard St-Michel for a bite.
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We took cover under the awning just as a sun shower began and ate away. We were in no rush to go anywhere else – no deadlines, no commitments – just 100% relaxed.

When we were finally ready (and the sun looked promising), we headed out to our next stop. Jardin du Luxembourg.

I actually hadn’t seen it last time because we walked by in the rain, so I was eager to walk through the gates and take a peak.

Home to the French Senate, those dudes are some pretty lucky ducks. The palace is utterly stunning – and the grounds, even more so. See for yourself!jardin du luxembourg paris
jardin du luxembourg paris There are statutes and elaborate fountains tucked into every nook.

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As we walked through the gardens, basking in the sun, our only regret: not bringing a picnic.

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We walked through the old stable area and through the orange-tree gardens. 
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jardin du luxembourg paris Someone tell the Senate I’m moving in!

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jardin du luxembourg paris After finishing our tour we walked around the area, hunting for a chocolate shop I stopped at during my last visit. We walked and walked, but sadly I couldn’t find it! Famished, we headed home, cleaned up, and then stepped out to the Auberge Nicolas Flamel – on the recommendation of La Cuisine Paris.

It’s the oldest building in Paris (Formerly a refuge for the poor), and now, a michelin star restaurant. auberge nicolas flamel paris

We chose the three course fixed menu and were heavily satisfied.

Smoked salmon for an appetizer.

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auberge nicolas flamel parisChicken ballotine with sweet potato mash.

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auberge nicolas flamel parisAnd a house take on a “skor bar” for dessert (healthy berries and gelato for mom though).
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From dinner, the last stop on our day-long tour was the jardin des tuileries for a quick night-view of the eiffel tower. All lit up, she was a beaut.

The summer carnival had just begun, so we meandered our way to the ride and hopped on the ferris wheel. The night views of Paris were incredible (when I wasn’t closing my eyes scared of the heights!).

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You can imagine we were pretty tuckered out afterwards! The second my head touched my pillow I was out like a light. Bon soir!

And there you have it, 4 days in Paris went by like a flash. What did I do for my 5th day in Paris? Click to find out!

2 thoughts on “Embracing the Paris Way

    1. Thanks Jen! And I agree, it’s such a beautiful city – every where you look there is a beautiful building or grand structure.

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