Our quick 36 hour trip to Paris

Monday, December 24

A while back now, in the beginning of November to be exact, David was scheduled to take a business trip to Paris. Since his meeting was on a Friday, we decided that I would tag along so we could extend our stay into the weekend. I'm so glad we did - that city is my very favorite.

Here are a few photos if you'd like to see...

Where we stayed:

Hotel Crillon
Service is top notch, the location is perfection and the place is over the top grandiose.
{Luckily, we weren't paying for it.}
Oh yes, Taylor Swift stays here too...I saw those skinny little legs get into a limo.
If it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me.

Where we ate:

Dominique Bouchet
A tiny {10 tables, tiny} restaurant in a ritzy part of Paris.
It was quiet, romantic and the food was out of this world.
A little on the pricey side, this was our most expensive meal.
Get the 7 hour lamb and split a bottle of red.

L'Atelier Maitre Albert
One of Guy Savoy's several restaurants - this was our trendiest meal.
It is a modern rotisserie just steps away from Notre Dame. A breathtaking location at night.
I ordered the chicken and David got the steak. Both were so simple and cooked to perfection.

Moulin a Vent
A hole-in-the-wall restaurant full of locals and our very favorite spot.
You'll be seated at a long table and served bubbly and frog legs as soon as you arrive.
Order the peppercorn steak for your entree. Trust us.
David told me his life had peaked during his meal.
{Dear Lord, I hope not}
That said, don't miss this restaurant.

L'As du Fallafel
Located in Le Marais district, apparently this is THE spot for falafel.
There was a serious line when we were there - so we took it to go and ate it at the park.

What we did:

Start by taking the RER C to Versailles Rive Gauche - Versailles Chateau {it's the last stop, so you can't miss it}. Make sure to pre-buy your Palace tickets {we got ours from the hotel concierge} because the lines can be lengthy. One inside, we did the entire audio tour - which is actually really informative {and free!}.
And talk about spectacular views and surroundings. I could have spent hours walking through the palace and gardens, renting a bike or paddle board, picnicking along the lake. It's a must-see in my book.

Marmonte Museum
Do you love Monet? If the answer to that question is yes, then you need to visit this museum. They house the largest collection of his works. So cool. It's a little bit out of the way, but the subway is so easy to navigate that you can make it a quick trip.

Champs-Elysees/Rue Royale
Can you guess where I was during David's meeting? Wink, wink.
One tip: the Champs-Elysees is a bit touristy and crowded. I would recommend you start on Rue Royale and don't miss Laduree, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp, Hermes, YSL. I was in heaven.

Getting Lost in the City of Lights
It's hard to find time to get lost in Paris when there are so many places to see. Since this was our third trip and we had done all the touristy stops we felt okay spending most of our time strolling through the city. We stopped in shops, sipped espresso {or wine} at cafes, chatted about life and browsed art galleries. Now I understand. The food, the culture, the twinkling lights, the romance - that is what Paris is all about. I can't wait to go back.

"We'll always have Paris" - Howard Koch

*P.S. Merry Christmas Eve! Safe travels, Santa!

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