Day 1: Our Trip to Paris – Viaggio A Parigi

It’s been 6 days since we got back from our 18 days trip to Europe and we are finally adjusting to the time difference and we are settling back to our daily routine. It’s time for a full recap of our trip to Paris!  It was our first time in Paris and even though we were only there for three days, it was enough to fall in love with this charming city.  We walked and walked and walked more, as we think is the best way to really see a city! We had fun strolling along the River Seine, marveling the city’s architecture, and agreed that Paris is definitely one of the most romantic city in the world.

We stayed at The Jardins d’Eiffel Hotel, a very charming hotel situated in one of the best locations in Paris, in the Invalides district, left bank, a few steps from the Eiffel Tower. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We especially loved the tall man at the reception that besides speaking a very good English, had a very good sense of humor and he made sure he  gave us all kind of tips and directions to really enjoy our trip. We checked in around  2pm and even though we were pretty tired as we missed a whole day of sleep (Paris is 6 hours ahead of Boston) we couldn’t resist and get out there to walk the streets and see the Eiffel Tower before meeting my friend Susette and her husband Jimmy for dinner. The architecture, and the care & precision that reflects in their ancient foundations till date was outstanding.

Our Hotel Entrance

We were instantly drawn into this typical French brasserie called La Campanelle.

At the La Campanelle

I delight in my first real French croissant & Capuccino.

My 1st French Croissant & Capuccino

And Dustin’s digged into his first Parisian cheese plate & glass of red wine!

French Cheese Plate

After that we were off to see the Eiffel Tower. I strain my neck upward, to admire the massive architectural brilliance of the metallic structure, it was definitely bigger than I expected.  Built in two years by engineer Gustave Eiffel as the centerpiece of the 1889 world fair, the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of the Paris skyline and one of the most visited tourist sites in the world!

Eiffel Tower

Here we are!

Eiffel Tower with Cloudy Skies

Un Bacio a Parigi

Oh and I couldn’t resist but notice that male’s runners in Paris wear very tight crops to run in…fascinating!

lululemon in Paris is needed!

Back at our Hotel we showered and got ready to meet my friend from college Susette and her French husband Jimmy for dinner. We took a cab to the Le Grand Colbert.  If you are a fan of “Something has Got to Give”  and you are in Paris then this charming French bistro is a must. The lovely old decor was fabulous, the atmosphere wonderfully parisienne and the food was excellent!

Le Grand Colbert

Me & Dustin at the Le Grand Colbert

At 9pm it was still very light and Susette and Jimmy took us on a mini Tour of Paris.We took the Metropolitain to Pigalle and started our walks through Montmartre from the Moulin Rouge.

Me & My Love

Me & Susette

Jimmy & Susette

The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret built in 1889 and is best known as the birthplace of the can-can.

The Moulin Rouge

Dustin & I in front of the Moulin Rouge

Montremare was definitely one of my favorite places in the city. In fact Dustin & I went back again during the day.

Dustin & Jimmy walking around Montremare

There is something truly charming and without any doubt mystifying about the picturesque village of Montmartre.

A typical french man attire

Several famous painters (Lautrec, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh and later Picasso) used to live here because they found Montmartre very inspiring. I can see why! So we wandered the cobblestone streets admiring all those artists, and their painting.

My love

The Basilica du Sacre Couer it is quite breathtaking and peaceful and one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. The large white church situated on a hill makes Sacre Couer visible from many angles throughout Paris.

The Basilica du Sacre Couer

Jimmy remembered that at night the first ten minutes of every hour the Eiffel tower sparkles with a light show. So he grabbed a taxi and took us to the best place to view the Eiffel Tower, the Place du Trocadero. The show was amazing, it looked like millions of tiny diamonds dancing all over it. To top it off the full Moon started to poke out of the cloudy sky!

Sparkling Eiffel Tower

Me & Dustin

Thanks to Jimmy and Susette, that was definitely the best night of the whole trip!

Jimmy & Suzette, best friend ever!

To be continued…

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