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Six Days in Paris: Day One

After my longest blogging hiatus to date,  I’m back. Whew! Its been a marathon since touching down on American soil after six wonderful and full days in Paris, France. I’ve worked nine 13-hour shifts in the 13 days we’ve been home, so I apologize for my lengthy absence (no, I didn’t quit the blog). I’ve thought long and hard about how to share my Parisian travels, and I’ve decided the best way to document the fun would be to break up the trip into six posts — one for each of the lovely days we were in the City of Lights. So, let’s do this!

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After a lengthy journey — including a three-hour early-morning drive to the airport (plus the pre-flight to airline-gate rigamarole that follows), a five-hour flight from Las Vegas to Montreal (followed by a two-hour layover), and then a five-hour flight to Paris — we arrived at 9 am. Despite speeding forward into time, and effectively skipping a night’s sleep, we were pumped and ready to go.

We made a misstep and opted for the bus from the Charles de Gaulle airport into the city. The traffic was heavy and what should have been more like a 70-minute train trip ended up being a two-and-a-half hour drive! But, all was good and we were able to drop our luggage at our quaint hotel in the Montparnasse neighborhood. Then we dashed off for important business (!) — to enjoy steak and pommes frites for lunch at the Relais de l’Entrecôte. Yum!

Lunch at Relais de la Entr'acte is always a treat!

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The delicious and relaxing lunch recharged our batteries enough that we decided to take a scenic walk from Montparnasse through the Luxembourg Gardens and wind our way through the streets, with the Marais’ Place des Vosges being our destination.

Beekeepers busy at work was among our first sights upon entering the Luxembourg Gardens.

Beekeepers busy at work were among our first sights upon entering the Luxembourg Gardens.

 

Feeling full and relaxed from lunch, I'm ready to take on the streets of Paris!

Feeling full and relaxed from lunch, I’m ready to take on the streets of Paris!

I could watch the kids playing in and around the pond in front of the Luxembourg Palace for hours.

I could watch the kids playing in and around the pond in front of the Luxembourg Palace for hours.

And, the Fountaine di Medicis just off the palace is always a tranquil stop along our walks.

And, the Fontaine Medicis next to the palace is always a tranquil stop along our walks.

After exiting the Luxembourg Gardens, we walked through the Latin Quarter down toward the river, looking in shop windows and soaking up the gorgeous architecture surrounding us from every angle. We made our way across the Ile Saint Louis and the hordes of tourists waiting in line for their taste of Berthillon’s famous ice-cream.

Look at the amazing gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris.

Look at the amazing gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris.

We took a couple of cheesy selfies in front of Notre Dame cathedral, but I couldn’t bring myself to publish them (sorry!). Our travel-weary feet continued to carry us all the way to our destination in the Marais. When there are sights like this to be seen, it really doesn’t matter how far you’ve traveled, or how tired you are… It seems like the energy of the city and the promise of what’s around the corner are enough to keep feet moving.

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Our first Invader was camouflaged on a 12th-century wall (Wall of Philip Augustus), and we nearly walked right past it.

Our first Invader was camouflaged on a 12th-century wall (Wall of Philip Augustus), and we nearly walked right past it.

Why were we hoofin’ it to the Place des Vosges? I’ll give you two good reasons:

 

#1) To enjoy a kir at Andy's mom's favorite place for the apéritif.

#1) To enjoy a kir at Andy’s mom’s favorite place for the apéritif.

and #2) to enjoy some Berthillon ice cream (without the lines).

and #2) to enjoy some Berthillon ice cream (without the lines).

With the afternoon wearing on and our spirit of adventure about worn out, we made our way back to our cozy room in Montparnasse much the same way as we came. After a refreshing shower, sleep came quickly and lasted until morning…. And, that’s how we tricked jet lag!

Check back next week for Day Two of our Parisian adventures.

Jacqueline

 

61 Comments

  1. Great pictures of this beautiful city. I’ll have a full post on the Luxembourg Gardens but my poor ipad pictures don’t compare to yours. Berthillon ice creams, a must have. Looks like the weather was with you on that first day. Looking forward to the whole series.

    • The main thought that has preoccupied my brainstem since returning home is… “how do I get back,” Lol. What an amazing city. I didn’t want to pack my camera this time around, so all photos from this trip were taken with my iPhone 6. I was worried that they wouldn’t be great, but pleasantly surprised that they’re not too bad. The biggest challenge was framing photos. I found myself making errors (like chopping feet off) that are first nature with a camera. It was a new experience for sure.
      Thanks for saying hi! I hope your week is going well!! XO

      • The quality of the ipad 6 camera is excellent, so much better than the ipad ones. Makes me want to get an iphone as soon as I earn a bit more money.

  2. plus+beauty27 says

    Hi Jacqueline!
    These are fantastic pictures! It looks like you had a great 1st day. The food looks delicious! I am looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts on this trip. I hope to travel to Paris someday. I bet there is so much to see and do. You and your lovely blog posts have been missed!! I hope you’re doing well and you’re having a lovely week! ❤ 🙂 XO

    • Augh, I’ve missed you too, Katie!! I hope you had a nice little blog break as well (saw that on your blog). Sometimes we need a refresher, huh? It’s wonderful to be back though.
      I hope you’re doing well!! Lots of love.

      • plus+beauty27 says

        Thanks Jacqueline! I am doing well. I hope you are too! The blog break was a nice refresher and sometimes you just have to take a break every now and then and sometimes things just come up in life. Lots of love ❤ XO

      • It’s true. And, isn’t the realization that we have this WP family who misses us surreal? We’re lucky girls.

  3. Welcome back! Such amazing pictures and I’m so glad you got to experience this! Can’t wait to read more about it, especially the Chanel staircase. 🙂

  4. Wow, I’m so impressed you managed that whole journey and then a full day! When I went to Paris last year, I did feel incredibly lucky that the plane journey was only an hour! It’s amazing to have such a great city on your doorstep! I loved reading this post, it was lovely! I look forward to the rest! Xxx

    • You are a lucky girl! I’ve been consumed by thoughts of how to get back to Paris since arriving back home, LOL. Does the city need another nurse, academic and two kiddos? Probably not, LOL.
      Thanks for saying hi :o) Hope your week is going well.

  5. Amazing! The weather looks lovely and you just look so happy in these pictures.
    The food is amazing (you would expect nothing less from the french 😉
    A ridicuously long journey to get there though, you must have been so jet lagged and exhausted.
    xxx Anne

    • Hi, Anne! I’ve missed you. Yes, the weather was fantastic the whole trip! We lucked out.
      We were a bit rummy after the journey, but it’s funny how the promise of food and adventure can overpower a tired mind. :o)
      I hope your summer has been fun. XO

      • Missed you too! But you had a great excuse: Paris 😉
        The trip sure looks lovely, can’t wait for the next post 🙂
        My summer has been fun indeed, I will be moving house soon so I am fully in interior design mood 🙂
        xxx Anne

      • Augh! That’s awesome!! We’ll have to share ideas. We’re in that mode too :0) It’s exciting, huh?!

  6. How wonderful! Lovely pics. And yes, always take the train from the airport! I can’t believe it took 2.5 hrs!

    Notre Dame is the most beautiful cathedral; I just love it.

    Looking forward to the next five posts 😀

    • I know, right? My husband always takes the train. We were pooped though, and I think he was trying to save me a lot of walking with luggage… Instead it was a lot of rocking around in a bus. Gak! I would have welcomed the hustle of the train station after that bus journey, LOL.
      Thanks for saying hi!! I hope you’re doing well. XO

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  8. Gosh !! Le relais de l’entrecote – memories… 🙂 You’re so right, Paris just gives an unparalleled kind of energy.. Can’t wait to see more of what you’ve been up to à Paris 🙂 Bisous !

    • You’re also a Relais de l’Entracote girl? I’m not one for large portions of meat… but, how can we resist, right? Those pommes frites are to die for. I’m hungry just thinking about them!
      Bisous!

      • Am I ? Love the whole vibe and the stroll after dinner in August when the Parisians are either abroad or headed to la cote d’azur .It’s lovely . I used to often go to the one located Rue Marbeuf . Like I said ; memories … 🙂 Yes , I agree about the meat portions and the pommes frites. I do not care about the carbs when I’m there. lol ! Hope you had an amazing time and from the looks of it – you have ! 🙂 Yay !!

      • I’ve been to that one only once (not this trip). It’s a great location to people watch. :o)
        I agree…. The fantastic bread takes a back seat when there are seconds of *those* frites with *that* sauce…

  9. Beautiful pictures!!! I can’t wait to read more ❤️ The Luxembourg Gardens look absolutely breathtaking 😍 Love this post Jacqueline 💕 xoxo Janet

    • Thanks, Janet! Yes! The Luxembourg Gardens were a highlight for me. Andy was at the conference on and off for a few days, so I’d walk two blocks down to the gardens and just enjoy. This relaxing time really made an impression on me. Americans are often too rushed. Taking down time like this is good for the soul (and for productivity, lol)!
      XO

      • Yes I completely agree, down time is always needed and appreciated 💕 Cannot wait to read the next entry on your Paris fun 😘

  10. Missed your posts! This looks fabulous! Thank you for taking us on this journey with you. Your iPhone pics came out great!

    • Hi, Cos! I missed you too. I’m glad my iPhone photos came out okay. I missed my camera, but the sacrifice was worth not having to lug it around. Lol.
      Hope you’re enjoying the day!! XO

  11. SASS-A-FR-ASS says

    Welcome back!!!
    Fantastic pictures and can’t wait to see more! XO

      • SASS-A-FR-ASS says

        Funny (not funny) how a person notices a favorite blogger when they are gone..it’s not the same. But that’s what I love about everyone here. Everyone are always here for when a person gets back. Point being you were missed and I’m sure I’m not the only one.💞
        (Plus I am dying to know what make-up treasures you brought back.) 😉
        Your trip looks amazing.

      • Aww. I missed you too! Thanks for your kind words. They’re appreciated!
        Our WP community is pretty special! XOXO
        Hope your weekend is great!!

  12. I was missing your blog posts! Nice to see an update from you!
    Paris is totally all about the food, I agree. I still remember some of the meals I had when I was there… yummy.
    You LOOK Parisian, if I may say so. You look like you belong there. Did people try to speak French to you? 😛

    • Hahaha. You know… In my book there really is not better compliment than the one you just gave me. :o) Thank you! But, alas, no. I’m afraid no one thought I was one of their own. Darn it!
      Food. :o) :o) Any meal in particular stand out?

      • Ooooh, yum!! I love mousse in Paris. I normally go for cake, but this trip was all about the mousse… Drooling just thinking about it.

  13. Wahhh you went to Paris!! Remember how I mentioned that I was supposed to go to China this year? Unfortunately that trip fell through, but my boyfriend and I decided since we were already planning that time off, we’ve shifted to London and Paris instead! We’re going to do a week in each in August 🙂 Really this time. Our time-off requests have been approved, we’re looking at hotels, and will be booking in the next week or so. I might be asking you some tips soon, though we already have a million places on our agenda!

    • Ali! I was just thinking of you earlier today. I’m so excited to hear that you have fun traveling plans in the works (sorry about China though!)!! Yes, please pick my brain. We’d love to help. XO

  14. What a packed day 1 Jacqueline – you’ve taken some lovely photos! I’ll never tire of reading about Paris – we went there a lot especially when still living in the UK and it has a beautiful romantic feel. We used to stay in the Montmartre area as that was cheap (when we were students and backpackers) but we stayed on the Left Bank near the Musee D’Orsay with our 2 girls a few years back – that was lovely! 🙂

    • Those are wonderful parts of town! I feel like no matter how much I roamed around and became acquainted with Paris’ streets, there would always be something new to see and some parallel street that I had never been down before. It’s such a treat to walk the streets.
      Hope you’re well. :o)

  15. This looks like such a beautiful, perfect day! I hope your time in Paris was magical!!

    Sophie x

  16. Beautiful photographs… No wonder Paris is called the City of Light… And love! …I really liked the post. All my best wishes. Aquileana 😀

    • Aww. Glad you enjoyed it, Aquileana! Thanks for checking the post out. I sure wish we could be back in Paris now. It was too short a trip!
      XO

  17. Your pictures are just lovely! I can’t wait to go at some point. Seems like your trip went off without a hitch. I can’t wait to see day two! 🙂

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