Day 2 in Paris

Wednesday 13 (Louvre)
8am wake up & get ready
Metro: Tuileries Line 1 to Palais Royal- Musee du Louvre
Musee du Louvre (see print out Louvre guide) 22
Walk to Dinner; Right Rue du Louvre; Left Rue Saint- Honore; On Right side
Bistrot du 1er
95, Rue Saint Honoré 75001
Try Ttoro (Scampi, Mussels in pot) Cote
de Porc Fermier (Pork Chop) Onglet de Boeuf (Beef Hanger steak with shallots &
potato gratin)
Metro: Louvre Rivoli to Champs Elysees Line 1 to Gaite Line 13
Le Petit Journal (Jazz Club)
13 Rue du Commandant Mouchotte, 75014
Metro: Gaite
Metro: Gaite Line 13 to Invalides Line 8 to Concorde


Day 1 in Paris

I have already schedule for our first day in Paris. Just waiting to make dinner reservation!

Tuesday 12 (Champs- Elysees & Palais- Royal)
11:25 AM arrival
BlackLane Car Service to Hotel
Pre-Check in/ Drop off Luggage

Metro: Tuileries Line 1 to Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Arc de Triomphe 38
Walk down Champs Elysees *If you see bread & fruit buy some
Launduree (Macaroons or french toast) for breakfasts
Place de la Concorde (Obelisque) 134
Angelina’s Dessert (226 Rue de Rivoli)
Return to Hotel to relax and get ready for dinner

Walk: Left out Hotel; Left Rue D’Alger; Right Rue Saint-Honore; Left Rue Saint-Roch;
Right Rue des Petits Champs; Past Rue Vivienne; Restaurant on Left
Bistrot Vivienne
4 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 (15 minute Walk)

Hotel to get some sleep


We are going to Paris!!*

If you haven't noticed already- I am completely in love with all things Paris! I went to Paris days after my 18th birthday with classmates and haven't stopped thinking about it since I left. I am always given Paris related items for my birthdays and holidays. My kitchen is decorated in Paris scenery. All I can ever think about is going back to Paris. It would have been wonderful to go on my honeymoon to Paris, but at that time we just needed an easy trip because we were moving to California ten days later.

At the end of June, Daniel's grandmother passed away. Although I didn't know her very well, I know we had the same love for Paris. She was French. At that time I was also having a quarter-life crisis, just having my 25th birthday. Ten days before my birthday I got a sketch of the Eiffel Tower tattooed on my back. I also know a good amount of people I graduated with that are starting to have children. Now I have strong opinions about having children early on- but my issue was more of the luxury of not having children so that I can see the world. It has been seven years since I have been out of the country. And I know living in California is huge part of why I haven't got out of the country until now. On the plane back from his grandma's funeral I wrote about how life is short and how much I think of Paris. It ended by "It's been seven years too long. I need to be in Paris!" I also convinced Daniel that this year would be the best because we have no idea on where his career will take him next year.

Although I convinced Daniel to say yes, it still has taken over a month to actually buy the plane tickets. I was able to find a Marriott hotel in the heart of city for 114 Euros a night! I then got it confirmed off with work! I am using airline miles to pay for my plane ticket and we are using Daniel's school money to pay for his. I have also outlined the next paychecks before our departure to know how much to set aside for meals, museum entrances, and metro rides. We are going to do the Paris Museum Pass which will save us at least 10 Euros each, maybe more if we squeeze in a few more places. We will also be buying a booklet for the metro.

We depart November 11 and will be back November 20. I'm looking forward to going in November, the weather should be chilly, but we plan on spending lots of times indoors at the museums! We also think this is an excellent time to go because there shouldn't be as many tourists! I have already gotten myself a fancy cream coat and will be buying brown gloves to match. Daniel still has his nice coat that looks like a suit coat he got a few years back at Express.

We have already started our research so we can fit as much in as possible. We bought two books off Amazon, borrowed a few books from the lady I work with who went in the spring, and have been doing some online research from blogs! Our itinerary will be very tight, with lots of walking.

I know some people might be angry thinking this is a bad investment with our money; but my parents have taught me that trips bring so much insight and happiness to your life. And if not now, then maybe never. I have a desire to go to many places around the world and Daniel has interest as well. We know the world has so much to offer and we can't see it!


Vaux-le- Vicomte

A lady I work with just got back from a trip to France. She said all the famous museums were very crowded. If you are interested in Paris history and love the palaces found through out France



*Markets of Paris, 2nd Edition: Food, Antiques, Crafts, Books, and More
*Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart
*Wandering Paris: A Guide to Discovering Paris Your Way
*The Paris Shopping Companion: A Personal Guide to Shopping in Paris for Every Pocketbook
*Paris Movie Walks: Ten Guided Tours Through the City of Lights! Camera! Action!
*Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
*Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More
*Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris
*Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris

Dining at Julien*


Scooter Rental

I have always wanted to rent a scooter in Paris and ride around the city for a day- I need to look into tips- but I have found two websites that rent scooters in Paris!




Hotel Edouard VI Paris

Hotel Edouard VI

Rooms with a view!

Book a Superior Double Room to have a view of Montparnasse!

Hotel Home Latin

Another advertisement from Secrets of Paris: Hotel Home Latin! Located just south of the Notre Dame, off Saint- Germain Boulevard, close to the Maubert- Mutualite metro stop!

Double Bed: Running for 160 Euro in May of 2014

Hotel De Neuve

I would love to stay in a hotel that wasn't a chain. I saw an advertisement from the Secrets of Paris Blog for Hotel de Neuve (previously Hotel Jardin de Paris Marais Bastille):

This room starts at 114 Euro a night! Near the right bank a few blocks away from the Bastille!

Secrets of Paris Blog

Found a new blog that definitely has some interesting articles! Secrets of Paris

the Fabulous Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge opened in late 1889 was inspired by the circus and introduced the can-can dance. It was an "extravagant place with its huge dance floor, mirrors everywhere, and galleries that were the last word in elegance." Not only can Moulin Rouge show you a good time, it has so much history.
To visit Moulin Rouge their are different rates available depending on the experience one is wanting. Just an evening show is 95 Euro. To add a half of bottle of Champagne is 105 Euro. They offer dinner at 7pm then the show at 9pm for 175 Euro for the Toulouse- Lautrec menu or 200 Belle Epoque Menu.  They do ask you to dress in elegant attire, but a tie and jacket aren't necessary).

Visit their website: v=http://www.moulinrouge.fr/index_gb.php#.


Coco Chanel Apartment

I have always admired Coco Chanel, a french girl who turned her life around by starting new fashion. If you have seen the TV movie Coco Chanel played by Shirley MacLaine they do a run way on stairs that have mirrors on the walls- turns out that Chanel had the same thing in her place. 

See more of her apartment at http://www.thecoveteur.com/coco_apartment.

What I want to know is how much it costs to visit her apartment: http://www.intheknowdreamdesigner.com/cocochanelprivate

Le Valentin- Bakery

Across the way from Pain d'Epice is Le Valentin, a cute looking bakery. It has got some great reviews on Trip Advisor about the food, the staff, and the how affordable it was! 

Le Valentin

4.0 star rating
3 reviews
Categories: Coffee & TeaBakeries  [Edit]
30-32 Passage Jouffroy
75009 Paris
Neighborhoods: Richelieu-Drouot, 9ème
01 42 46 12 20

Nearest Transit Station:
Richelieu - Drouot
Grands Boulevards
Le Peletier
Price Range:
Accepts Credit Cards:

Parisian Toy Store*

According to "My French Country Home" blog and need a gift for a kid to check out Pain D'Epice who sales traditional toys. Just look at their store entrance! 

Pain d'Epice

4.5 star rating
3 reviews
Category: Toy Shops  [Edit]
29 Passage Jouffroy
75009 Paris
Neighborhoods: Richelieu-Drouot, 9ème
01 47 70 08 68

Nearest Transit Station:
Richelieu - Drouot
Grands Boulevards
Le Peletier
Mon 12:30 pm - 7 pm
Tue-Sat 10 am - 7 pm
Price Range:
Accepts Credit Cards:

You can't be in Paris without a Parasol

I came across this article through Pinterest: http://www.pinkmemo.com/newyork/blog/under-a-couture-umbrella/.

Madeleine Gely is a pricey, but unique umbrella boutique not too far from the Eiffel Tower. 

Madeleine Gély

4.0 star rating
1 review
Category: Accessories  [Edit]
218 bd Saint-Germain
75007 Paris
Neighborhoods: Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, 7ème
01 42 22 63 35

Nearest Transit Station:
Rue du Bac
Sèvres - Babylone
Tue-Sat 9:30 am - 7 pm


Websites for Paris

Check Out Some of These Websites:













The Oldest Restaurant in Paris

13 rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie, 6eParis

Fun Facts:
-Oldest Restaurants, opened in 1686
-Serves French Food
-Entrees between 20-29 Euro
-Reviewers liked the:
     *Coq Au Vin
      *Onion Soup
      *Creme Brûlée
-Café Procope was refurbished in 1988 to 1989 in 18th-century style. It received Pompeian red walls, crystal chandeliers, 18th century oval portraits of famous people that have been patrons, and a tinkly piano. The waiters were dressed in quasi-revolutionary uniforms.
- Diderot, Voltaire, George Sand, Victor Hugo, and Oscar Wilde has ate there

Cinemtiere de Passy

-Opened in 1820
-Located at 2 rue Commandant-Schloessing in the 16th arrondissement. Get off at the Trocadero metro stop and look for the Passy Cimetiere exit. With your back to the Eiffel Tower, the cemetery is located just across the Place du 11 Novembre from the Trocadero. In fact you can see the wall of the cemetery straight ahead, and keeping the wall to your right follow the avenue Paul Doumer for a few yards but then switch over to the rue Commandant-Schloessing and the entrance is on your right.
-Here you will find Impressionist painters Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot, Romantic composers Claude DeBussy and Gabriel Faure, noted French aviators Costes and Bellonte, aircraft designer Henry Farman, American silent screen star Pearl White,("Perils of Pauline"), and all sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
-Site of Claude Debussy who played Clair de Lune
-Closed Sundays


Paris Must Do*

Notre Dame
Musee de Cluny
Shakespeare and Company
Cimetiere du Montparnasse
Arc de Triomphe
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur
Moulin Rouge

List will be updated as I learn more!...

My Love For Paris

If you know me at all, you know I am in LOVE with Paris, France. My kitchen is decorated with Eiffel Towers and scenes of Paris. I am always getting gifts that involve Paris. This Christmas I received a Kate Spade tote with the lighted Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge sign. My mom found a cutting board that matching two artworks I have! I have jewelry that has the Fleur de Lys; some with Eiffel Tower. Even Eiffel Tower earrings! To say the least I'm obsessed! 

For a high school graduation gift my parents paid for me to go France with my french teacher and some students. The first day of our trip I turned 18 in London. In that trip we started off in London then took a boat to the Northern France, bussed to Paris, then took the TGV to Nice. We saw a lot of sights in only 12 days. I only was able to spend a few hours in the Louvre. I literally had to run to meet up with my group in time. It was a trip of a lifetime, that allowed me to see so many different sights. I was even able to call home from the second level of the Eiffel Tower!

As great as a trip that was, I am dying to go back! I think about Paris daily. It has been almost 7 years since I have gone and I desperately hope I can go back within the next two years (of course with Daniel, my husband). I am starting this new blog to collect information of things to do, eat, and see in Paris and other travel locations. Then hopefully once I come back I can write my experiences and thoughts!

(Above picture is me on the second level of the Eiffel Tower)