In February 2017, my husband (fiancé at the time) and I celebrated our engagement in Paris, France. It was a dream come true. We stayed in a cozy, bed and breakfast style hotel called the Hôtel de La Motte Picquet, a short walk from the Eiffel Tower. It had an elevator large enough to fit just our suitcases, but a delicious pastry filled breakfast every morning. One week was the perfect amount of time to see all the main attractions and get a feel for the city. We visited museums, had delicious food and checked out most notable neighbourhoods.
We arrived in Paris via train through Geneva and spent our first day exploring the Motte Picquet area. We had a lovely mid-afternoon lunch at a cute cafe. We walked by the Eiffel Tower several times both during the day and at night. We learned that it sparkles on the hour, every hour in the evening. We tried risotto for the first time at the most lovely Italian restaurant called Gusto Italia. It was so rich and delicious.
Our second day was jam packed! We strolled through the streets of Paris, admiring the Rue Cler Market, Tuileries Garden and Louvre Museum. We picked up a baguette from Gosselin Saint Germain bakery as well as wine and cheese from a corner store and had a delicious lunch picnic on a bench outside the Musée d'Orsay. We roamed the streets further to the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral and had coffee and crepes in the Latin Quarter. Then we strolled further and picked up macarons at the maison Georges Larnicol. We had a lovely dinner that evening at a beautiful French restaurant covered in vines called Le Coupe Chou. I tried escargot for the first time and it was interesting. We ended our evening at a piano bar.
The next day, I unfortunately had food poisoning and was in bed all day. On day four we made the journey to the Palace of Versailles and it was as magnificent as we imagined. Gold
everywhere, vast spaces filled with ornate paintings and sculptures. We were fortunate to have visited on a weekday, in the middle of winter and it wasn't too busy. We bought a museum pass and ended up visiting the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa (which is actually very small!) and the Musée d'Orsay as well. There was so much to see in both, but we aren't huge art people so were able to fit all three into the same day.
On day 5, we visited the top of the Arc de Triumph, Champs de Elysse, Napoleon's Tomb and Military Museum. We did a lot of walking. The view from the Arc de Triumph was stunning. Napoleon's tomb and the military museum are right next to each other and were included in our museum pass. Both were interesting. The fancy stores along Champs de Elysse were cool, but it was getting late and we weren't able to visit any of the stores.
We also moved our lodging to an airbnb that night. It was a studio apartment in quieter neighbourhood that gave us a lot more space as well as a fridge and hot plate.
Day 6 was my absolute favourite. We did our engagement photo shoot through the streets of Paris. It was so much fun and something I highly recommend. It was about 2 degrees celsius, but the experience was amazing and something I'll never forget. After we finished the shoot and warmed up, we visited Montmarte and walked up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The views of Paris were just breathtaking from here. We walked around and saw Moulin Rouge and had dinner nearby.
On our last day, we made the trek to Paris, Disney! It was a magical end to our trip. The European Disney experience is a bit different from LA but was still fun. The owners of our airbnb lived in another unit upstairs and had a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. They invited us up and we were able to take some pictures and check out the view as a finale to our trip. Paris was everything I thought it would be and more. One week was the perfect amount of time for us and I hope to go back one day in the future.