For our first wedding anniversary we had something very special in mind: a visit to Paris during that weekend :) And we did!
It was very exciting to me as it was my first time in the French city, which is quite unusual as I have spent lots of time with my family as a kid in France, but not Paris. I visited mostly the south and the Bretagne, which I can highly recommend. Dani was with his parents and brother when they were little kids, so it was also an awesome opportunity for him to see the city with adult eyes and well, enjoy it together as newer weds. I know, I am quite cheesy, but what can I do? It’s the city of love, right? ;)
As usual our plans included both some of the highlights of the city, Tour Eiffel & Sacre Coeur and recommendation from bloggers for a more local touch, like the Promenade plantée. In fact we had our plans quite open because of the weather, if the rain came which seem a very certain possibility, we would change the city walkabout for an intense museum visiting. Both plans sounded great, however not matter how we love to visit museums (a lot!), as it was my first time in the city, I secretly wished we were able to just walk to see the buildings, shops, cafés and people.
Luckily we skipped the rain during almost all the day, only in the afternoon was when we got soaked, because yes, although we have been carring all the day long a big umbrella (and my rain boots) it only started when we left the hotel without our raining objects after a casual stop to have some coffee there, Oops :S
And it’s time to talk about the hotel, we took advantage of a a special offer for the 123 Sebastopol which was a newly opened hotel near Le Marais inspired in the movies theme. It was beautiful, new, comfy, and with lots of little details that made it one of the best stays ever. The breakfasts were so good, with the best croissants and cheese which let’s be honest, I don’t need a lot more to eat in Paris than those two :) Also the hotel had all the beverages in the rooms for free (if you asked for a refill in a certain one, then a charge was taken) and during all the afternoon there were complimentary snacks, tea and coffee for all their guests.
Paris may be one of the cities with more restaurants & cafés offer, it is amazing to see how everyone is in their terraces looking people passing by, although it may be freezing outside. Eating is always an important part of our trip experiences, and this time all of the blog-recommended places were a hit, so we have to give you the list: the cozy (and crowded) Creperie de Josselin with the most amazing bretonne cheese crepes and the mouth-watering nutella ones, a steak tartar & fries in La Favorite (try the poélé version, yummy!), the avocado bagel in Le Coffee Parisien and the funky pizzas of Pink Flamingo. We can’t praise enough all of them! If you go to Paris do not miss by any means Josselin and La Favorite.
Our three days in the most beautiful fall weather were a blast and Paris has easily scaled in my top favorite cities, because with their architecture, food and gardens Oh la la she stole our hearts ♥
** This post is part of our Paris series **
First visit in Paris, Le Tour Eiffel, and we are already photography nuts :)
Dani rocking his “Back to the future” vest.
We thought this balloons needed some love :)
This picture may look familiar to those who also follow us in Instagram, hello Paris!
The frames of the posters in the subway impressed me. Also the colorful (and solitary) single chairs caught our eye.
Lots of old boulangeries are now converted in other stores. You may be glad to know that this was still a boulangerie :)
On the second day, thus my outfit changes here :P, we visited Le Sacre Coeur and Montmatre.
We took the recommendation from the lovely Deniz to visit the back streets of Montmatre for a more real experience of the neighborhood. So good one! As we were pretty overwhelmed with the tourists and street vendors after our quick stop at the Sacre Coeur.
Montmatre had lots of colorful doors and window blinds.
A group of workers in the street were so amused by us taking pictures in front of closed doors that asked us if we wanted a picture of us together. We found lots of nice people in Paris!
Laduree is a very (
posh) fancy bakery famous for its made in heaven macarons. We chose a lemon, raspberry, candy strawberry and liquorice set, two for each, could you guess which ones were mine?
Centre Pompidou is the modern art museum of the city, very interesting architecture and very painful to not have enough time to visit it :S
People hanging in Pompidou’s slope square, listening to the rock and pop hits played by this cute young couple.
Le loir dans la théière is a tea place with an amazing atmosphere and beautiful drawings in the wall (sorry we were not able to take a proper picture of them!).
Night, night! See you in the next post to walk together along Paris beautiful gardens!