In between rain showers we wandered central Paris…
(Apologies for jumping all over with my posts from Paris – there was just so much of my trip I wanted to share that doing it in a logical, cohesive order seemed too tame! Today’s pictures and memories are from the first day of our trip which was a constant flip between rain showers and sunny skies.)
We started out from our hotel in the 3rd with a loose destination in mind, no planned route to get there and nothing but time on our hands.
When we came across Meert we couldn’t help but duck inside to try their famous waffles. The first of many pastry stops on the trip!
From there we headed past the Centre Georges Pompidou with its distinctive utility pipes running along the outside of the building. The green pipes are for water, the yellow are electricity and the blue are air-conditioning. #TheMoreYouKnow!
Wandering past the Hotel des Villes we stopped to make a furry friend…though, sadly, he wasn’t able to join us on our journey.
‘Excuse me, fine sir. Might you know the way to the Eiffel Tower?’
Eventually we had to bid Francois (he looks like a Francois, doesn’t he?) adieu and head on our way past some very familiar sights.
First Eiffel Tower view of the trip ^
Walking along the river we came to the Louvre and followed some very smartly dressed guests into the inner courtyard…
Even the spring showers couldn’t dampen my excitement to be in Paris!
Ominous skies closing in…
The Palais Royal is just across the road from the Louvre and is the perfect stop for a spot of shopping, some tasty treats and a moment of calm in the lovely gardens. Luckily we timed it so that the blue sky was directly overhead.
As the skies started to take a turn for the worse and our stomachs started to growl we decided to head indoors and find shelter – and the world’s best hot chocolate – at Angelina.
We lingered inside for a nice long while gorging ourselves on chocolate and pastries and when the sun started to (momentarily) shine again we headed across the street to the Jardin des Tuileries.
We passed through the Place de la Concorde and along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe.
From there we zig zagged back towards the Place de la Concorde ending up at Pont Alexandre III which was gorgeous in the early evening light.
I can’t believe I only have a few more posts from France left for you all! Make sure you come back and visit this Saturday and early next week to join me as we leave Paris and head south to Chateau country…