Back with another installment of our Places We’d Rather Be Right now. This time, we’re heading to Paris, one of our favorite cities in the world. Paris has been a frequent destination, and we have a lot of pictures from there, so we’re going to break this one into two segments. Hope you don’t mind a couple days strolling around the City of Lights.
Staying in the 1st arrondissement, many mornings start with a stroll down Boulevard des Capucines toward Place de la Madeline and the Greek-style L’eglise de la Madeline.
Where in warmer months, the front is all in bloom.
A pop into the Laduree on the corner is a must, whether to sit down to pain perdu and an omelette, or to grab a couple takeaway macarons to snack on.
Then its on to the Tuileries.
Go to the left and you run into the Louvre.
Go to the right and you run into the Place de la Concorde and Musee de l’Orangerie – the best museum in Paris.
The museum is the permanent home of eight floor to ceiling Water Lillies murals by Claude Monet. Just like any museum in Paris, it can get crowded, but never so much that it ruins the tranquility the paintings bring.
Spend as much time as you need to take in the beauty, before heading out and walking along the River Seine towards the Ile de la Cite, home to Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame.
Late afternoon will hit and it will be time for a break and a drink. Pop into a sidewalk cafe for a bottle of wine, or if you want something a little harder, the L’Opera martini at the Le Grand is one of the best in the city.
Finally, on to one of the prettiest places to finish the night, Cristal Room Baccarat in the Musee Baccarat. The exposed brickwork, large mirrors, and crystal chandeliers all mix together in an opulent and romantic fashion. The food is very good, and the service is top quality.
Looking back through all these pictures, all we can say is we’re ready to go back! After all… Paris is always a good idea.