Technically I an really not going to count day one as a true Paris day. Yes we did land, yes we were actually in Paris, but it was a jet lagged, tired induced coma. By the time we were off the plane, through customs, grabbed our luggage and found our driver to take us to our Paris For Rent apartment on Rue Dragon right in the middle of Paris, we were in a fog. Samantha, our Paris For Rent apartment contact was there to greet us. We were early and the apartment was not ready yet. No big deal, we went to Deux Magots and had a light lunch, then to Monoprix for some food supplies. By the time we arrived back at our apartment, it was all ready cleaned and ready.
Samantha did a great job of showing us how everything worked and what keys to use to get in and out of the building plus give us some tips on things in the neighborhood. After a few questions she was on her way. By the way, if you are looking for an apartment to stay in vs going the hotel route (which I highly recommend!!) please check out this fine company. From the first steps in booking last March all the way through it has been a 5 star experience. This is the first time I am doing the apartment thing in Paris and it will be the only route I go from now on!
After unpacking and settling in we were so completely wiped out that we just wanted to contact our families, make a plan for day two and slip into a comfy bed. That is exactly what we did. Knowing that I have a hard time trying to sleep away from home I already had meditation and sleep music loaded on my IPod. In went the ear buds. Before I knew it I woke at 3:30 am. This was not good. After taking something for a headache, I tried again. Next thing I knew It was 9:30!! OMG! I wanted to be up and off early! There are things to do and after all I carefully made out a list of all my priorities. Time was a waisting! After taking a chill pill and stopping my mind from racing, we were off to begin our TRUE day one in Paris.
We first headed to Eggs and CO. For brunch. A bacon omelette please. You can’t beat a great breakfast when you have a big day ahead. The omlettes were delicious, but I was feeling a little weird. I feel slightly skiddish about my bits of French sounding absolutely rediculous. I felt this way last time too, but after a couple of days my bonjours came out more and more confident.
With a decent meal in us, it was time to begin. First stop was the Orsay. Five years ago when I was here, I remember loving this place so much. Again, it did not disappoint. We wandered through every room. I realized I missed half of it last time. This time I saw everything. I’m partial to Monet, Renior, and Van Gogh, so I’m happy here. After 4 hours or so we were a bit hungry so we headed over to Angelina’s for some famous hot chocolate. Okay, If you ever go to Paris you must have this. I am insisting. It is to die for and even though you can soak in the atmosphere just with sipping that creamy, thick hot chocolate, try a dessert too. Heaven. Enough said.
Off to the Champs Elysee for a stroll down one of the great boulevards in the world. We just happened to wander into the Longchamp store. Last time I was in Paris, I splurged, this time just a mini splurge. Mission accomplished on the bag purchase. I might add that the French girl that waited on me was an absolute delight! I wish I could remember her name because she made my second day in Paris a treat! We make it all the way down to the Arc de Triomphe and spend some time watching the drivers navigate the massive traffic circle. It is amazing how the French can have the patience to even attempt this thing. I am convinced if we had something like this in the states it would be a breeding ground for violence.
After pausing to walk around the Arc, we made our way back down the Champs for the long walk back to our apartment in the 6th. On our way we caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower twinkling at the top of the hour. Even after already seeing this for a first time, I still got tears in my eyes just realizing I had made it back to Paris for the second time in my life and hopefully not my last.
After a bit of wine, some winding down, and some contact with back home, it was time to get some sleep and recharge for day number 3. It was a full day of sightseeing. Satisfied and feeling much better than the day before, I was feeling so happy I think I fell asleep with a smile on my face.