So, we just got back from a 10-day whirlwind tour of France. We call it our last hurrah before the baby arrives and potentially no more vacation or at least stress-free vacation for life? The trip was so awesome and a much-needed vacation despite a little mishap in the beginning when we scrambled looking for a flight out to Paris as the original flight was canceled due to hurricane Irene. A day late, we managed to find two seats on Air France out of LA. Luckily, I’ve been to Paris so I did not miss much
My second time to Paris, I really only had 24 hours and wanted to focus on doing things that I did not get to do last time and revisit my favorite neighborhood. Paris with its elegant building, very chic neighborhood and parisians at the metro are what charm me. I wanted to soak up that ambiance as much as I can, if only I can bottle it….
As soon as we arrived, we hit the seine with our friends, Koen and Angeline, who made a special trip from Rotterdam to meet us (thanks much guys). We immediately got on the boat tour, which I did not do last time. Oh how I love the breeze as we passed all important spots that started Paris a long long time ago. I was charmed by ile de la cite…Louvre, Notre Dame, pont neuf…
This is how it looks like….cruising the Seine. Pardon the scaffolding on the bridge…ugh, why was it there?
Parisians and tourists alike enjoying a nice afternoon
Passing by Eiffel Tower and just like that you got a glimpse of my tummy for the first time 🙂 That’s right my friend, I’ve gained about 9 lbs when the picture was taken
The boat tour wore us out and we stopped for dinner at Le 6 New York for our first real french meal. I was not disappointed at my Assiette de legume (assortment of veggie) for appetizer and lamb leg for the main course. Just look at the legume presentation, what a work of art.
After dinner, we got to witness the fun thing going on in Paris, Critical Mass on Friday night where people roller-bladed and biked around the city
At that point, I was really really tired and jetlag. We decided to stroll pass Champs-Elysees on the way back to our hotel at the Point Maillot. Hmm, I must say, Champs-Elysees is not my cup of tea. It is very touristy and tacky. But, I could not resist snapping a shot by Arc de Triomphe.
We hit the sack after that so that we could have a fresh start the following day. Since, we only had half a day before having to drive to Normandy, I made it a priority to hit a craft store in Bastille and Marais neighborhood (my favorite). I’ll save the craft store trek for another post.
We ended our 24 hours in Paris at the Center Pompidou and got ready to head to Normandy