We started in Calgary and flew to London Heathrow, then made a connection to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Everything was really uneventful with our flights, just the way we like them! I have so many memories of Heathrow, it was fun to be back again. It is always the gateway to something exciting for us! When we landed in Paris we dealt with “baggage” loss, which was just our huge umbrella, and then caught the RER B train to Denfert Rochereau, the 6 Metro to La Motte-Picquet Grenelle and then the 8 Metro one stop to Commerce.
I felt so bad because we were so late and our Air BNB host had been waiting for so long for us! She was so kind and helpful and walked us to the apartment to give us the tour and show us around. We had been looking on Google Street View at the neighborhood before we came so it was so fun to see it all in person, smell the smells and hear the sounds.
Once we ditched our bags we grabbed supper (from Subway of all places! It was late, we were tired and starving, and it was closest) and walked to the Eiffel Tower to eat our sandwiches in the grass.
We lost count of how many people try to sell us things while we were there: roses, bottles of wine, souvineers, and these glowing helicoptery type things you throw in the air. They would serious just come right up and shove roses in my face, trying to get us to buy them. Non, merci!
We walked back to the apartment and went to sleep, and we were exhausted after not getting much sleep on our overnight flight to London.
On the morning of our first full day, we woke at 9… A bit later than we wanted to but we obviously needed the rest, especially this 23 week pregnant lady here. My feet and ankles were so swollen from the flights and all the sitting and they sure were happy that I was getting a good night’s rest.
We got ready and walked just down the street to the Franprix grocery store and bought a bunch of food for breakfast, snacks and a supper. We came back and Peter made us a big brunch.
Then we headed out again and explored some of the shops in our neighborhood as we made our way to Les Invalides where we toured the Army museum and saw Napoleon’s tomb. We got the 6 day museum pass so we could take our time and explore lots we had never seen before (like Les Invalides).
I love walking the streets of Paris. The hustle and bustle of traffic, the click-clack of all the high heels, the sirens, the French language… Surrounded by beautiful architecture and parks.
We made our way to Musée Rodin and took in many amazing sculptures and paintings, including a few Van Goghs.
After that, we walked through more Parisian streets, across the Seine River to Place de la Concorde and down the Champs Élysées. We stopped on the Champs for a baguette sandwich and cafè au lait.
We walked all the way to the Arc de Triomphe and since we had our museum pass we went right up to the top for the first time. Just 284 winding stairs, that’s all! I may have had to stop a few times.
It started to rain so we came in after spending quite a while at the top of the Arc and then we took the Metro “home”. We decided we would make ourselves a pasta supper, and we really weren’t expecting much but it was so tasty! Peter also had olives & cheese and some red wine, none of which I could participate in because duh, wine & pregnancy don’t mix, but also you are supposed to be careful what soft cheeses you eat while pregnant and also, I don’t like olives! So we ate our candlelight supper by the window, listened to Yann Tiersen (Amelie Soundtrack) and the rain on the street. It was so nice!
We are so happy we booked with Air BNB and get to live like Parisians while we are here. After supper we took a late night walk through the neighborhood, once it stopped raining. Perfect end to a lovely first day.
(All iPhone images)