Paris travel diary

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We spent 4 days in Paris and it was just enough time for me to fall in love with the city. We left Paris knowing we would come back very soon. We probably could have spent a couple weeks and not run out of things to do. There is so much to explore and endless cafes to try.  Paris was the last stop of our 3 weeks Europe getaway. Here is a snapshot of what we got up to.

17ème Arrondissement

We stayed at a really cute boutique hotel called Hôtel Le Trente in the 17th Arrondissement in Paris. We decided to wake up bright and early one morning to explore the neighbourhood.  We stumbled across a cozy picturesque cafe with lots of patio seating that was serving pancakes! We learned that a lot of cafes in Paris don’t usually serve hot breakfast items so if you’re a croissants and muffins type of breakfast person then you’ll do just fine 🙂

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18ème Arrondissement after Marché aux Puces St Ouen

After our attempt to visit Marché aux Puces St Ouen, we strolled back through the 18th Arrondissement along this quiet neighbourhood full of galore of beautiful homes.

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Walking by Le Grand Hotel Paris – Intercontinental

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Galeries Lafayettes

If you’re a lover of high street brands, Galeries Lafayettes is the place you’ll want to spend most of your day at. Galeries Lafayettes has multiple floors with a little something different to offer at each level. We grabbed a quick Starbucks here to relax and continued to souvenir shop!

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L’église de la Madeleine

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La tour Eiffel

This was my very first time laying eyes on the Eiffel Tower in person. We managed to see the Eiffel Tower from some really nice spots close and afar. If you’re a blogger or a photo junkie, you’ll find some great shots from Trocadero as well as the Pont Alexandre III. We didn’t end up going up the Eiffel Tower but we’ll definitely do during our next visit.

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Trail walk after Eiffel Tour

After seeing the Eiffel Tour up close, we decided to stroll along the Seine and ended up walking from the Jardins du Trocadéro to the Grand Palais before making our way towards (luxury brands area) It’s quite a peaceful morning walk. We spotted a few groups of people taking wedding photos around the area.

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Île de la Cité and Cathédrale Notre-Dame

I really enjoyed strolling along the neighbourhood – the buildings and tall trees just give the city a romantic feel to it. Be sure to check out Berthillon for your dose of ice cream. Come early of expect to wait in line for a bit!

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Musée du Louvre

E and I aren’t exactly art enthusiasts but we thought it wouldn’t be a trip to Paris if we didn’t tour through the Louvre. We really enjoyed the architecture and design of the Louvre – the endless corridors and tall ceilings bring a really romantic feel to it. We woke up bright and early to be one of the first people to arrive at the museum but once the door opened, the museum was filled with exciting tourists!

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Cheers!
Grace, Food in the City Toronto

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