Itinerary: Honeymoon in Paris

July 2011

A leisurely week long itinerary in Paris with lots of room to relax. It was our honeymoon after all…

Day 1

  • Arrived at Charles De Gaulle Airport – 45min cab ride to hotel. Have euros ready to pay for cab ride ~60 euros to city center.
  • Checked into hotel-email ahead of time to see if they can have your room ready when you arrive.
  • Lunch at nearby sidewalk cafe-ordered croque madame, frites, and a coke that came with lemon. Tip: Make sure to get your waiter’s attention when you want your check or ask for it when you order if you are in a hurry. The phrase is “L’addition, s’il vous plaît.” While it’s nice to enjoy a meal and not be rushed, usually you are looking to get on with your day.
  • We went to take a short nap…that turned into an all day nap. Maybe we should have waited a day before traveling after our wedding?

Day 2

  • Eiffel Tower-It was pouring rain, so we took the metro to the Trocadero. We walked down to the Eiffel Tower, ordered a pain au chocolate at a food stand, and enjoyed the view.
  • Aquarium – We went to seek shelter from the rain and ran into the aquarium. All I can say is it wasn’t the highlight of our trip. We wish the weather would have cooperated so we could have gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Champs Elysees-We went in the early evening to walk down the the famous street and window shop at the luxury boutiques.  One regret: not stopping in Laduree for their famous macaroons.
  • Arc De Triomphe- At the end of Champs Elysees, you will run into the Arc De Triomphe, one of Paris’s most famous monuments. It is the intersection of 12 avenues in Paris.
  • Dinner at La Relais De L’Entrecôte.

Day 3

  • Tuileries-A garden right outside of the Louvre museum. We chose to visit before and grab a bite to eat as we walked around since it wasn’t raining…yet.
  • Louvre – One of the world’s largest museums and home to perhaps the most famous painting- Da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa.

Day 4

  • Versailles – A short train ride away will take you to Versailles. Worth a day trip to see the Palace, Gardens, and Marie Antionette’s estate.
  • Eiffel Tower at night -one word: magical.
  • Chef Francis – Made famous in the movie European Vacation, Chef Francis is a popular cafe to eat at with a view of the Eiffel Tower. (this was on our itinerary-but was too crowded when we went).

Day 5

  • Notre Dame
  • Siene River – We enjoyed the sunshine and walking along the bridges.  Next time: a boat cruise.
  • Jardin de Luxembourg – One of the most popular gardens in Paris. Go buy a baguette, cheese, and a bottle of wine to have a picnic in the park.  With our luck though, as soon as we arrived there was a torrential downpour.

Day 6

  • The Latin Quarter – a neighborhood of Paris to explore with shops and restaurants.
  • Monmarte- Visit Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. Nearby -Moulin Rouge (This was a part of our itinerary that we did not end up visiting…next time).

Day 7

  • We said goodbye to the Eiffel Tower and had a crêpe in the park by our hotel.
  • Off to the airport.

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