European Escapades - First Stop, Paris

It's hard to believe that we jetted off to Paris only a few days after moving into our new apartment. I am lucky enough that I have meetings in Paris, Dublin, and London and Tyler decided to come to the first part (Paris) as he doesn't start work until mid-July. The daunting part was having to pack our belongings for 6 weeks (we are in Europe, then CA, and Maine), especially after just unpacking them! We've been really looking forward to Paris for the past month and were lucky enough that my mom put together this AMAZING walking guide around the city....I've added it to our collection of itineraries :) It is really thorough and has so many wonderful ideas and activities for seeing all that Paris has to offer.

We took the red eye from NYC and arrived Thursday morning in Paris. We took a shuttle from the airport and got dropped off right in front of our hotel, which is in a great spot. It's one block from the metro and close to the Champs-Elsees and Arc de Triomphe. Having a metro stop so close to the hotel makes accessing other areas of the city so easy. I had to work a full day, which was rough after the red eye, but was able to stay awake for a very delicious dinner at Le Ballon des Ternes, which was one block from the hotel.

Friday, I headed into the office while Tyler spent the day at the Louvre. For dinner, we got a great recommendation from a coworker for Les Cocottes de Christian Constant, which was near the Eiffle Tower. We walked from our hotel to the Arc de Triomphe and then from their followed my mom's guide to an awesome viewing point for the Eiffle Tower. We walked around the Eiffle Tower and through one of the many parks in the city before heading to dinner. After dinner, we had one of many nutella and banana crepes ont he Seine River before jumping aboard an evening river cruise. It was so much fun to see the city all lit up at night...absolutely gorgeous!
Arc de Triomphe
The Eiffle Tower - recommended viewing point from my mom's guide!
I could get lost in these parks all day long
The Eiffle Tower all lit up....Stunning

Saturday, we woke up early and headed to do our segway tour, another recommendation in my mom's guide. It was such a cool way to the city and was so much fun. We had an absolute blast on the segways and will definitely plan to do future tours on segways. We then walked around the surrounding area, exploring one of the many food markets before heading to lunch. We found a quiet cafe and re-fueled before making a trek to find a really good macaroon spot...boy were we glad we found it! It was then time for a nap and we headed home to rest up before heading to yet another recommendation from my mom to dinner at Le Coupe Chou. This was the cutest little restaurant and the food was really fantastic. From dinner, we headed to Montmarte and explored the Sacre Coure church, the little shops and made our way down the hill to see Moulin Rouge.
#myhusbandisagiantonasegway! Practicing!
Gorgeous lamp post overlooking the Seine River
So cool in our bike helmets!
Napoleon's Tomb
Lourve Museum standing next to one of the "unkown" entrances - no need to stand in line in front of the pyramid with long lines when you can go to two other entrances :) Tip from our tour guide!
The Eiffle Tower
Eiffle Tower + us!
Les Invalides - Veterans' Hospital
Delicious Macaroons 
Dinner at Le Coupe Chou - a must try!
Sacre Coure Church
Moulin Rouge

Sunday, we slept in and enjoyed a nice workout. We took our time getting ready and stopped by a little cafe to enjoy the amazing, but simple, ham, cheese, and butter baguettes ...they are literally my favorite sandwiches! We walked down the Champs-Elysees and did some shopping and walking along the Seine. It was raining and pretty cold out, so we decided to come back and rest for a few hours before meeting up with my coworkers for dinner. We had a fabulous dinner at Les Fines Gueules and highly recommend this spot! Unfortunately, the work week begins and Tyler is heading home while I take off with my team to Dublin and London. Au revoir Paris!

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