Happy Monday! It’s CHRISTMAS WEEK! 🙂 But first..Paris. 😉
Let’s pick up where we left off on Friday. Catch up here if you haven’t seen part one! 🙂 So, did you all know they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris? 😛 Joking. But when we woke up on Thanksgiving day in Paris, we knew the chances of turkey and stuffing were pretty slim…but who CARES? We’re in PARIS. 🙂 So we decided we needed MORE art in our lives and headed to the Musee D’Orsay to see the impressionist art pieces, which is one of my favorite art movements. To get there we walked along the Seine river and stopped by Lovelock Bridge on our way there.
Part of Lovelock Bridge was taken down due to the weight of all the locks making the walls unstable. That didn’t stop people from adding locks to other parts of the bridge as you can see in the photos! We opted not to do a lock ourselves since we read a lot of the Parisians view it as graffiti almost. But we had to take pictures at least! 🙂
The Musee D’Orsay is absolutely amazing. I saw so many paintings I had studied in art history classes. Unfortionatly no photography was allowed inside. But my favorite moment was finally seeing Starry Night in person after staring at the poster of it in my bedroom all through high school and college!! Goosebumps for sure. We also partook in our Thanksgiving lunch at the museum restaurant—cheese, bread and a bottle of wine! 🙂 The museum had an incredible view of the Sacre Coeur church from the top floor and it was so fun to eat our very french meal with our very french view!
After the museum we went to Angelina which is world-famous for their hot chocolate. We sipped it as we walked to the Christmas market. If I had to put what Angelina hot chocolate tastes like in words I’d say…imagine a super rich dark chocolate bar melted and boiled with thick cream and sugar. It was really tasty, but really, really rich. I couldn’t finish mine and Scott happily took over for me while I traded up for some Vin Chaud (hot wine). I wasn’t sure if I’d like the hot wine either, but I really did! It tastes like apple cider but with red wine instead of apple juice! 🙂 The Christmas market was awesome and ran all the way down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. There was all kinds of food booths, drink booths (including champagne!!), handmade items, local farmers, bakers and cheese mongers. Such a festive and fun evening—by the time we got to the Arc de Triomphe I was exhausted!
Before heading home for the evening we had a few important things to check off my list. Like a photo in front of the flagship Louis Vuitton store, and the newly opened Parisian Anthropologie (why can’t I quit you!?)! We then stopped by Berthillon for their highly acclaimed ice cream. I went with salted caramel and it was FANTASTIC. Scott did something that had rum and raisins in it…not as good sadly! It was really, really rummy. I prefer to keep my alcohol and ice cream separate. Old fashioned! 😛 For dinner we decided to pick up falafel from L’as du Fallafel. People had been raving about the falafel in all these online forums, and saying they waited hours for it. We kind of made fun of that, but now we see why. You guys….so good. And lucky for us, no line! 😀
After a night of hard sleep we woke up and spent the morning in the Marais district. We went to Stohrer for breakfast which is the oldest patisserie in Paris! My friend Alicia had recommended us to try the Puis d’amore there. O.M.G. Ya’ll. HANDS DOWN the most delicious thing I have eaten ever in my life. It was an experience. SO GOOD. Totally going to try to make them!
After savoring my breakfast treat and mourning having to leave the case of them behind, we made our way to E. Dehillerin which is where Julia Childs used to shop for her cooking supplies! They are famous for their copper pots and I knew that was the one thing I wanted to splurge and take home with us. It was hard to pick one since they were all so gorgeous, but I went with a pot that is also the PERFECT size for a champagne bucket. It’s totally multi-functional! 🙂
Next we went to our Macaron making class! A real estate client of Scott’s recommended the class to us and it was WONDERFUL! We did it at La Cuisine Paris and I would totally recommend anyone to go there. The classes are taught in English and not only did we learn a lot about macarons, but we met some really cool people from all over the world there! I took a ton of notes and after a few more practice rounds here in the states I’ll be sharing all I learned! 🙂
After eating about 100 macarons we were ready for real food so we walked towards the Sacre Coeur for dinner. We passed Printemps and Moulin Rouge on our way!! No sight of Ewan McGregor or Nicole Kidman though, boo. 😛
Sacre Coeur was amazing. The building itself was so beautiful, but more than that it felt so holy and peaceful inside.We happened to be there while these nuns were singing an acapella concert. Goosebumps head to toe. So beautiful.
And how do you end the most amazing Parisian vacation? I mean…is there anywhere else to go besides the Eiffel Tower? 🙂
Thank you guys for allowing me to rehash out our trip and share our photos! 🙂 Paris is such an incredible place and I can’t wait to go back soon!