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Museums, Macarons, & High Tea in Paris

June 6, 2016

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Bonjour, Paris!

After a 2.5 hour high-speed train ride from Luxembourg, we made it to our hotel in the early afternoon.

 

Rainy Touring

It was pretty grey and rainy, so we grabbed our umbrellas and rain boots and hit the streets.

Our hotel was in the 9th arrondissement and we wandered along aimlessly until we came to Rue Saint Honoré.

 

Mustard

There were lots of pretty little shops in the area, including a Maille boutique. We went in and sampled a few mustards we can’t get back home, and the best by far was the Mustard with Rosemary Honey. We decided to buy a little bottle of it to take back home with us.

 

Laduree

Next stop – macarons! The Ladurée store is so pretty and their Macarons are delicious.

 

Laduree Store

Me in my happy place.

 

Laduree Macarons

So good.

 

Paris

At this point the rain had stopped and the clouds were starting to dissipate.

 

Rain

All of a sudden, the skies opened up and it started pouring! Cobi and I got instantly soaked and we took cover in a little cafe by the Louvre.

 

Rainy Day Coffee

Coffee & Macarons in the rain in Paris. Can’t complain.

That evening we went to a cocktail bar called Le Mary Celeste. It was unbelievable – by far the best meal we’d had on the trip, and we’d eaten some pretty amazing things. We sat at the bar and had a great conversation with one of the bartenders. He recommended the must-try dishes and made us some amazing cocktails, and gave us some recommendations on where else we had to eat while in Paris.

 

Moulin Rouge

The next morning we were up early and started our touring, starting at the Moulin Rouge.

 

Breakfast

We stopped for breakfast at a little cafe and had the ‘breakfast special’, which included cappuccinos, madeleines, brioche, croissants, and freshly squeezed OJ.

Nothing like a good carb load before a day of touristing.

 

Paris

We had another day ahead of us with nothing in particular planned. Cobi had never been to Paris before so we really just wanted to walk around everywhere and see as much of the city as we could.

 

Arc de Triomphe

We walked over to the Arc de Triomphe, then along the Champs Élysées looking at all the beautiful shops.

 

PierreHerme

We received a recommendation from a friend to check out Pierre Hermé macarons, and we were not disappointed!

 

Pierre Herme

The packaging was super cute.

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

And the macarons were like little clouds.

 

Louvre

After our snack we decided to head to the Louvre and check out some art.

 

Louvre

It was the first time I had ever been and it was so beautiful.

 

Mona Lisa

Oh, hey Lisa!

The crowd in front of the Mona Lisa was pretty crazy. One of the museum employees stood in front of the painting trying to block people taking photos with selfie sticks. Note to tourists – Selfie Sticks are not allowed in the Louvre!

 

Venus De Milo

The art was beautiful, and it was pretty cool seeing famous paintings and statues up close.

After we’d soaked up all the culture we could, we made our way to dinner. Cobi had done an awesome job picking out the cocktail bar the night before, so he was in charge of choosing another restaurant. We went to a place called Le Barav which was a wine bar. We ate Croque Monsieur, Honey Brie and Charcuterie. And wine – lots of wine.

 

Spa

We had been walking a LOT this trip and both of us were feeling a little worn out, so we decided to spend the next morning at the spa. We made appointments at the spa at the Saint James Albany for massages, and it was a pretty great way to start our last full day in Paris! We steamed, we sauna’d, we swam, we relaxed. I would have stayed there forever, but we had High Tea to get to!

 

George V Lobby

Last time I was in Paris my Mom and I went to the George V for High Tea and it was amazing, so Cobi and I decided to check it out.

 

George V Flowers

The flowers at the George V are insane. They are so beautiful and they are everywhere! Our server told us there are 5 people on staff who’s only job is to attend to the flowers.

 

George V

We started off with glasses of champagne because why not.

 

High Tea

Tea Time!!

The selection looked amazing.

 

Finger Sandwiches

The finger sandwiches were all really good – Tuna and Chicken and Ham and Smoked Salmon.

 

Desserts

The pastries were also amazing. My favourite was the Passionfruit one that looked like BB8!

 

Pastries

The top plate was the best by far. The scones and the madeleines were unbelievable.

We were both so stuffed at this point, so we decided to walk the long way back to the hotel from the George V to try to digest. We needed to fit in one more meal before leaving Paris!

 

Pineapple

After a long walk and more touristing we decided to go back to Le Mary Celeste because it was so amazing.

 

Pineapple Drink

We got some of the same dishes again, and tried some new ones – including a Pineapple cocktail that came in a pretty cool cup!

 

Cobi

I really want a pineapple cup like this…

 

Amorino

Even though we were pretty stuffed from High Tea & dinner, we hadn’t yet been to Amorino Gelato and I NEEDED to go before we left. I got Nutella, Dulce de Leche and Stracciatella and they were all so amazing.

Pretty sweet final day in Paris!

This had been one of the most amazing trips ever, starting with a beautiful wedding with some of my favourite people. Thank you Sophie & Steve for giving us an excuse to go on an incredible European Adventure!!

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