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I will always prefer the small towns to the big cities, but there is just something about Paris. When we were planning our U.K. and Europe trip, we knew that we had to time it, so that we could celebrate our anniversary in Paris! After all, it was one of the first spots we travelled to together. In 2015, we spent part of our honeymoon in the city of love. We decided to recreate parts of that honeymoon trip, by finding the same restaurant and visiting the Eiffel Tower. Today, I’m going to share the highlights of our first day in Paris, on our third wedding anniversary.
From London to Paris
Just like on our first trip to Europe, we took the Eurostar from London to Paris. The trip is just a little over two hours. There are three different classes, for travel: Standard, Standard Premier, and Business Premier. We were booked for Standard Premier, which includes a meal (they called it light, but it was quite a bit of food and an individual bottle of wine). The train trip is comfortable and passes by quickly. I love that it passes under the English Channel. We sat across from a older couple, from Australia, and had a great time chatting with them.
Room with a View in Paris
We stayed in the gorgeous Hotel Claridge in Paris! Upon our arrival, we found out that our room had been upgraded to a suite with a beautiful balcony view. Immediately, I wished that we were staying for more than two nights! Even though the room and the view were amazing, we knew that we couldn’t waste any time, so after a little rest, we were out on the streets exploring.
Exploring the City
For most of the day, we decide to just walk around and experience the city like a local, instead of visiting the major tourist spots (though we did stop at the Eiffel Tower later). Of course, I had to visit some stationery shops! We also found a street market and got to snack on some local food. The donuts were amazingly delicious! The best part was just taking our time, strolling hand-in-hand, through the city of love. We didn’t rush from place to place. Instead, we took it all in. The sights, sounds, and smells. It was definitely a day to remember!
Dinner on our Anniversary in Paris
One of our fondest memories of our honeymoon, was having crepes at a little, French cafe, near the Eiffel Tower. I still look back at those photos and reminisce. That’s why we wanted to return to this special restaurant, for our anniversary dinner. Cafe Beaujolais had been remodeled a little, but we knew it was our place. Last time, we had crepes and drinks inside. This time, the weather was perfect for sitting on the patio and enjoying dinner. I’m sure we will make this a regular stop, if we return to Paris, in the future!
“Let’s take the Stairs”
You can’t stay in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower (even if it’s the second time)! Originally, we were just going to take a look around and snap photos from the ground, but once we got there, we decided to go up to the top again.
A lot has changed, in just three years. The last time we came, you could walk freely around the bottom of the tower without going through security. Now, all of the street peddlers have been pushed further out and there is a fence surrounding the Eiffel Tower. You must go through a security check point, in order to walk underneath. This is completely understandable and seeing the French military around actually made me feel quite safe. Like I said before, we were not planning to go to the top, so when we saw the line for the elevator, I was very hesitant. It was already getting late.
That is when Justin suggested we climb the stairs. Of course, there was no wait for this, but I was still looking at him like he was crazy! That’s way too many steps! 674 to be exact. That gets you to the second level, where you do get to take an elevator to the very top.
Well, guess what? We took the stairs! I do 30-45 minutes on an elliptical 3-4 times a week and when we travel, we walk thousands upon thousands of steps. I was 29 and in good health, but I still needed to take a breather every now and then. We did stop on the second level to take pictures and rest a minute. The best part: when we made it to the top, the gorgeous light show was going on, so we could see the shimmering lights, from the inside out.
It was a magical adventure to have on our third wedding anniversary!
I think Humphrey Bogart said it best.
“We’ll always have Paris.”
Until next time!