Waking up in the morning in Paris was a struggle due to the time difference. The morning of the second day of our trip, we woke up so late that we almost missed our complimentary breakfast. Thanks to the great staff at Hotel Vernet, who offered to send our breakfast to our room, we were able to enjoy the delectable breakfast. That was the beginning of our in-room breakfast for the rest of our trip. For my wonderful wife woke up just in time to order the breakfast before it ended at 10am everyday. God bless her heart!
We’ve decided to visit Musée du Louvre and walked from our hotel to take in the sights along the way. The great thing about staying within the city of Paris, is that everything is walkable. And, fascinating sights are found in every corner of the city.
We spent most of our day in the Louvre. We spent most of our time on the ground level and a little bit on the second level. We saw what we wanted to see ~ The Glass Pyramid, The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, The Raft of the Medusa, the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, and many others along the way. One day just wasn’t enough to see it all. When the Musée’s staff finally kicked us out, we stopped at the nearby Le Cafe Marly for an afternoon snack. We enjoyed Foie Gras (terrine) served with toast, paired with a half bottle of Sauterne. Did a bit of ‘people watching’ too ~ one that stood out the most is a lady dressed in a wedding gown. She seemed to be waiting for someone, perhaps her groom, while she smoked and drank her wine.
We took a different route back to our hotel to stop by ‘Hugo and Victor, Paris’ to buy their famous Kaffir Lime Tart with a striped white chocolate “lid.” Three words to describe this tart ~ burst of flavor!
Along the way, we came across a block full of restaurants. We decided to check the menus and none of them offered anything for kids. And not only that, all of them had very tight space (elbow to elbow with fellow diners). We then realized that there was a sign on the street before the row of restaurants that pretty much said it all, “no kids allowed.” Disappointed and hungry, we decided to eat in our hotel room instead. Just before reaching our hotel, we were greeted by the beautiful sight of the Eiffel Tower ~ all lit up in its glory. Couldn’t help but stop to enjoy the magnificent view.