I couldn't, I absolutely couldn't, fit Paris into a single post. To be frank, I can't even do it justice in two posts. There's a magic to Paris that's hard to capture at all. It's ethereal, it's timeless, it's beautiful beyond belief around each corner, it is steeped in awesome and inspiring culture.
Having entirely too much fun at the Palais Royale before a full day at the museums.
I had been to Paris before, but it was Doug's first time visiting so we made sure to see some of the key sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The Louvre courtyard, above, seen from inside the museum.
If you go, don't try to enter through the iconic glass pyramid. You will spend hours waiting in line for the privilege. Instead, buy your ticket at a kiosk on rue de Rivoli near the Palais Royale and use the underground entrance instead. My friend introduced me to this trick on my first ever visit to Paris back in 2004, when I was a student backpacking around Europe, and it remains the way to go. Doug and I took the photo below on our way out of the museum, after our visit.
If you will be in Paris before January 7, 2018, please - I'm begging you - go see Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It's a retrospective of 70 years of one of the most influential (the most influential?) fashion houses, and the dresses are truly stunning.
I recommend buying your tickets in advance, which will save you time waiting in line. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is part of the same enormous complex as the Louvre, although it has a separate entrance on rue de Rivoli.
The Tuileries, above, my favorite place to wander and decompress after taking in all that the nearby museums have to offer.
The rooftops of Paris are enchanting, here Montmarte is seen from the steps of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. If you look closely below, you'll see a certain landmark in the distance.
We spent a single last night in Paris before flying back to NYC. We splurged on a night at Le Roch Hotel, which was conveniently located near many of the museums. It was a posh setting (less neighborhood-y than Hotel Providence) and the hotel had a distinctive eye for design, even down to the bar (shown above).
We had an incredible dinner at Verjus, a short walk from the hotel, which we deemed possibly our favorite meal of the trip. The food was outstanding (fresh, creative, inventive, delicious) and the service was both warm and efficient. Two Parisians complemented my shoes (ahem, this year's birthday shoes), which means that I can die happy. After dinner, we spent our last night sipping cocktails in the definitively sexy bar and lounge at Le Roch - a perfect way to close out the trip.
Paris, I will be back as soon as I possibly can.