A long weekend in Paris, pt. 2

Pretty Paris streets, France

On day two in Paris, we woke up to gloomy skies but WE WERE IN PARIS! Apparently, a very French way to start a Sunday is with a stroll through the Tuileries so, after crossing the Seine from our hotel just behind the Musée d’Orsay, that’s exactly what we did.

Musée d'Orsay, ParisMusée d'Orsay, ParisOutside the Musée d'Orsay, ParisBike by the Seine, ParisEiffel Tower from the Seine, ParisJardin-des-Tuileries-ParisMusée du Louvre from the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

On this trip we’d decided to skip museums unless the weather turned particularly bad, so we admired the Louvre from the outside before meandering round the Île de la Cité and into the Cathédrale Notre Dame, where there was a Sunday mass underway and we got to witness a hymn being sung so beautifully.

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By this point our bellies were starting to rumble so we headed into the Marais. We wanted to see whether L’as Du Fallafel was worthy of the fuss, as it was closed when we tried to visit on our last trip! I’m not a falafel expert – this was only the third time I’ve eaten it – but it was pretty damn tasty. I was more into Aux Merveilleux de Fred, an amazing accidental find where the ‘Sans-Culotte’ blew my mind and I became addicted to the new-to-me, true-to-their-name merveilleux.

The streets of Paris, FranceVintage Citroen, ParisStreet-side café, ParisL'as du Fallafel, Le Marais, ParisL'as du Fallafel, Le Marais, ParisPretty doorway canopy, Paris, France

Next up, the Canal Saint-Martin! We picked a poor time to visit this usually-picturesque sight for the first time: it’s currently drained for cleaning (so that was the end of my dream of skipping stones á la Amélie). But! Paris has plenty more to offer and Montmartre was next on our agenda.

Memorial to the November 2015 terrorist attacks, ParisCanal Saint-Martin, ParisCanal Saint-Martin, ParisGare du Nord Métropolitan station, ParisSacre Coeur, Paris, FranceView over Paris from the butte Montmartre, Paris

As always, Montmartre was absolutely crawling with people so we couldn’t believe our luck when we saw that there was no queue to climb up to the dome of the Basilique du Sacré Cœur! The clouds hadn’t cleared (and it was windy up there!) but we could still see for miles and both enjoyed it infinitely more than the Tour Montparnasse.

Climbing to the dome of the Sacre Coeur, Paris, FranceView from the dome of the Sacre Coeur, Paris, FranceIn the dome of the Sacré Coeur, ParisView from the Sacré Coeur, ParisView from the Sacré Coeur, ParisMontmartre, Paris, France

Of course, after climbing all those stairs it was time for a Kronenbourg (or two) followed by the best crepes ever (and a bit more booze) at Crêperie Brocéliande. We then had a slightly tipsy wander around Pigalle, where I finally picked up the tacky-but-necessary Eiffel Tower ornament I forgot to buy last time, before spying the Sacré Cœur now all aglow through a gap in the streets and deciding it was a good idea to go back up the butte Montmartre and see it all lit up. Needless to say, we had blisters on our feet after walking almost 21km in a day!

Check out day one of this trip! Day three was a bit different – we day-tripped to a UNESCO World Heritage Site a short train ride outside Paris

 

Montmartre, ParisArtists in Montmartre, ParisAmelie's apartment on Rue des Trois Frères, Montmartre, ParisThe neon lights of Pigalle, Paris, at nightThe neon lights of the Moulin Rouge, Paris, at nightThe Sacre Coeur, Paris, at night

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6 thoughts on “A long weekend in Paris, pt. 2”

  1. Great blog! We are heading to Austria/Strasbourg/Paris end of December, so this has been such a lovely way to see what we can do, and eat! We are not fluent in French, is it an issue making your way through a menu away from a touristy area? And what would you suggest is the must-have item of clothing in Winter in Paris? I looove that red jacket you’re wearing! Thanks Becky. Hi from Australia.

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    1. Hi Delia! I’m glad you’ve found these posts helpful, do let me know if you’ve got any specific questions – I’m not a Paris pro but am happy to recommend places we liked :)

      Almost all menus come in English as well as French and I’ve found it totally untrue that Parisians are unhelpful and pretend not to understand less-than-perfect French, so don’t worry about that at all! They speak great English and appreciate any effort to speak French (even poorly).

      Clothes-wise I’d recommend decent shoes and a proper coat: the weather in Europe is very changeable but winters are generally cold and damp! :)

      p.s. We also went to Strasbourg last year, check out my posts about that lovely little place and a good day trip from there (if you’ve time).

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  2. Oh, how delightful! I really miss Paris, as I used to live there, but I’ve got tickets to go there in April! Also, your lovely photos help!

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