Europe 2016 - Flaner à Paris

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Paris. 

We had the most wonderful time with three friends. I could have easily lived in those three days forever. 

I suppose the only place to start is the beginning.

We met my friend Sarah, who had flown in from Berlin at Gare de Lyon, arriving from Nîmes via TGV. After paying an exorbitant amount for a taxi, we arrived to our beautiful, beautiful hotel. Hotel Henriette. 

It was love at first sight when I saw her on Booking.com. And Henriette lived up to the photographs - she was perfect and we were in heaven as we checked in early and squeezed into the little lift up to the top floor. 

After a quick refresh, we decided the best way to get to know Paris was to walk it. So we walked. 

 

After a long walk, and peruse through Shakespeare Book Company, we were trés faim! After all it was 3pm.

We found a gorgeous, simple, quirky restaurant to eat at just around the corner from the book shop and ordered our favourite french fare. Snails, Steak Frites (with blue cheese sauce!) and I took the opportunity to test out un Kir, a drink my french tutor told me I had to try.

We then visited (the outside of) Notre Dame and slowly meandered home.

 

On the second day, we were expecting the arrival of more friends! Beatrice & Jake. While we waited for them to freshen up after their early flight and meet us for lunch we visited Musee D'orsay. 

For lunch we had even more snails, more wine, some beautiful gnocchi and Jean had "the best burger ever" in yet another beautiful french restaurant. 

We then decided we would walk to the Tour Eiffel... With a Police strike occurring that afternoon, we took a maze through the streets, turning back at many barricades, however eventually making our way there. En route, we crossed a patisserie and indulgently devoured our purchases on the grass beneath the tower. 

Our room was on the top level of Hotel Henriette, giving us a most magnificent rooftop view... That night we had yet another amazing meal and more wine, and so much fun, I would happily return to those few days for the rest of my life!