After leaving the Eiffel Tower, we made a quick coffee stop to warm up and eat breakfast. This was by far our coldest day in France, but aside from the cold, it was beautiful! We
got a little lost took the long way to the Arc de Triomphe and got to peek in the windows of some neat shops along our walk. When we finally arrived, it did not disappoint. Like most of the monuments in Paris in the winter (and often during the rest of the year) part of the Arc was covered in scaffolding, but it was stunning nonetheless. It truly is a sight to behold, a huge carved archway that is sitting in the middle of an enormous traffic circle. There is a stunning view down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc.
|This is probably my favorite picture from our trip. I love the |
detail against the bright blue sky!
|My favorite stop on the Champs-Élysées.|
And we couldn't pass up a trip to Ladurée. Ladurée is a famous Parisian tea room. We would have loved to have stayed for tea, but it was very crowded. Instead, we opted for an assorted box of macarons. We saved them until we got back to our hotel and then immediately wished we'd gotten a bigger box! These macarons are amazing! I want to try and recreate them! My favorites were the rose and the pistachio.
|The famous Ladurée|
|From Top to Bottom the flavors are: Chocolate, Rose, Pistachio, |
Vanilla, Lemon and Raspberry.
French food is amazing, but we are Italians at heart. We found a tiny little Italian restaurant tucked in a small street just a block from the Tuileries and decided that a break from French food was much needed. We split an insalata mista and then I had Spaghetti alle vongole and Adam had gnocchi bolognese. It was fantastic and truly probably one of the best meals we had on our trip...like I said, we're Italians at
After our fabulous meal, we headed off to the Louvre. We spent the rest of the afternoon leisurely strolling
with the masses through the Louvre. We took our time visiting the Egyptian, Roman and Etruscan exhibits, the sculptures, and the Denon wing, where we saw hundreds of works from the Italian Renaissance. We had a great time wandering around and seeing all of the beautiful art. I majored in Art History at Wofford, and during our time at Wofford together, Adam and I took an art history class together. Well, we ended up in an art history class together. So we studied Renaissance art together for a semester...we had a blast quizzing each other in the Louvre and finding paintings that we studied together.
|The Pyramid entrance to the Louvre.|