Paris night one started at FORMATICUS cheese bar around the corner from our Airbnb in Batignolles with the most delicious variety of goat, cow and sheep’s milk cheeses for dinner street side. Next we climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe around 9:45 to catch the end of the sunset and see the Eiffel Tower sparkle (at 10pm) as the city lights came on all around.
Day two was equal parts tourist and foodie. We went straight to the catacombs in the morning. Tip: grab a coffee and delicious butter croissants & spinach/chèvre quiche from Bonjour Bakery down the street during the two hour wait in line. We headed underground to the display of six million human bones (which I found equal parts creepy and interesting). From there we taxied to what was the best food of the weekend: the lunch menu at Invictus.
Everything was well buttered and made me very happy to be alive and tasting such amazing things. Next up was a wander through the Musée d’Orsay then some canal-side beers with old and new friends from Paris and Montana.
Wandering around the Louvre on our second night was amazing. It was a Sunday around 11 pm and there were very few people around. The lights and the contrast of old and new architecture, the hype that lingers behind the millions of tourists from all over the world who come to stand in this place, it was romantic, it was moving. (The tourist photos grabbing the top of the pyramid did not turn out).
On our final day in we kept the itinerary fairly simple. After a walking tour in the morning (my guilty tourist pleasure) we took a break mid day and around 9pm we grabbed some crackers and raw milk cheese and a little bottle of D.O. Champagne and hit a river cruise at 10pm just as the Eiffel Tour sparkles and the city lights were coming on.
This experience was incredible and something I recommend wholeheartedly. Don’t forget to wear your blanket scarf because you’ll want to sit on the rooftop deck and once the sun goes down it gets a bit chilly. Incredible ending to the trip. Can’t wait to return to this city.