Finally, continuing with my trip to Paris today! On our third morning in Paris, we started the day with a walk by the Eiffel Tower and along the Seine river to the Pont Alexandre III. This bridge is considered by some to be the most beautiful bridge in Paris, and I believe that it surely lives up to its reputation.
We walked until we reached the Orangerie Museum. The Orangerie Museum is home to eight of Monet's waterlilies murals. Monet is my favorite painter, and I have fantasized of sitting in the circular rooms at the Orangerie taking in the beauty of his murals for years. When we walked into the first room of waterlilies, my heart stopped. I could have spent my entire day entirely lost in the beauty of the paintings.
Pulling myself away from Monet, we strolled through the Tuileries Garden towards the Louvre. After standing in the longest line to get into the Louvre, we quickly made our way to see the Mona Lisa (always a little bit of a disappointment). It is so much smaller than you would expect, and there is a mass of people there shoving their way to the front to get pictures of it through the bullet proof glass.
After squeezing out of the Mona Lisa crowd, I went to go find The Madonna of the Rocks (above), Liberty Leading the People, and The Raft of the Medusa. My senior year of high school I was a teacher's assistant for the Humanities teacher and loved her lectures on these paintings. I loved seeing them in person so much more.
Leaving the Louvre a little drained, we headed out to do a little shopping to re-energize. We stopped into a Zara, and I popped into the Goyard store for a little. The Goyard store is so beautiful, and I can't wait to get my hands on one of their bags. I'm obsessed with their green canvas and monograms. After shopping, we tried to get a table at Ferdi for their legendary burgers, but we were not successful. So we wandered around and found another burger place called Zo, and it was to die for! We ended our night watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle. It's always so magical.
We started our fourth morning at the Palace Royale. The courtyard was so picturesque. There were the cutest little french children running around a playing, and their sweet little giggles echoed making the space feel so charming.
After taking some cute pictures we popped into Cafe Kitsune to warm up with lattes.
With warm coffee in our hands, we headed over to the Champs-Élysee shopping for some shopping and brunch. We ate brunch at Laudree. I'm obsessed with their macaroons, but their restaurants are also delicious. I ordered their omelet and I don't think I will every have one any better.
Leaving brunch stuffed and with boxes macaroons in hand, we headed to the 4 story Louis Vuitton store. The store was beautiful and they have the most mesmerizing ceiling on the top floor.
Just before sunset, we took the metro up to Montmartre to watch the sunset on the steps of the Sacré-Coeur. After the sunset, we wandered around through the little streets and window shopped at the stores and found a little place for dinner.
After dinner, we went to find crepes and then back to the hotel for some much needed rest.