Day Three of our Paris trip might, in fact, be my favorite day. We got to experience a colorful, and different side to the city by traveling a little bit off the beaten path.
We started off the morning on the Champs Elysees by the Arc de Triomphe with a little morning pick me up at Laduree. I had to make sure to eat a French croissant in France, guys. And let me tell you one thing about the Arc de Triomphe – do not try to cross the street. In fact, don’t even get in a cab to drive around the thing if you are weak in the stomach. There are no lanes. Cars are just flying about at all speeds.
After walking around the Champs Elysees and checking out all of the stores in the 8th arrondissement, we had planned a little trip for lunch by the St. Martin canal in the 10th. Pink Flamingo Pizza is this cute, little hole-in-the-wall pizza place. You walk up and order your pizza, they give you a pink balloon and then deliver your food by bicycle, so you can picnic around the canal. Y’all. The BEST pizza. We got two – one was fig and goat cheese with proscuitto (my fave) and one with eggplant and hummus. Can you imagine – a pizza and rosé picnic with macarons for dessert. I would do anything to go back to that. Exploring that little area around the 10th reminded us a lot of being in Brooklyn. Think quirky shopping and street art.
From there, we got a cab to the 18th to see the Sacre Coeur and good thing, because walking uphill to the basilica – the highest point in the city – was pretty much not happening. The 18th gets pretty hilly with the cutest little market places leading up to the Sacre Coeur. Lots of artists stands and shops in the surrounding area – only regret of the trip was not seeing more of that little market place. But the Sacre Coeur itself was gorgeous and well worth the trip up there!
From there, we quickly went back to the room to change because we had a date with the Eiffel Tower. Well, the Eiffel Tower and a champagne river cruise on the Seine River – highly, highly recommend! We sipped different varietals and learned a little bit about the champagne process, but also got amazing views from the river. The cruise docked right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower which is where we went directly afterwards. Followed by dinner overlooking the tower at night – but more on that in my post about our Paris nights!
Check back next Monday for the fourth and final (tear) of our Paris Day recaps!