We slept in and enjoyed our very comfortable and warm beds on our first night in Paris. Who doesn’t love Paris in the morning?
We enjoyed a casual breakfast at the hotel before tackling the day. Our breakfast included an assortment of delicious house-made breads, including chocolate croissants.
Friends, I dream about croissants like this. So dreamy, so flaky, so delicious. Because of my status with Starwood, we were entitled to two continental breakfasts courtesy of the hotel. We ended up eating that (breads, juices and coffee) and ordering a few egg dishes and a fruit plate to round out our meals.
Afterwards, we made our way to the La Petit Palais. Although there was a very long line of folks waiting out in the cold to buy tickets, we were able to jump the line because we had a baby. Don’t you just love the French?
Once inside, we did some looking around before heading into the Baccarat exhibit.
If you aren’t familiar with it, Baccarat is a fine crystal house that is celebrating its 250th birthday this year. The exhibit was gorgeous – truly breathtaking.
This was hands down my favorite piece – an art deco masterpiece.
Naturally, I left with a strong desire to buy crystal stemware and chandeliers.
Afterwards, we walked down the street to the L’Hôtel national des Invalides.
We visited in 2011, but didn’t have a chance to see everything we wanted. This time, we made sure to see Napoleons Tomb, the Cathédrale Saint-Louis-des-Invalides and the Musée de l’Armée.
We took a long walk after we left the Museum and made our way back to our hotel for a very late lunch.
After we all freshened up, we hit the streets for a bit of shopping. John surprised me with a quick trip to the Louis Vuitton store around the corner from our hotel. I thought we were just there to look around the flagship store, but John had other plans and purchased a new bag for me that I have been lusting after. Lucky me!
After our shopping adventures, we returned to the hotel for George’s afternoon nap-time. While traveling, George took a morning (or first nap) nap in his stroller while we were out and about (this nap was usually 45 to 90 minutes long). For his second nap (in the afternoon) we always returned to the room (this nap was usually 2.5 to 3 hours long).
Once George woke up, we made our way to Cafe Andre for dinner. The restaurant is a typical French brassiere with standard French fare and was within walking distance from our hotel. We ordered a child’s plate for George that included a small chopped steak and a serving of (butter-rific) mashed potatoes. I had the onion soup and the Quiche Lorraine. The soup was excellent, but I didn’t really care for the Quiche (it was very cheesy and had an unusual consistently — I have texture issues!). John really enjoyed his Chateaubriand and salad. For dessert, George devoured his chocolate ice cream and we loved our profiteroles. Because the restaurant is really small (like most restaurants in Paris), we carried George over and left the stroller at our hotel.
Since we were in the mood for a stroll after dinner, we picked up the stroller at the hotel and walked down to the Seine for a view of the Eiffel Tower. We walked for about an hour and it was glorious — cool air, great scenery and lots of people-watching.
Afterwards, it was time for showers and bed.