On our third day in Paris we spent most of the day shopping and dining.
We started our day off with breakfast at Laduree. We had breakfast in their tea room at their Champs Elysees location. You can read the full blogpost about it here.
|Laduree Paris treats|
After our filling breakfast, we went to the Louis Vuitton store headquarters. We spent quite some time there staring at all of the pretty purses, shoes, and accessories. I mean, after all, it IS 5 stories tall!
|Peonies & Orange Blossoms buys a LV in Paris! Ooh la la!|
We then strolled along the boulevard and eventually climbed up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
Oh, and my Dad told me this story when we were walking along the Champs Elysees. He was there one day in August in the 90s and there were all of these people lined up and there was a finish line... for something. So then all of the sudden this bicyclist comes rushing through and crosses the finish line first and... no one cheered. He thought it was SO ODD, why was no one cheering? Then another crosses, then another. Only to be met with silence. Then all of the sudden, everyone starts yelling and cheering at someone wearing a yellow jersey who was clearly not the first to cross the finish line. And the yellow jersey was the winner!! He thought to himself, what a typical French sport, where the one in front is not the winner. Turns out he was watching the end of the Tour de France!! This was before us Americans really knew about the Tour made famous by Lance Armstrong. How funny!
We then went to the Tuileries. The Tuileries garden was so pretty. The tulips were still blooming, the trees were still blooming, and then the other trees had just put on their green leaves! My friend had gone 10 days before and the trees were just blooming and none of them had leaves! Paris at the end of April is beautiful!
When people ask me, "What is your favorite thing to do in Paris?" My answer is not "visit the Eiffel" or do other touristy things, it is instead: Pick up a pastry at Angelina's and walk over to the Tuileries and have a little picnic and eat it. The gardens are so beautiful and it is so much fun to just people watch. It's really about just enjoying life. Isn't that what vacation is about?
|okay, not a pastry from Angelina's but from Laduree. Angelina's didn't last long enough for a picture!|
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