Lindsay and Dean’s European Vacation Part 2 – Paris

Lindsay and Dean’s European Vacation Part 2 – Paris

There are very few reasons why I will willingly get up at 4:30 AM, and travelling to Paris is about the only one.  We had a 7AM train to catch and thankfully, the train ride is only a couple of hours long.

Off to Paris we go
Off to Paris we go

We arrived in Paris, caught a cab and checked in at our apartment/hotel.  The last time we stayed in Paris, we stayed near the Effile Tower so this time we chose to stay near my favourite place in Paris, L’Opera De Charles Garnier.  If you know anything about me, you will know that I have a serious love of Phantom of the Opera and this was the famous opera house where the story “took place”.

The famous staircase
The famous staircase
It's so stunning
It’s so stunning
The roof inside the opera house
The roof inside the opera house

The opera house is hands down one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in.  It’s the one place where I will gladly return to every time I’m in Paris.

Even the outside is stunning
Even the outside is stunning

One thing we noticed right away was how much more security there was in the city compared to when we were there three years prior.  We would constantly see police and and military members with their guns on them all the time.  We also had bags searched at a lot of places we went.  As someone from Canada, we don’t see this constant level of highly visable security so it was a bit of a shock to see at first.  Because of that, we did feel completely safe at all times.

That night, we were able to meet up with a cousin of mine who lives in Paris and who I have not seen since a family reunion back in Shaunavon back in 2008.  We ate and drank lots of wine and then he showed us around the Montmartre area, including the beautiful Sacre Coeur.

Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Monmatre at night
Montmarte at night

The next day, Dean and I attempted to workout in the hotel’s gym.  The gym consisted of a rower, step machine and recumbent bike.  That was it!  There were no weights at all!  So I went on the rower, Dean on the bike and I attempted to do some intervals.

One of my biggest fears and issues I had travelling was taking three weeks off of structured training on the bike.  It was Dean who reminded me that it would be a good thing as my biggest race is not until the end of September and I want to be in peak form for the Canadian National Track Cycling Championships.  In the past, I’ve gone too hard too early was burnt out by August (like most cyclists in Alberta are…..) so the time off would give my body and mind some time to recover and relax.

With the workout over, we headed out for lunch and a little shopping (ok, maybe too much for me especially after the trip to Hermes).  Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for our big night!

Dean had booked us to have a riverboat tour and supper.  It was amazing!

Dean deciding what have for supper. There were many outstanding choices.
Dean deciding what have for supper. There were many outstanding choices.
Good thing the boat was covered as it rained the entire time
Good thing the boat was covered as it rained the entire time
The most famous landmark in the world
The most famous landmark in the world

Then after supper, we made our way to a show at The Moulin Rouge (also one of my favourite movies of all time).

An absolute highlight of the trip for me!
An absolute highlight of the trip for me!
While it's nothing like the movie, it was still pretty cool to finally go to a show there and enjoy a bottle of champagne!
While it’s nothing like the movie, it was still pretty cool to finally go to a show there and enjoy a bottle of champagne!

The next day, we made our way to the Louvre.  We had been there the last time we were in Paris but we kind of rushed a lot of things as we went in the afternoon and it was so busy.  This time, we arrived around 10AM and made our way through as many exhibits as we could.

Just outside the Louvre
Just outside the Louvre
The Coronation of Napoleon is still hands down my favourite (yes, even above the Mona Lisa)
The Coronation of Napoleon is still hands down my favourite (yes, even above the Mona Lisa)

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After, we walked around the Champs Élysées for the rest of the day and hit up Laduree for their world famous macarons.

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The next day, I decided to head out for a run (full confession: I have not ran since LA back in November).  As sore as I was, it was 100% worth it!

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I could think of worse places to run
I could think of worse places to run

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We then walked over to the Musee d’Orsay as we did not get to it last time.  I actually liked it better the the Louvre!

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The Starry Night - Van Gogh
The Starry Night – Van Gogh

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (personally, my favourite artist)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (personally, my favourite artist)

After visiting the museum, we took a stroll over Notre-Dame Cathedral for a bit.

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As we were approaching our final night in Paris, we went back to a restaurant right outside the opera house that we discovered last time, Cafe de la Paix.  So I put on one of my pair of Louboutin heels and out we went.  We had an amazing bottle of red (as at this point we had been drinking every single day since we landed in London), an amazing supper and an outstanding dessert.

The outstanding Mille-feuille vanille
The outstanding Mille-feuille vanille

I was sad that we would be leaving a city I love and not sure when we will be back.  The days we were there went by way too fast.  Before we knew it, we were packing up and ready to head to our next destination. Prague.  We made our way to the train station early Friday morning to catch the train that would take us to Manheim, Germany where we were in for a huge surprise.  Check back tomorrow to hear about our journey to Prague and our time in what may now be one of my favourite cities.

Until next time Paris
Until next time Paris

Au revoir!

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