Europe,  My Diary

Our First Day in Paris

30th June 2019 - 1st July 2019

On the evening of June 30th, we landed at Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Dillon and I had flown in from the United Kingdom after attending a wedding. As predicted, getting through passport control and collecting our luggage took a far amount of time, so we had arranged to stay at the Ibis in Roisy near the airport and travel into the city the following morning. We woke up on the 1st of July after much needed sleep on a comfortable bed, had a light breakfast, checked out and the ordered an Uber into the city to the Grand Hotel Nouvel Opera (the hotel we were staying in for the week).

And so our honeymoon began...

Traffic into Paris by car was a nightmare, it took us an hour and 20 minutes from the Ibis Hotel to Grand Hotel in Paris. There are many alternatives to a car when travelling from the airport into the city like the train and bus, and the public transport system in Paris is efficient and reliable.

We arrived at our hotel an hour before check in so we dropped our bags off in their bag room and head out for a walk to find lunch. We stumbled on Le Bistrot du Peintre a few blocks away from our hotel - I say stumbled, but it was the only one that served vegetarian options within a few block radius and I was too hungry to walk far for a meal. After lunch, we checked in and sat down to finalise our plans for our week in Paris.

There is so much to do in Paris that deciding on what to do while we were in the city was a lot harder than what we thought it would be. Before travelling to Paris, Dil and I had a few ideas of the things we wanted to see and do - these were the first things that we put down on our list. We then jot down a few more attractions, Googled a few must do's while in the city, and grabbed a bunch of brochures from the Hotel lobby to help us decide what to do. From here, I worked out roughly how much time we would need for each attraction and grouped attractions together based on their location so that we wouldn't have to travel far between attractions.

Place de la Bastille

Even though our morning hadn't been productive in terms of touring the city, we wanted to make the most of our time while in Paris so at around 4:30 in the afternoon we head out for a walk around our hotel. We head in the direction of the Place de la Bastille. The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris where the Bastille prison stood until the storming of the Bastille and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution. Unfortunately, there is no vestige of the prison remains, only a plaque to mark the iconic location.

Place des Vosges

After taking a few pictures, we carried on walking in the direction of Place des Vosges. Paris truly is a beautiful city and we were grateful to have the opportunity to travel here. We used every opportunity to capture the beauty of the city.

 

 

This is the oldest planned square in Paris. It is lined with trees and red brick houses, built by Henri IV in 1612. While here, we did as locals do... Sat on the benches and took in the scene. On a bench behind us was a young gentleman playing guitar, on the bench to our right was a young, very in-love, couple, and the grass covered in picnic blankets and groups of friends enjoying each other's company.

The sun was starting to set and we decided to find somewhere to have dinner. Before we set of on our holiday, I downloaded an app called Happy Cow. Happy Cow is a restaurant locating app for vegetarians and vegans can can be used to locate a restaurant near you. This is how I found our dinner spot, Café Pinson, a cute and petite restaurant hidden in one of the side streets of Marais. If you are in the area I can highly recommend this restaurant! I started off my meal with a bruschetta topped with tomatoes, olives and a vegan cream cheese, and enjoyed a vegan cream tagliatelle dish for my main with a vegan iced frappe. Stuffed and exhausted from travelling, we walked the 2km back home and called it a night...

...ready to explore the next day.

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