11th March 2015
On our second day of our stay in Paris, we tried to cover as many tourist attractions as we could! As usual, we grabbed our breakfast from the boulangerie nearest from our AirBnB apartment, and it wasn’t surprise that was one of those happy moments from Jon when he was picking his choices of sandwiches/tarts/crumbles for our breakfast.
Our first destination was to Musée du Louvre, and knowing that there would be a huge crowd we decided to wake up early and reach there at about 8am so we could grab photos with as little people in the picture as possible! The moment we saw the iconic glass pyramid structure, Jon and I were a little surprised that it was actually smaller than what we had expected! Jon wasn’t keen on queuing for a few hours and squeeze in the sea of people to catch a small portrait of Mona Lisa, so we didn’t enter the museum. here was already a queue forming to enter the Louvre, so I’d suggest reaching early if you’d want to get to the front of the queue.
We took our time and enjoyed an early Parisian morning stroll along with the locals/tourists at Jardin des Tuileries before making our way to Pont des Arts, also known as the Love Lock Bridge. We knew before hand that the authorities took off the locks to reduce the weight on the bridge as reported on the news, but we can’t help but to feel a little disappointed that so many parts of the bridge was blocked and we couldn’t get any nice photos of the love lock bridge except from some corners. Visited the famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame, bought a few bites from boulangeries, walked along the street where Shakespear & Co. is situated at and of course Le Marais too.
Truth to be told, it was difficult to find (or rather decide) on somewhere to have our meals at because there were quite a few bistros that does not provide english translated menus and we couldn’t even tell if the menu we were looking at was of interest to us. So after rounds of walking around, we decided to settle for lunch at Le Tambour d’Arcole where we had one of the most amazing French Onion Soup! I’m not usually a duck meat person, but Jon’s duck confit was pretty good!
We walked to Céline at Avenue Montaigne and bought my very first luxury bag! Whenever I am shopping for bags, my main criteria would be that it will fit my camera and this does the job as well as looking chic heh. Needless to say, this is my favourite bag to use now!
Even though the both of us enjoys our share of European cuisine, the asian in us will always enjoy an asian food fix. We settled for our dinner at Sanukiya, as recommended by Jolene, for a piping hot bowl of udon which was so comforting! (Then again, any bowl of good asian soup is always comforting to me heh!) When we entered the eatery, we were surprised to see more than half of the patrons were actually Japanese, so we thought this must really be legit for so many of them to flock here – definitely a good reason to give this a place a visit! x