We took a red-eye flight getting into Paris mid-day. We made zero plans for the day other than to get settled in our hotel and check out the city. We cashed in some Marriott points and stayed at the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel, just a few blocks from the Tuileries Garden. It was a fantastic location, and we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go in the city. We were welcomed with wine, fruits, and chocolates... I am really going to miss having Platinum status whenever I get downgraded.
We spent the afternoon walking around and stopping in cafés to reading and drink wine. Our first stop was to grab a late lunch at an outdoor café in the Tuileries. Had it been a little bit warmer, we could have hung out in the park all day.
We walked along the Seine River for quite a while, loving the bridges (as usual) and admiring the architecture. It was absolutely gorgeous, even with a somewhat overcast sky.
|Hotel de Ville|
For our first dinner in Paris, we found a very traditional French restaurant, Au Bourguignon du Marais, which was delicious. I got the Beef Bourgignon, which was (as expected) even better than the version we made just a few days before that.
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and walked through the courtyard of the Louvre. So pretty all lit up at night!
It was still pretty early, so even though we were exhausted we forced ourselves to stay up just a little longer to get adjusted to the time difference. We hung out at the pub across the street from our hotel - I think these were our only beers in Paris, after that it was all wine! :)