Our honeymoon to Versailles & Paris (part 2):
We started our Parisian adventure in Versailles, touring the Palace and walking through the beautiful gardens. If you love nature, the beautiful flowers and well-manicured gardens of Versailles are a must; the palace is the most opulent imaginable. Our hotel, Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria, is a stunning property; located right on the Versailles Palace Gardens. The hotel is so luxurious in a classic scene and the staff is world class. The breakfast is extraordinary and the Gordon Ramsey Restaurant is superb. Make sure you ask to stay in the main hotel not the pavilion; you will miss out on the 19th century charm. Next, we made our way into Paris and checked in at our funky hotel called Hotel Thoumieux; it has a real seventies look to it. I was obsessed with the hotel rooms interior and pops of color. The Thoumieux restaurant is one of the top rated places to dine and it was divine. They also have their own patisserie located across the street with lots of sweet treats. Paris is known for romantic picnics under the Eiffel Tower and getting lost while strolling down charming little streets. It also has some of the best cuisines and deserts; which I was very focused on. I love visiting new places and trying as much of the local food as possible; the wedding diet was officially out the window. If you are going to be visiting Paris for the first time and want to stray away from some of the more touristy sights here is a list of things to do that both Philip and I really enjoyed.
- Rent bikes to get around; there are bike rentals on almost every corner and the first 30 minutes are free so we would bike a few blocks and then return the bikes and it was free. Great way to save money.
- Shop around Saint Germain where there are lots of designer shops and great restaurants. If you are a handbag lover like me visit Goyard on Rur Saint Honore; they only have this brand in the states in New York and a few others. Rue Cler is another great area to stroll through for a place to enjoy a glass of wine.
- Have tea and macaroons at the infamous Laduree.
- Buy wine, cheese and a baguette to have a romantic picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Every night at 10:00 PM the lights on the Eiffel go off for 5 minutes; it’s really magical to see.
- Make reservations to eat lunch or have drinks at La Terrasse De L’hotel Raphael. Their beautiful rooftop has an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.
- Order crepes at Carette; go early in the morning it gets pretty crowded.
- Walk through the gardens of Luxembourg; relax while taking in the scenery and gorgeous flowers.
- Get lost!