We actually flew all night and arrived in Paris at 8:30am. Thankfully we were able to rest quite a bit after we were served dinner on the plane.
My first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from our shuttle to the hotel. I was squealing with excitement!
We stayed at the Mercure Paris Centre Eiffel Tower Hotel. There are several Mercure hotels in Paris, but ours was the one located LITERALLY next door to the Eiffel Tower. As with most Parisian hotels, the room was on the small side. But, we did have our own private bathroom and it was so, so pretty! The hotel is super modern and clean and we absolutely loved our stay there.
This was taken in the parking lot of our hotel. The Eiffel Tower is RIGHT there!
There's a little cafe right up from the Eiffel Tower and our hotel called Cafe Beaujolais, and they have what we both agreed was the BEST French Onion soup that we tried while in Paris. And, we tried PLENTY. It was literal perfection!
For dessert we also split a Caramel Crepe. This one was very tasty! I also really love a Sucre Crepe (sugar).
Our first day in Paris we did a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower. How gorgeous is this photo?!?!?!?!?! Hard to believe this was snapped with my iPhone, the view is just stunning!
Leslie under the tower <3
Absolutely gorgeous views of Paris from the observation deck!
I bought me and Leslie these funny little wool berets as souvenirs.
When in Paris, one MUST sport a beret, right??
Dress: Adrianna Papell
Cardigan: J Crew
Booties: Vince Camuto
We got all dressed up for dinner to one of my favorite places we visited in Paris, Le Grand Colbert. You may remember hearing about this restaurant before if you watched Something's Gotta Give staring Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves.
I am such a big Diane Keaton fan, I knew whenever I made it to Paris I HAD to go to this restaurant. And I have to say, I am SO glad we did! Everything about our experience there was so lovely!
The atmosphere at the restaurant is just beautiful, the workers are so friendly and eager to help, and the food is just yummy. You can't ask for a better Parisian dinner experience.
We had veal and lamb with rice and mushrooms with cheesy potatoes for our main courses. So tasty!
Let it be said now - guys, our favorite thing that we ate while in Paris the WHOLE entire vacation was probably the French Toast with ice cream from Le Grand Colbert. This stuff is HEAVENLY. Words can't even describe how delicious!!!! If you go please, please promise me you will try this!!!!
Another activity I highly recommend doing is a river cruise down the Seine. So many beautiful sites of Paris!
One of my favorite things to see on the cruise was the Pont Alexandre III bridge. So beautiful!
Cruising under the bridge <3
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre.
And while I am not a huge art fan, I do love seeing famous works of art. I have seen Michelangelo's Pieta as well as his famous sculpture of David, and several other really well known pieces. I was so excited to see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.