Traffic, detours, and a car full of human navigation experts, our drive from Bruges takes longer than expected. We check into our Airbnb and grab a couple of pizzas from a nearby restaurant for dinner as we figure out our sleeping arrangements. As we slowly wander through the long, narrow apartment counting sleeping surfaces, we discover a child’s bed and crib are included in the advertised, sleeps eleven.
We awake early the next morning with eight hours to explore as much of Paris as possible before seeing Jimmy Buffett preform at La Cigale. We begin our tour of Paris with a one hour Vedettes de Paris Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine River. For 15€ per person, we enjoy a glass of champagne while seeing the highlights of Paris with an English speaking guide.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Point Alexandre III
Institut de France
After our cruise we break for lunch at a nearby café, before walking down the world’s most famous shopping avenue, Champs Elyseés, meaning Elysian fields. The avenue runs directly from the Louvre into the Arc de Triomphe on avenue del la Grande Armee. Darting in and out of the high end designer stores, we shop quickly as our eight hours being to dwindle.
Arc de Triomphe
Place de la Concorde
Returning to our Airbnb, we change into our Jimmy Buffett attire. We attract quite a bit of attention in our leis and Hawaiian shirts walking to a restaurant nearby the La Cigale for drinks and dinner before the show. We had not envisioned the crowded streets, beggars, and piles of trash along the sidewalks when we thought of Paris.
Jimmy Buffett at La Cigale
Eiffel Tower at Night
After the concert, we take the metro to view the Eiffel Tower at night.
We stop for a quick dinner before taking the metro back to our Airbnb for a couple hours of sleep before leaving for the metro in the morning. The exhaustion the next day was worth every minute we stood in front of this stunning tower. Au revoir, Paris!