This was my second trip to Paris, but I felt “at home” there this time right away. Perhaps it’s because we spent a majority of 2016 in Europe, but while walking the streets of Paris I kept thinking to myself how much I felt one with the city and its culture as if I had already been there many times before.
My husband has been to Paris more than me, and with our last trip there being so short, we were finally able to see more of what we were hoping to last time. So one morning, after breakfast at Angelina’s, we hopped on the metro (we prefer subways over taxis) north to explore a new part of the city I had not seen before.
Tor’s favorite neighborhood in Paris is Montmartre (mine is a tie between Montmartre and Le Marais). To him, it feels like the quintessential quarter of Paris. He wasn’t wrong – it still has cobble stone streets, hipster coffee shops (Tor’s favorite discoveries), and plazas filled with artists painting the architecture of the neighborhood. After visiting the famous Sacré-Cœur, we enjoyed a bird’s eye view of Paris before indulging in delicious crêpes (caramel and chantilly cream for me, ham and egg for Tor) at locals’ favorite Crêperie Brocéliande (where I proceeded to have a meltdown over an adorable, little blonde French girl enjoying crêpes with her dad) and a coffee (hot cocoa for me) at Cuillier.
The rain was still coming down, but we refused to let it damper on our day (pun intended). We hopped aboard the Metro and headed towards Paris’ most iconic landmark – the Eiffel Tower. We had enjoyed dinner with all of our friends (yep, all 20 of us) at the top of the Eiffel Tower on our first night in town, but we had yet to admire it in the daytime. Even in the rain, the Eiffel Tower is still majestic.