Last day in Paris, official “I don’t wanna leave day” and the unique day with a partially sunny weather. But let’s start with the itinerary.
Day 3 – Morning: Tour Eiffel and Musée de l’Armée
The sun was shining and I decided to give it another try to the Musée d’Orsay, so we got there at breakfast time searching for a good patisserie.
Not far from the Musée d’Orsay, in the Saint Germain quarter, there’s the Ladurée Paris Bonaparte patisserie. The brand Ladurée itself is guarantee of quality, but in this case the little lounge upstairs it’s a plus. A beautiful blu tea room, where you feel in another age. We had the Pain au Chocolat and the Chausson aux Pommes, both excellent.
Address: 21 Rue Bonaparte Website: www.laduree.fr/laduree-paris-bonaparte
After breakfast, we discovered that the Musée d’Orsay on Monday is closed, so we decided to go to the Champ de Mars to see the Tour Eiffel from a new prospective. I couldn’t belive that weather was so beautiful, we had a little beautiful walk around the park, and discovered that Paris is even more beautiful with the sun.
We procede to the Hôtel des Invalides, and once we were in front of the gate we look at each other and: why not to go in?
It was really a surprise and one of the most interesting things in Paris, in fact the historical structure hosts the Musée d’Armée, that even if frequently is not cited in the guides totally worth a visit, and the Dôme des Invalides, with its amazing dome that overlooks the Napoleon’s tomb.
After the visit, I remembered about another one of my “where to eat in Paris” places, and, considering that the one of the second day had been an amazing surprise, I decided to go for another one of my list.
The As du Falafel, located in the Le Marais quartier, is for many people “the best Falafels in Paris”, and I can assure that they had been among the best falafels of my life.
We had the Falafel Special: the famous falafels, mixed salad, hummus, grilled aubergines and sauces (also the spicy one if you want). A very cheap and satisfying lunch.
The offer both the take away and the eat in service, but for the last one there was a long long line.
Address: 34, Rue des Rosiers Instagram: L’As du Falafel
Day 3 – Afternoon: Le Marais, Centre Pompidou and Montmartre
We ate our Falafel Special on a bench not far from the As, completely lost in the beauty of the Marais: the smells, the colors, the little shops, in this quartier there’s the Parisian magic. Every spot is amazing and unique.
Without even realizing it, we walked to the Centre Pompidou and, after a Starbucks and some photos, we decided to conclude our day in Montmartre.
We started our “climb” from Rue Lepic, next to the famous Moulin Rouge, walking along amazing streets full of art and history.
At the 54 Rue Lepic you can find the apartment where Vincent Can Gogh lived with his brother during the Parisian Period. From that window he painted some of the masterpieces that portrait Paris.
On the same street there’s the Moulin de la Galette, historical local, that, with its outdoor dancefloor, is the background of one of my favourite paintings: Bal au moulin de la Galette by Renoir.
Proceeding along Rue Lepic and than turning in Rue Norvins, you get to Place du Tertre, famous painters’ meeting point, and than to the basilique du Sacré-Cœur.
The second storm of the trip started precisely at the time we arrived in front of the cathedral, so, unfortunately, we couldn’t go on the top of the dome, to enjoy the view on the city.
We admired the beauty of Paris from the top of the hill, and there, under the rain, we said goodbye to the city of love, with the promise of going back soon.
…you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.”