Paris in 2 Days: Part 1

Oh Paris. What a love-hate relationship we turned out to have. I hate that your borders are not secure; that I found myself constantly looking over my shoulder due to the increased anti-Semitic attacks, and that worker strikes could happen at a drop of the hat. But I will admit that you are a city of beauty. Just not a city I would choose to live in.

Helpful Hint: Be prepared for possible delays at the Eiffel Tower.

View from atop the Eiffel Tower

View from atop the Eiffel Tower

We stayed at the W Paris where we found ourselves in a lovely room with a mediocre view. We arrived in Paris exhausted but being travel champions we showered and washed away the fatigue and desire to collapse in bed. We headed out to Easy Pass Tours to catch our tour of the Eiffel Tower, only to find out that the Eiffel Tower workers were on strike…just because. Our tour guide, an Irishman, gave a spectacular overview. Even while we waited for the Eiffel Tower to open, the Irishman provided us with a wealth of knowledge and entertainment. Your ticket from Easy Pass Tours allows you to skip the line – so it’s an added bonus on top of getting a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower. Finally, we were allowed up after an hour wait and we bypassed the line with ease. The Eiffel Tower is probably akin to the Statue of Liberty – if you live in New York, you’ve probably never been up. But being a tourist, you just have to go.

On top of the Eiffel Tower

After the Eiffel Tower we went to Las du Fallafel, the highest rated falafel place in Paris. For the high ratings it received, we found it to be subpar. The place was packed, the service was good and the food was okay. We were ravenous enough that we didn’t care – but unbeknownst to us we would experience a true artisanal meal the next day.

The husband always ensuring that we include some adventure-fueled-escapade had us on our way to Dream On Board, where you can drive ridiculously expensive cars in Paris. I was holding on to the backseat for dear life. But he enjoyed it, as you can tell from the video below.

On our way to the Louvre Museum we found ourselves exhausted so we stopped at an off the road cafe called Café de L’Industrie for several espresso pick-me-ups. And then flipping 180 degrees we were off to a private tour of the Louvre Museum with Muse. While the tour was informative albeit somewhat dry, in the end we both agreed that we would have been better off listening to Rick Steve’s Louvre audio tour. The Louvre is beautiful and crowded, especially around the Mona Lisa. So prepared to fight your way in to see her – is she smiling? Is she frowning? We’ll never truly know.

Helpful Hint: Make sure to download Rick Steve’s Louvre audio tour before arriving to the Louvre. You’ll also want to download a map & the places you’d like to visit in the museum.

In front of the Louvre

Having fun in the Louvre

Posing in front of the The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Helpful Hint: Check out additional suggestions in our Paris Itinerary!

The Louvre dome

To wrap up the evening we went to dinner at Kavod. It was delicious all around but nothing compared to tomorrow’s eye opener into the world of fine dining.

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