We had a long lie for the first time in about 4 months. I woke up at 7.30am and Leo not until 9am – how dreamy! I reckon after walking the city yesterday, our bodies were kindly telling us to fuck off if we even thought about getting up early. On the road by 10.30am we planned the Louvre, a creperie that I have read/drooled over for a while and then hopefully meeting Leo’s family in Paris for a catch up.
Day 2 of transport in a new city is always way easier so getting into town was a breeze this time. Our first stop (after I inhaled a gigantic coffee) was the Louvre. Instead of a 5km walk we opted for the Metro, taking about 10 minutes and much more convenient than walking. To my bloody despair, upon arrival I realized I hadn’t charged my GoPro though, so I was one unhappy bunny. Regardless, the few snaps we took on the phones were still fantastic as despite the trillions of other tourists the site and gallery are truly spectacular, and I found myself completely immersed in the beautiful architecture.
My goodness though today is hot. Yesterday was hot as we hadn’t been in temps over about 12 degrees in 3 weeks but today is burny skin hot.
However, that wasn’t going to stop us and our mission to get to Au P’Tit Crepe – located South of the Siene and about 3kms from Notre Dam (which we passed with sadness and regret that I never witnessed it in it’s glory days) . Now, I had read about this creperie on Buzzfeed, I know, it’s very millennial of me but I decided it was on my Paris bucket list, so I made Leo trek after me for quite a large walk to find it.
The crepes for 1 are the biggest I have ever seen as was the queue in the melting hot sun outside. After getting Leo a wee table in the shade, I waited patiently in line and 30minutes later I was attempting in my best French to order us 2 deliciously large, filled with goodness crepes. For $6Euro each we could have easily shared but with that price we wanted to try 2 different kinds and my good god they were worth it. So delicious, filled with cheese and Parma ham, salad and seasoning, I have to say I was in HEAVEN.
Be prepared to queue as its never quiet here but 100% recommend! We both unfortunately never managed to finish them as when you are profusely sweating it kinda makes the hunger disappear so after a strong attempt from both of us, we felt physically ill and gave up.
Next stop was the gardens of Luxembourg which after arriving I realised is how every public gardens should look – impeccable, beautifully coloured and well maintained. Truly worth a visit and there are a lot of places to stop with a picnic which looked fab as well. It’s 3pm by this point and we are exhausted, so after the ‘lets go for a beer’ look, we headed back to the Siene to go to Fluctuart again. On the way we stopped at this amazing little bar Mozza and Co, to watch the long boarders and with Peroni for 4.50EURO we decided this would be perfect for the afternoon.
Leo’s family came to meet us here which was a win, as we know how to get home from this location and it meant no fucking around on trains like last night. I know it meant a lot to him as well to see him family in Paris so it was a great way to finish what can only be described as a wicked weekend in Paris. 57000steps we walked in 2 days, and only spent $130Euro which to us was a pretty good budget.
Tomorrow, we hop on an early morning train South to Nimes, to grab our car and head off the Uzes for the start of a new adventure – Housesitting! Stay tuned and wish us luck!
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!