It's been a whirlwind of a trip, so I thought I'd revisit it. Many have asked for more photos, so here we go!
We lucked into Business Class seats for our journey. I've never flown anything above coach, so this was a pretty cool experience — fully recline-able seats, ridiculous in-flight meals, and a selection of over 500 movies to watch for free during the direct flight to Paris. I managed to squeeze in Foxcatcher, Veloux, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, and The New Girlfriend.
The food was better than anticipated overall, and we even managed to get some rest! Overall, a very nice experience. Here's a rundown of the food we were served:
The final course was dessert comprised of a pair of sorbets (mango and raspberry) and a trio of tasty bites. Overall a pretty nice offering.
On The Ground In Paris
The usual waiting for luggage, etc. and a short taxi ride to our hotel later, and we found ourselves in Paris. We stayed at the Hotel de Londres Eiffel, a wonderful little boutique hotel in the 7th Arrondissement. The staff here is amazing, and the hotel is well located — convenient Metro stops, not too busy neighborhood, and foodie satisfying restaurants right around the corner.
Our first move was to settle in. Once refreshed, we decided to venture out to eat at Cafe Constant — a corner cafe from Michelin recognized Chef Christian Constant. Cafe Constant is actually one of three Constant restaurants in our neighborhood. We wound up eating at two of them multiple times. For our first visit, Dee opted for an amazing curried shrimp and fish and rice dish (not pictured), while I went with a simple chicken and pommes dish. Delicious!
We booked a 7-day tour of Paris through Rick Steves, but that wasn't set to begin for a couple of days. So, we decided to keep things light for our first couple days in Paris. After lunch we strolled to Le Tour Eiffel, walked in le Champ-de-Mars, and visited les jardins du Trocadéro.
Tour Eiffel is absolutely massive up close. Prior to the trip, I could rattle off several things I was excited to do in the city, and Tour Eiffel was lower on the list in a section titled “Things I know we will do, but seem very touristy.” I was left dumbfounded when we first walked under the tower. It's so immense, so intricate…it absolutely has to be seen. We skipped the lines and opted to come back to the tower later for a tour. Instead we took a selfie, and headed over to les jardins du Trocadéro.
It was a particularly hot afternoon, and people were sunning by the fountains. Many were even wading into the water, playing in the sprinkling fountain mist. It was a nice scene, but the effects of travel and jet lag were beginning to take hold, so we decided to call it a day and head home.