As we woke on Sunday it was pouring with rain but we had Paris at our feet, and 24 hours left.
We opted out of touring the Louvre and headed straight to the Musee de l’Orangerie. It is hidden inside the Tuilerie gardens close to Place de la Concorde and I absolutely love their floor dedicated to Monet’s waterlilies. These canvases are so enormous that you will need to sit down for a while just to fully appreciate the details. On the second floor of the museum is a small range of rare artworks from Picasso to Matisse, as well as a seasonal exhibition. After two hours inside the museum we walked up the Champs Elysees towards the Arc du Triomphe. My friend Gemma had heard that the view on top of the Arc was not only better than the Eiffel Tower, it was also far less crowded. Even though I’ve lived in Paris, climbing to the top of the Arc du Triomphe was a first for me and I’ve got to say I loved it. The views were stunning and you even get to have the Eiffel Tower behind you. After we caught our breath on top of the Arc (ladies you better be fit or keen to develop those butt muscles), we walked down to the Eiffel Tower. As we crossed the river the sun started shining for the first time and suddenly Paris became like it is in the movies. Birds singing, children playing, tourists being ridiculous. Just as you imagine Paris in Summer!One thing that you must tick off your list of things to do in Paris is go to a Patisserie and order everything in sight. Between two people we ordered five desserts and proceeded to find the closest park so we could devour them all. Our first course were the lemon tarts, which had a creamy and not too bitter filling. Followed quickly by a white chocolate mousse with raspberry sponge. I honestly have no idea how a lady ought to eat this without cutlery so I just unhinged my jaw like a snake and went for it.Busted! It was absolutely worth all the mess I made- flavour savers for the train ride back in my opinion. I really think that if you are going to do Paris in 24 hours then this is the best itinerary for you:
- Musee de l’Orangerie
- Champs d’Elysee
- Arc du Triomphe
- Eiffel Tower
- Patisserie Julien
If you don’t take the train around Paris it does mean that you’ll be doing a fair bit of walking but I feel that only justifies the need to order a third dessert even more.
Please share with me your favourite places to eat, shop and be a tourist in Paris.