Paris: Day 1 and 2

The first day we woke up and headed to Chambourcy. We were at first going to stay/sleep there because I have family there but some other friends of ours have this apartment at the heart of Paris and we ended up staying there.

We headed to Chambourcy and spent the whole day with my cousin and her kids. We played monopoly with the kids, which already takes half of your day, had Raclette for lunch, went to this wine store called Le Monde du Vin and bought a couple of wines, walked around the neighborhood which is adorable, and before we left we had dinner at Hippopotamus, this french chain with them.

On the second day, we woke up, had breakfast at home and headed to Marais. First we stopped by at the La Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse or Chapel of our Lady of the Miraculous Medal because my mom really likes this church. It is a church where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830 and requested the creation of the medal which came to be known as the Miraculous Medal. It is also the mother house of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.

After we headed to Le Bon Marche to eat some sweets and to walk around the stores. It is a quite expensive store chain but it’s beautiful inside, so it’s worth to take a look at.


After we headed to La Cave Riche Gauche to buy some wine. Everytime my dad goes to Paris he goes to this store to buy some wine. Florian, one of the guys that works at the store is a very nice guy and knows everything about french wine. I asked him some suggestions and he explained everything to me and helped me out to choose my wines. They also bring everything you bought directly to your hotel or home/apartment, in case you buy a lot of wines like we did, of course. So I definitely recommend this place if you are willing to buy some good wine for a good price.

Then we finally went to Marais to eat lunch and to walk around this lovely neighborhood full of restaurants and stores. Our metro stop was Hôtel de Ville, where is located the building housing the city’s local administration. Standing on the place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in the 4th arrondissement, it has been the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It serves multiple functions, housing the local administration, the Mayor of Paris (since 1977), and also serves as a venue for large receptions. It is a very beautiful city landmark.


We finally stopped by at Restaurant Le Trésor to eat some lunch and while we are eating lunch my parents met some friends walking down the street. We talked a little and decided to walk around the area. We headed to L’éclair de Genie for some dessert because we heard it was really good but we ended up a bit frustrated. The famous éclair was ok. Nothing special about it.

So my dad was a bit tired and asked if we wanted to head back to the house. I said, ok, but let’s walk this time. I checked on google maps and it said that to walk back was going to take us around 1 hour. My dad was not really excited about it but we ended up walking back home.

It was good because we could enjoy watching the city lights at night and ended stopping by Le Louvre for some pictures.


We finally got home and ended up eating some bread / salmon / cheese and drinking some wine to relax a bit.

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