Paris Day 2

The second day in Paris we woke up slightly more accustomed to the time change and ready to really dive headfirst into the Parisian scene. The sun came out and things just seemed bigger and brighter and ready for us. Our first stop of the day was the louvre and it was also our first experience on the Paris metro. As someone who gets so lost on the DC metro that strangers stop to ask me if I need directions I can tell you it was insanely easy and made us feel like true Parisians. We were meeting up with my friend Christa and her husband Nathan who moved to Germany a couple years back. They took a bus in that morning and we were able to spend the day with them having breakfast and walking around! 

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We took a quick tour around the pyramids outside and considering the lines to get inside were getting pretty long and it would be a cold wait out there we opted to grab a quick breakfast and then explore the city. 

We wanted to head over to Palais Royale and Les Deux Plateaux the installation by Daniel Buren. Right when we arrived it started to rain so we took cover and chatted about weddings and photography and all sorts of things while catching up. Just as it started to clear we also discovered an air vent blowing hot air out onto the terrace so we huddled up against it to defrost and took turns taking pictures! 

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Bethanne Arthur

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Bethanne Arthur

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Bethanne Arthur 

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The gardens at Palais Royale were still quite impressive even considering that it was the dead of winter. Christa and Nathan even got a little mini impromptu anniversary shoot

 Bethanne Arthur 

Bethanne Arthur 

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 There was even a dog wearing a rain coat here and I was able to use my line "Puis caresser votre chien" 

There was even a dog wearing a rain coat here and I was able to use my line "Puis caresser votre chien" 

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Afterwards we walked along the Seine and stopped for crepes as the sun went down and it started to ice! 

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We had planned on walking over to Angelinas for hot chocolate but the lines were crazy long! So instead we headed over to what was a hell of a consolation prize - Laduree. It was like Charlie stepping into the chocolate factory! 

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We got a little bit of everything and stepped outside only to discover that Louis Vuitton was right next door. Apparently perfect timing so we headed over and did a little shopping while admiring all of the beautiful, exclusive pieces of specialty LV furniture that were 1 out of 10 in the entire world. My dream is to one day own a Louis trunk, as someone who has a collection of antique steamer trunks already it would be the crowning jewel of my collection 

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After a day of walking, shopping, eating, and sipping espresso we headed back to the hotel for a quick drop-off of our new goods, a few macarons and then off to dinner with Christa & Nathan and Patrick & Katie! 

We met up at the restaurant Bonvivant. It turns out because we had a bigger group (And Quinn and Ripken!!!!) We got their private wine room all to ourselves! 

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After stuffing ourselves full we said goodbye and headed off to bed while our Uber driver cursed and sped through traffic and exasperatedly complained to us about Parisian drivers. We just nodded and smiled and pretended to be frustrated along with him. 

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