Our second day in Paris had a bit of a later start. We didn’t leave our Airbnb until around 9:30 and we arrived right outside the cathedral of Notre Dame. My mom and I were both hungry and we stopped at a café named after Esmeralda (probably really touristy especially if you have seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame). We dined on coffee, omelets and fancy salad!
After our breakfast/brunch we walked a block to Notre Dame and entered for free and got an audio tour. It was a very beautiful church and it was interesting to learn that it is the most visited site in France!
After the church we walked around the river Seine once again and bought a few pieces of art to take home. A funny story is that my mom turned to me at one point and said “I need sugar!”. We walked past a crepe stand and mom and I treated ourselves to nutella and sugar crepes and they were delicious.
We continued our walk to the gardens of Luxembourg and found a sunny area to sit and rest for a bit. It felt really nice being in the sun because our first few days in Paris were colder.
After our break we walked a few blocks over to the Musee d’Orsay which was the museum that had been closed the day before but this time we paid and passed through security quickly. We went straight to the impressionist period and got to view the beautiful works of Monet, Manet and Renoire.
After the impressionist section, we stopped at the café in the museum for a cup of tea which was quite lovely.
We had already spent an hour and a half in the museum and after our tea, realized the museum was closing in 30 minutes! We quickly rushed to the Van Gogh section and got to admire his works. After, we browsed some more magnificent but lesser known pieces before heading out.
After we exited the museum, I noticed a street artist cutting out profiles of people on the spot. I paid 3 Euros and he spent 2 minutes cutting out the shape of my profile. The end result was pretty amazing as you can see from the pictures below.
Afterwards, my mom and I walked around a little while searching for a place to eat dinner. We were both running pretty low on energy levels and somehow walked back to the Eiffel tower area in very little time.
By some miracle, we stumbled upon a restaurant with more authentic french cuisine and we treated ourselves to an amazing dinner, complete with wine, duck, beef and chocolate cake dessert.
After splitting the bottle of wine and paying the bill we walked a few blocks to the Eiffel tower and were able to take a few pictures as the sun set and watch the tower light up and sparkle (which it does for the first 5 minutes of every hour).
By the end of the night we were both feeling very fulfilled but exhausted. We walked back to the restaurant to get wifi and called an Uber home.
Worry less and smile more.