A Romantic Getaway: Falling in Love with Paris in Just Three Days

Paris is such a magical place for a romantic getaway: the gorgeous structures, manicured gardens, the laid back atmosphere, and of course the flowing champagne! 

As I talked about in my two previous posts here and here, we stayed in Paris for three nights on our way home from our honeymoon and it was such a delight! We both have never been to Paris before, so experiencing this amazing city together for the first time was a dream. We decided this was going to be our “relaxing” part of the trip as we just came from doing every major thing there is to do in Rome and we wanted to wind down and just relax.

Paris is a place you can go back multiple times and experience new things every time, so I wasn’t worried about seeing everything as I know we will go back someday.

Day 1: An early start and a wonderful surprise

With a VERY early morning flight from Rome and one connection in Germany, WE ARE FINALLY HERE! Baguettes and champagne here we come!

We decided to be adventurous and take the train to get to our hotel instead of spending 50-60 for a cab. With our dependence on Siri to tell us how to get everywhere basically all of our adult lives, this sadly was going to be a challenge. As delirious as we were, we thought this was a GREAT idea!

Well, with a little help from the English speaking airport employee, a detailed map he gave us and Google maps on our phone... we found our hotel! It only costs 10 per person for the train so we were pretty proud of ourselves for figuring it out.

TIP: You can use your phone’s Google maps even if the data and cellular service is turned off. It just shows where your blue dot is in relation to the city’s maps but it’s very helpful still.

We checked into the Park Hyatt Vendôme, however since it was about 10am our room wasn’t ready so we decided to walk to a café to grab a bite to eat. 

We got burgers A LOT.

Once our room was ready, we couldn’t wait to see what a 900 a night room looks like! When we got to the room, there was a chilled bottle of champagne and a card congratulating us on our honeymoon! Nice touch!  

TIP: In our reservation we mentioned that it was our honeymoon, as well as emailed the hotel separately to let them know. Telling a hotel about a special event your are celebrating is ALWAYS a good idea.

Our view of the courtyard from our room
I booked the room, that's why it says Connelly not Bostwick.

Poppin' bottles in Paris!

The actual room was pretty nice, but THAT bathroom though. There was top to bottom marble, gold accents everywhere, Blaise Mautin toiletries and even a towel warmer!

The Gold hardware is EVERYTHING.
That walk in shower and rain shower head. There are no words!
After a nap, a shower in the absolutely gorgeous bathroom, and some bubbly, we started to explore the city in search of some dinner. 
Wine costs about the same as soda at most restaurants, so you know what I was drinking!

We strolled the streets around our hotel after dinner and surprisingly they were empty! The streets were very quiet (it was a Sunday night) which made it nice & felt more relaxing.

Pretty sure I need all those gold Eiffel towers
During our stroll, we found a dive bar with live music and decided to check it out. The bar was TINY and packed with locals. It was really entertaining to listen to the french performers sing all American songs! Super fun. 

Day 2: Museums, Cafés & a Dinner Cruise

After a full nights sleep, we were ready to tackle our first full day there! BUT FIRST, I had to start my day off with a free Nespresso in bed.

The room included free bottles of Evian and a Nespresso machine! Restocked everyday.
Our plan was to go to the Louvre, get lunch and then go back to the hotel to get ready for our dinner cruise that night. If you plan to go to the Louvre, GET TICKETS BEFORE. We did not get tickets ahead of time online, but did buy them directly from our hotel when we were there for 20 each. I would recommend getting them online for 15 each. If you don't buy them ahead of time, the line to buy tickets was over a 2 hour wait and definitely a waste of your precious time. 

Outside the Louvre
The Louvre was AMAZING! It's so large and filled with so much history, you could spend all day in there. You can see the Mona Lisa, the Great Sphinx of Tanis, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and much more! My favorite was Napoleon's apartment.

Pretty view from inside the Louvre!

Part of Napoleon's apartment

Venus de Milo
We spent about two hours at the Louvre, ate lunch and then headed back to our hotel to get ready for our dinner cruise along the Seine River! 

Getting ready for the night! Wearing Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette and NARS Satin Lip Pencil in 'Palais Royal'

 Before the cruise, we took pictures by the Eiffel tower since the river is right next to it!
We booked the dinner cruise through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, so it didn't actually cost us real cash. It's a great way to spend your Chase points as you are getting a free meal and an activity in one! 

On the cruise!
Fancy soup. YUM!
At night, the Eiffel tower SPARKLES

On the cruise, we enjoyed a three course meal with unlimited wine (I like to think because our server liked us) and took in all the amazing sights! We got to see the Eiffel tower all lit up, the small Statue of Liberty, and much more! The sun set as we ate dinner and it was so perfect.

Day 3: A stroll along the Avenue

Our 3rd and final day in Paris we strolled the Avenue des Champs-Élysées eating macarons, checked out the Arc de Triomphe, window shopped, and ate lunch at a café

Arc de Triomphe

Wearing W+L Sky Blue Gold Tassel earrings

Pierre Hermé macarons

The desserts at Ladurée
Jardin des Tuileries
All in all this quick trip was absolutely breathtaking! If you are thinking about going to Paris, I would highly recommend the dinner cruise! It was such a once in a lifetime experience.

Do your travel plans include Paris? If so, what will do there? Let me know in the comments! 

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