We took Eurostar to Paris and the travel was easy from Kings Cross. We pulled into Gar Du Nord and decided to walk to our airbnb/hotel which was maybe a mistake because it was on a very busy/dirtyish main street and we were grumpy. We both woke up feeling very sick and had to stock up on advil and cough drops. We had to force ourselves up for lunch but we were starving. We walked to Buvette - a restaurant I had heard of and was excited to try. It was SO good and our server was so sweet to us. We both ordered the croque Monsieurs and glasses of wine, and finished lunch with Madeline cookies and a scoop of nutella. PURE HEAVEN. After we got back we sluggishly made our way to the Eiffel Tower with a fresh baguette, cheese, blackberries and two bottles of vino. The Eiiffel was a little chaotic but the sunset was magical. We had one more drink and coffees and made our way back to the hotel.
Our day started not so hot. We got to the train station and noticed our train wasn’t up on the screen. After we walked around a bit, Bridget encouraged me to recheck the tickets. OH. MY GOD. We were at the wrong train station and didn’t have much time to spare. We hopped in a cab and thank god I had cash because his card reader was broken. We ended up making it to the station with time to grab coffee and croissant before our 6-hour train ride, but we are complete dummies and couldn’t find our car so we had to hop on a random one and it started to move a minute later.
Sweaty, stressed, and slightly hungover…..we made it on and began our journey to Nice. The ride was beautiful, and I was able to see all of the vineyards of Provence and the beautiful coastal towns. After settling in, we walked along the promenade Anglais and made our way to Le Meridien for drinks and views. The views were gorgeous. From there we headed to a wine bar I had wanted to check out called Cave de la Tour, and it was lovely, V french. The people-watching was so fun, and we were happy to be there. Dinner was so pleasant at La Femme du Boulanger I had made a reservation, though I don’t think it was legit, so she just brought a table and two chairs and put it out on the sidewalk for us. We had a tartine with goat cheese, fresh honey and grapes, and a steak with gorgonzola sauce…and a bottle of rose, and two delicious desserts.
We decided to walk to the old town to check out the market. The food was so fresh, and I have never seen such beautiful berries, vegetables, and cheeses. We snacked on some fresh blackberries and raspberries and tried the local dish called Socca (a chickpea pancake), and it was AMAZING. After our snack, we grabbed an espresso and began the journey to the lookout spot on Castle Hill. The views were beautiful, but we were so hot and sweaty and decided the beach needed to be our next destination. We stopped for a quick snack and glass of rose at Movida before the beach. We posted up at Plage Beau Rivage where we finally got to swim and enjoy the refreshing water. It was AMAZING. The beach is a rock beach which was slightly entertaining and painful. We swam around, played with the beautiful rocks, took a little nap, ordered a bottle of rose and called it a day around 6:00 PM. I got so sunburnt…the leg sunburn was pure torture. For dinner, we decided to try a local rec Gare du Sud, which is another food hall situation but a favorite among young people/students. Our walk was sketch, and the food hall was packed. The English was limited among the vendors, so we accidentally ordered a double cheeseburger, cheese fries, a pizza and accidentally stole two spritzes. Not the worst problem to have. We walked back and made the call to go to sleep. Back to Paris in the morning!
Our train ride back to Paris seemed short, and I caught up on emails and reading. We finally arrived at Hotel Henriette - a little splurge for us, but something we had been looking forward to the whole trip. It was fabulous, and all of the details were so cute. We got a welcome tote bag and snacked on the complimentary croissants. After showers and settling in, we got dressed for the night. Bridget took a ton of photos of me in a fun new outfit, and we were thrilled to be staying in a cute area. We decided to walk to St. Germain to try out a wine bar that was recommended before our dinner. L’avant Comptoir Du Marche was the name of the bar, and it was fun to try some cool wines without looking at a menu. St. Germain is a dreamy area, and Bridget seemed to understand the appeal of Paris - ooh la la finally! The weather was perfection, and it felt like fall with perfect light. After wine, we dined at Daroco - an Italian sport where ate ham pizza and pesto gnocchi. We wanted one more drink, so we made our way to No Entry - a speakeasy underneath Pink Mama that required us to walk through the meat fridge…so fun!
The next day was spent leisurely strolling around Paris, exploring the Louvre and popping into random cafes for glasses of rose. We had L’As du Fallafel for lunch, and boy was it tasty. Le Marais was so fun to walk around, and we enjoyed all of the shops and quaint streets. I wish I had a chance to do different museums, but many were closed on Monday, so the options were limited. By the time dinner rolled around, we were so exhausted we decided to cheese board it up and stay in at the cozy Hotel Henriette before our early morning train.
Paris, je t’aime.
shoutout to Bridget Burnett for the good photos - iPhone shots by moi