Following my time in the French Riviera, I flew to Paris to meet two Purina friends. They stayed in Europe after meetings in Germany, so that we could have some fun. It was also perfect timing for me between two Swiss holidays. I opted to take the whole week off. Neither of them had ever been to Paris, so I got to play tour guide.
We had a successful rendezvous at Charles de Gaulle airport on Saturday. I was so relieved! It is a HUGE airport, and I didn’t know how easy it would be to connect. We dropped our bags at our hotel and headed straight for Musée d’Orsay. We walked through Tuileries Garden on our way to the Museum. It was a GORGEOUS day!
As an aside, I have to make a pitch for the Museum Pass. We each had one, and it was AMAZING. We by-passed all of the ticket lines without having to stress about scheduling timed entries. It’s accepted at nearly every major site. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone traveling to Paris to see the sites.
First order of business at Musée d’Orsay was not art, it was food! We had lunch at Le Restaurant, which was gorgeous!
Afterwards, we enjoyed the museum and even got to see the temporary Van Gogh exhibit, which was awesome! We also got to enjoy the rooftop terrace, which wasn’t open on my last visit.
We decided to make a dash for the Rodin Museum to see if we could get in before closing time. We made it in the knick of time and had about 30 minutes to enjoy some of his most famous pieces as well as the gardens. This was my first time visiting this museum, and it was really lovely.
Our walk home was very scenic (though I can’t take credit for doing that on purpose). We passed Invalides, Grand Palace, some beautiful bridges, and even views of the Eiffel Tower before stopping for a drink at a café.
We changed and rested for a few minutes before heading out for a night on the town…errr…water. 🙂 We took a dinner cruise on the Seine River. The food was yummy, and I think it’s magical to see Paris lit up at night. It was the perfect way to end a really great first day!