Our fourth day ended up being the most packed day up to that point, that maybe this entry should be entitled “How to Become a Parisian in One Day.” But as tired as we were by the end of the day, you could never be too tired to explore Paris.
But that morning I woke with a craving for familiar breakfast foods, other than croissants and bread. Maybe we didn’t go to the right places, but the only quick breakfast items we could find were strictly bread related. Which is always fine and acceptable while away from home, but I needed something different.
Lucky for us, typing “Breakfast” in Apple Maps, led us to Breakfast in America, specifically Breakfast in America 3, as there are multiple locations in Paris.
The whole restaurant looks like a throwback to 50s American diners, complete with posters of various California locations. It was pretty empty when we arrived except for one other couple, but we didn’t mind the silence after all the crowds our last couple of days.
I ordered the french toast topped with sliced bananas, a side of bacon and orange juice. He ordered hot chocolate and a platter that came with pancakes, bacon, eggs and a side of the best tasting home fries I’ve ever stolen off someones’ plate. The french toast was perfectly cooked and had just the right amount of cinnamon. This was exactly the big breakfast that we needed to kick off our day of adventuring.
Our first stop after breakfast was well-known Champs-Élysées for some shopping, before heading over to the Fête des Tuileries at the Jardin des Tuileries. I have to admit, while I could spend a couple of hours just strolling along the Champs-Elysées, some of the actual shopping is a bit meh. Though we did spend a bit of time in Zara and Banana Republic.
After a little shopping we grabbed a cap to the Tuileries Garden. Of course, as it was my first trip to Paris, we had to take a ride on the famous Ferris Wheel on Place de Concorde. It was definitely worth it and we got a birds eye view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower from afar and Cleopatra’s needle.
After our ride and grabbing some lemonade, we headed to Tuileries Garden where I, of course, had to stop every few minutes to grab another photograph. Despite it being ridiculously hot outside to the point where it was almost uncomfortable, the bright sun made the flora that much more picture-worthy. The carnival itself is similar to the Bergen Beach Festival or one of those small, summer carnivals that come to town in your neighborhood, complete with overpriced games and rides that may or may not be too safe. Naturally, I skipped all the rides that involved flipping me in eight directions but spent too much money on an archery game where we actually won two mp3 players.
By this point we were so hot that we just wanted out of the heat, and seeing as we were so close to the well-known Angelina, we thought we’d stop in just for a snack. I opted for the hot chocolate (completely counterproductive, I know) and the Mont-Blanc, the most iconic duo order at Angelina. My travel partner opted for the chocolate milkshake (a better choice.)
As someone who is a huge fan of dense hot chocolate, this was a little bit of a let-down. Maybe, I’m comparing it too much to Max Brenner hot chocolate but it just didn’t do it for me. Similarly, the Mont-Blanc didn’t live up to expectations. My original choice was between a strawberry shortcake type options and the Mont-Blanc, but chose the latter due to the lemon filling (my favorite.) Maybe, I should’ve grabbed a lemon tart. We did notice though, how delicious the sandwiches going to other tables looked, so maybe in the future we’ll try it for lunch. But it was definitely an experience, and I’d 100% go back and try some different options.
After our Angelina break we decided it was time to head back to the apartment for showers and a break. On this day the heat was about 94 degrees but it felt a lot hotter. This was fine though as we had tickets that night to see comedian Olivier Giraud at the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin, who has now moved to a new venue.
I had come across a trailer for Olivier Giraud on Youtube and that already had me in tears, so thought it would be a good night out.
This man is beyond hilarious.
And in case you were wondering about the title of this post, his set is titled, “How to Become a Parisian in One Hour.” The show is actually an hour long, but you’ll wish it was an hour longer. If heading to Paris, and looking for some hilarious night entertainment, I highly recommend purchasing tickets to see Olivier. And yes, you do actually learn how to become a Parisian.
Was that the end of your day?
Of course not; you see my boyfriend was leaving the day after as he had to get back to work but we were also so close to Tour Montparnasse, it would’ve been a shame to not stop by.
In case you were wondering the Tour Montparnasse is essentially the middle finger of Paris. Why? Well, we all have the perfect image of Paris in our minds, made up of that sophisticated Parisian architecture and watched over by the Eiffel Tower…but then…then we have Tour Montparnasse.
And while it is, let’s be honest, obnoxious and hideous, it does provide an amazing view of the Eiffel tower from the observatory and so it would be our final stop of the day. Essentially the opposite view you’d have from the tower itself. We had gotten there at sunset, which was the perfect backdrop. And of course I suggested we stay until sundown when the tower would light up and sparkle. However, due to the tragic events that occurred in Nice on the 14th, the tower instead lit up with the colors of the French flag, which was equally as beautiful but a very bittersweet moment.
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