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Tour de France–Paris

Paris, our final stop on our Tour de France!  When we started our trip we had no plans to stop in Paris.  It is a bit of a detour.  From Dijon it would take five to six hours heading north to get back to Bad Honnef (home).  Instead, we drove 3 1/2 hours northwest to Paris and then drove a little over five hours northeast back home.  Paris is always worth the detour!

Christian used Hyatt points for us to stay in the Hotel de Louvre.  It seemed like such a luxury, especially after staying over a week in a campground!  As you can guess by the name, we were right next to the Louvre. 

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Views from our hotel room.

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As soon as we dropped off our bags in our room, we hit the streets! 

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They have been removing the locks from bridges in Paris, due to the damage they have been causing the bridges.  When Christian and I were in Paris a couple years ago, we placed a lock on the Pont de Solferino bridge.  We went back to the bridge on this trip and the locks had been removed and they put a hard plastic cover over the bridge sides, so people couldn’t attach locks.  Although, there are still other bridges that have locks on them.

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When we were trying to find treats and places to eat in Paris, I consulted this blog guide.  We went on a search for L’Eclair de Genie and found a location in the department store, Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV).  Walking through the department store was also a treat!  We also used her recommendation for our dinner spot, Le Coupe-Chou.  We sat outside by the ivy-covered entrance and enjoyed a multi-course meal.  We would definitely go back.

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I can’t stop talking about food!  One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Paris was to visit Meert.  It is a famous pastry shop known for their gaufres.  I dream about these super thin, oblong waffles with a vanilla cream filling.  They are super sweet but amazing!  It is making my mouth water just as I type this. 

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After dinner, we walked to the Eiffel Tower.  I wanted to see it lit up and sparkling.  As we were walking we could see the top sparkling and then when we arrived it stopped.  We didn’t realize that they have a set schedule.  It sparkles for 5 minutes every hour on the hour.

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The following morning, we walked around a bit more.  I specifically wanted to go to Galeries Lafayette.  We spent the most time in their food hall, where the food is so beautifully displayed that you don’t actually want to eat it.

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Across the street from the department store is the Palais Garnier, the opera house.

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Before we knew it, it was time to pack up our things, take one last look at the Louvre & drive back to Germany.  It was such a fun, memorable tour through France and Paris was a great way to end it!

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