Exploring: Postcards from a beautiful three days in Paris

Short bursts of liveblogging from trips around the world.
This trip took place during: Feb 2018

Okay, so actually the London entry turned out to be way more long form than I actually wanted it to be. That's cool, but not exactly what I was hoping for with these Postcards entries. Now I'm in Paris and walking something like 10 miles a day and ain't nobody got time to ramble on! So here you go: More Postcard-ish Postcards from Paris.

Day 1

Waking up super early because of jet lag has had amazing benefits - like seeing the sun rise over Paris. My goodness, when the light hits these fantastic Regency-era buildings, I actually want to cry.

Waking up super early because of jet lag has had amazing benefits - like seeing the sun rise over Paris. My goodness, when the light hits these fantastic Regency-era buildings, I actually want to cry.

Though for all its morning beauty, Paris in Winter seems to wake up super late. It took a lot of searching on the first day to find a boulangerie that was actually open at 7am.

Though for all its morning beauty, Paris in Winter seems to wake up super late. It took a lot of searching on the first day to find a boulangerie that was actually open at 7am.

Traveling with the sister, Jane, and hitting up Euro Disney the first day. Thanks to the (apparently rare) snow fall, all outdoor rides were closed. We managed to wander through both parks (Disneyland & Walt Disney Studios) before 3pm.

Traveling with the sister, Jane, and hitting up Euro Disney the first day. Thanks to the (apparently rare) snow fall, all outdoor rides were closed. We managed to wander through both parks (Disneyland & Walt Disney Studios) before 3pm.

The rides were a lot more intense and actually roller-coaster-y at Euro Disney compared to the ones in Shanghai! Several went upside down even!  One thing I was kind of disappointed by though was this: I visited Discoveryland about 15 years ago and this ride was themed after Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon. Actually, all of Discoveryland was themed after Jules Verne, which the literary nerd in me found seventy thousand shades of awesome. This time though, they'd done the laziest of all revamps to turn this gorgeous tribute to steampunk space travel into retro Star Wars. You can still see the gorgeous Columbiad space gun motifs surrounding the HYPERSPACE MOUNTAIN font. You are launched into the ride sitting on beautiful Art Nouveau detailing, surrounded by "barrels" of "gun powder." Why did you even bother, Euro Disney?

The rides were a lot more intense and actually roller-coaster-y at Euro Disney compared to the ones in Shanghai! Several went upside down even!

One thing I was kind of disappointed by though was this: I visited Discoveryland about 15 years ago and this ride was themed after Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon. Actually, all of Discoveryland was themed after Jules Verne, which the literary nerd in me found seventy thousand shades of awesome. This time though, they'd done the laziest of all revamps to turn this gorgeous tribute to steampunk space travel into retro Star Wars. You can still see the gorgeous Columbiad space gun motifs surrounding the HYPERSPACE MOUNTAIN font. You are launched into the ride sitting on beautiful Art Nouveau detailing, surrounded by "barrels" of "gun powder." Why did you even bother, Euro Disney?

Another funny thing about Euro Disney: Walt Disney Studios has a weird obsession with Steven Tyler. Besides this 90s throwback Special Effects show, there was also a Rockin' Rollercoaster ride featuring Aerosmith. LOL.

Another funny thing about Euro Disney: Walt Disney Studios has a weird obsession with Steven Tyler. Besides this 90s throwback Special Effects show, there was also a Rockin' Rollercoaster ride featuring Aerosmith. LOL.

Look! The most snow you'll ever see in "Hollywood." After riding most of the rollercoasters across the two parks, we'd originally planned on trying out the Ratatouille-themed restaurant in Walt Disney Studios. Alas, it seems like every cold-ass family in Euro Disney had the same idea and they'd run out of tables. And... that was the only place serving French food in the whole park, more or less. So we decided eff it, we were going back into town.

Look! The most snow you'll ever see in "Hollywood." After riding most of the rollercoasters across the two parks, we'd originally planned on trying out the Ratatouille-themed restaurant in Walt Disney Studios. Alas, it seems like every cold-ass family in Euro Disney had the same idea and they'd run out of tables. And... that was the only place serving French food in the whole park, more or less. So we decided eff it, we were going back into town.

This cheese & meats plate, the first meal in ten hours since our early morning breakfast croissant, was worth it. It (and some mushrooms) turned out to be our dinner too, because the both of us went to our Airbnb and basically passed out til' morning.

This cheese & meats plate, the first meal in ten hours since our early morning breakfast croissant, was worth it. It (and some mushrooms) turned out to be our dinner too, because the both of us went to our Airbnb and basically passed out til' morning.

Day 2

Another early start. Another Parisian morning that is just too frickin' gorgeous for words. We are dying here, Paris. You are killing us with your beauty.

Another early start. Another Parisian morning that is just too frickin' gorgeous for words. We are dying here, Paris. You are killing us with your beauty.

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For breakfast, we went to get some famous hot chocolate at Angelina on Rue du Rivoli near the Louvre. TThe hot chocolate was incredibly rich and I don't actually have much of a sweet tooth... and so to be perfectly honest I was much more impressed by the rest of their breakfast. It was beautiful and fancy and delicious.

For breakfast, we went to get some famous hot chocolate at Angelina on Rue du Rivoli near the Louvre. TThe hot chocolate was incredibly rich and I don't actually have much of a sweet tooth... and so to be perfectly honest I was much more impressed by the rest of their breakfast. It was beautiful and fancy and delicious.

 
In front of the famous I.M. Pei-rymid!

In front of the famous I.M. Pei-rymid!

The Louvre is - of course - one of the best museums for classical art, sculpture and historical furniture in the world. If you ever come on a day where the line is hours long though, consider taking your I.M. Pei selfie and then heading out to MAD:  Musée des Arts Décoratifs  instead. It's located on the side of the Louvre and is actually a really fascinating museum in its own right.

The Louvre is - of course - one of the best museums for classical art, sculpture and historical furniture in the world. If you ever come on a day where the line is hours long though, consider taking your I.M. Pei selfie and then heading out to MAD: Musée des Arts Décoratifs instead. It's located on the side of the Louvre and is actually a really fascinating museum in its own right.

The have an entire floor dedicated to Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Look at these chairs!  An aside: Japonisme gets pulled into the whole "appropriation" debate a lot, but I think that's a big misdirection. Art Nouveau artists looking to the East for inspiration was way less Coachella and way more Otaku. Maybe Weeaboo at worst.

The have an entire floor dedicated to Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Look at these chairs!

An aside: Japonisme gets pulled into the whole "appropriation" debate a lot, but I think that's a big misdirection. Art Nouveau artists looking to the East for inspiration was way less Coachella and way more Otaku. Maybe Weeaboo at worst.

Late lunch: galettes and cider! This was a steak, tomato & onion savoury galette and basically it tasted like a cheeseburger in a crepe. I enjoyed it.

Late lunch: galettes and cider! This was a steak, tomato & onion savoury galette and basically it tasted like a cheeseburger in a crepe. I enjoyed it.

That night, we went to a real Parisian's house party in Montmarte. We found out on the way there that Carrefoure French wines are actually really good considering how cheap they are.

That night, we went to a real Parisian's house party in Montmarte. We found out on the way there that Carrefoure French wines are actually really good considering how cheap they are.

Met up with Dr. Sketchy's co-host and Shanghai best movie-watching buddy, Morgan, who just happened to be in Paris at the same time. The apartment we went to meet her at was crazy in a Grey Gardens eccentric rich person way but I feel weird putting up pics of someone's living quarters in actual public, so alas, here is us on the floor Whiskey Girling it.

Met up with Dr. Sketchy's co-host and Shanghai best movie-watching buddy, Morgan, who just happened to be in Paris at the same time. The apartment we went to meet her at was crazy in a Grey Gardens eccentric rich person way but I feel weird putting up pics of someone's living quarters in actual public, so alas, here is us on the floor Whiskey Girling it.

Montmarte was a beautiful neighbourhood, if a bit of a climb. It was a lot more residential and quaint compared to where we were staying in Bastille, and the view of the rest of Paris at night was stunning. I'd love to one day see it in the daylight. 

Montmarte was a beautiful neighbourhood, if a bit of a climb. It was a lot more residential and quaint compared to where we were staying in Bastille, and the view of the rest of Paris at night was stunning. I'd love to one day see it in the daylight. 

Day 3

Arc de Triomphe & the Champs-Élysées in the not as early as every other morning morning! 

Arc de Triomphe & the Champs-Élysées in the not as early as every other morning morning! 

We were here to catch the  Bustronome , a gourmet four-course + wine pairings meal that would take us through a bunch of the major sites of Paris. I have already gushed about it all over my Instagram, so I won't say anything more here except: DO IT. Yes, it was expensive (85 euros per person for the wine-paired lunch), but it was a fantastic way to sightsee and get insane shots of Parisian monuments (while guzzling wine.)

We were here to catch the Bustronome, a gourmet four-course + wine pairings meal that would take us through a bunch of the major sites of Paris. I have already gushed about it all over my Instagram, so I won't say anything more here except: DO IT. Yes, it was expensive (85 euros per person for the wine-paired lunch), but it was a fantastic way to sightsee and get insane shots of Parisian monuments (while guzzling wine.)

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We walked off the bottle by doing a little shopping down the Champs-Élysées, crossing the Ponte Alexandre III bridge and oohing a bit at the Petit Palace.

We walked off the bottle by doing a little shopping down the Champs-Élysées, crossing the Ponte Alexandre III bridge and oohing a bit at the Petit Palace.

And then it was off to the Gare du Lyon before 7pm to catch a Thello overnight train from Paris to Milan for the next leg of our journey.  Au Revoir Paris! I can definitely see why people across generations have gushed over your charms.

And then it was off to the Gare du Lyon before 7pm to catch a Thello overnight train from Paris to Milan for the next leg of our journey.

Au Revoir Paris! I can definitely see why people across generations have gushed over your charms.