Frances and I were looking forward to visiting Paris, not only because France was hosting the Euro Cup, but for the museums, gardens, and especially the wine and food!
Since we had a couple of days in Paris, we decide to just sit back and relax on the first night. Our Airbnb apartment was situated at the perfect spot along the street of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis which is a vibrant multicultural area filled with many shops, markets, cafes, and restaurants. Scanning one end of the street to the other, we ended up at a place called Au Faubourg for some eats. Luckily it was happy hour, so we couldn't resist ordering a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board.
The following day wasn't as relaxing though, we started the day bright and early at the Louvre Museum to avoid the huge crowds. Having bought our tickets online and ahead of time, we didn't have to wait in line at all. You could literally spend the entire day walking around this place, unfortunately, we didn't have that luxury but we did learn much of Europe's history roaming around these halls. We even got to see the famous Mona Lisa. It was a little underwhelming as we were more impressed by the giant painting across the room, but definitely neat to see it in person.
Next to the Louvre were the Tuileries Garden, a great public place to relax and enjoy the fresh air. On the edge of the park is a Ferris Wheel (The Big Wheel) and a great view of the Eiffel Tower. We would have loved to stay longer, but at this point, our stomachs were crying out for food.
A coworker had suggested a place called Bar du Central near the Eiffel Tower where they recommended to try another French delicacy, escargot. Of course we had to and had no regrets. The food was definitely top notch!
Musée du Louvre
Bar du Central