We took our time getting ready this morning. Our first stop was the Louis Vuitton Foundation (thanks to a recommendation from Mommy Shorts, who came with her daughter Mazzy earlier this year). The only thing was that it didn’t open until noon. We had some time to kill in the morning. So, we had a sit down breakfast back at Bertrand’s. We got cafe cremas. My pastry today was brioche aux sucre…they didn’t have that and so they asked me if it was okay that it had chocolate also. Can we just say yes already? It was delicious…you can just add chocolate to things, it’s ok.
Then, we hopped on a train up to the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Little did I know it would include an impromptu hike through Bois de Boulogne. The hike was nice…it was a leisurely 16 minute hike through a forest of trees and paths. We did finally emerge to a magnificent site.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a pretty cool museum. It’s modern art. At the moment, however, it’s in between exhibits and we just missed the last one. It closed on Monday. The museum itself was designed by Frank Gehry who has won a Pritzker Prize for his designs and has many famous building under his name including the Guggheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. However, instead of taking the train to our next destination. We hopped a 1 Euro shuttle.
Hello L’Arc de Triomphe. I’m going to the top. Oh…I have to climb all these stairs. I’ve got this. It’s makes my butt look good, right? Well, we’ve already committed and the only option and direction is up. So, up we went. It wasn’t like London where it warned you how many stairs it was (it was 284 steps). Heck, I probably could’ve research and found out, but I just wanted to get to the top and…totally worth it! The skies were blue and the sun was out. The Champs-Elysees was in front of me as was La Tour Eiffel…and a bunch of other stuff. The Sacre-Coeur was off in the distance up a hill.
The Arc was ordered by Napoleon, but stopped when he was defeated. Oops. It started up again later in the name of King Louis-Phillipe. It honors those who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The eternal flame of remembrance was lit on 11th November 1923 and has never been extinguished since. It’s positioned in the center of 12 Avenues (insane!).
The next stop was a quick ride to La Tour Eiffel. It’s probably the most iconic thing about Paris. It was built in 1889 for the Paris Exposition aka the World’s Fair. Heck, it wasn’t even supposed to be permanent. It’s named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project, and who also had an apartment at the top. The only thing that kept it from being destroyed was that it was used as a giant radio antenna. There are 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world. Do you know where they all are?
Coming here, I wanted to eat macarons and cheese and enjoy some wine on Champ de Mars, but that was not to be as Champ de Mars no longer allowed alcoholic beverage consumption. But I was determined to get my lawn picture nonetheless. I did have macarons on me after all. I picked them up at lunch from Carette after having a sandwich au jambon.
We didn’t quite make it to everything we wanted to. We might still have a chance tomorrow. Let’s see how ambitious I am. I would like to get up to Montmarte. I ended my night with some Asian food. It head been too long. I went to Foyer Mon Vietnam for a hot bowl of pho on a cold night. They also had my favorite appetizer, bun guon. Already winning.
Our food bucket list is doing good in Paris. We missed one thing in London, which I’m still quite sad about…how could we forget the sticky toffee pudding? Oh yeah, because we forgot to actually put it on the list and we only talked about it. The list and map are key and makes exploring a little easier so we don’t miss things (more or less).