We were sad to say goodbye to Hotel Original but moved across town to a hotel that we had points for. Two nights for free is what’s up!
Place de la Madeleine became our neighborhood for our final 2.5 days in Paris. The weather was cold and rainy but that did not stop us! We were determined to eat at cafes and walk the streets hand in hand.
Eating out was a relative breeze as long as I ordered something that didn’t come with bread. And ignored the customary baguette placed in front of me, taunting me with its wonderful aroma.
Since returning everyone has asked me what the best part of the trip was and I have to say for me it was walking with Zach holding hands for a week. What could be better than that? At home there are distractions (internet! work, chores, etc..) but on vacation we never needed to be anywhere at a specific time and luckily (!) our phones didn’t work outside of the hotel’s free wifi. So yes, holding hands and walking around town was my favorite part of the trip. I cannot wait to do it again!
Also this meal:
Fava Bean Risotto was my second favorite part of the trip. Sometimes watching a cooking show I see people react to food in incredible ways: “OMG this is SO good!”. And I have really wanted that experience. I mean the food I make is good but sometimes food prepared by someone else is a real treat. Or it should be. This risotto gave me that TV reaction. This was SO GOOD. We had this insanely good meal at the hotel restaurant, Hyatt Madeleine, do it. Just get this meal, and then send me the pics so I can drool.
I also noticed no one else was taking pictures of their food. Hmm perhaps I stood out?
We also went to what I think is one of the most interesting museums: Hotel d’Invalides Musee de l’Armee. My dad being a history buff took my sister and me here 10 years ago and I was itching to take Zach. With your ticket you can see Napoleon’s tomb and the museum’s incredible collection of military history.
I am never less amazed at the beauty of the gardens and architecture in Europe. Symmetry is a beautiful thing 🙂
After nearly a week of watching Zach eat baguettes in front of me I got a little jealous. So he bought me a box of chocolates and we got our cat sitters some caramels.
And then it was time to say goodbye. We both left with heavy hearts and as we packed Zach kept repeating “We will come back, we will we return”. That made it a little easier for me to leave, knowing that he fell in love with European travel as much as I had. My fears of not finding any food to eat in France were squashed. I found plenty to eat and all of it delicious. I never got sick once and for someone who makes 99% of their food at home, that was a MAJOR triumph. So friends go forth and travel! And eat good food!