Tuesday morning we dragged ourselves out of bed at 6:3o am. Who gets up at this hour on vacation?! This was the one day that I was going to pretty much be on my own for the entire day so I wanted to make the most of it. I began with a three-mile run. I wanted to do more but honestly all the walking from the previous day was exhausting. I’m not complaining by any means! I ran in the opposite direction of the previous day, toward the Eiffel Tower. Yeah I ran under the Eiffel Tower, no big deal. 🙂 I found a path with a ton of runners.
I was surprised by how many large groups of runners I saw there. It was awesome! If my french were better I might have tried to join in. I saw the wall of peace which was pretty awesome. Then I went back to shower and have some breakfast at the hotel.
First on my agenda was to find the Jardin des Tuileries. It was beautiful and there were little ponds everywhere. I loved the reclining chairs that they had around. I envisioned myself being a stay-at-home mom in Paris and bringing Haylie there everyday to play. A girl can dream!
Next I went to find Angelina’s Tea Room. I got the chocolate Africain to was recommended to me. It is a type of hot chocolate drink and also their signature drink. I got a St. Honore as well which was probably my favorite pastry of the entire trip. They were generous with the vanilla beans and it tasted amazing!
Onto the Palais Garnier (Opera House) which was 10 Euro to get in. I didn’t think that was too bad. It was so great! They had a room where you could watch them practicing for an upcoming performance. The gift shop was also really nice.
I found some random fancy mall. I didn’t buy anything but kept going up the stairs to take pictures of the ceiling because it was so beautiful. I was being a total tourist but I didn’t care. I did see an amazing running vest but it was 100 Euro and I just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on it. I did take a picture though. The colors are just so pretty! If anyone wants to get me a nice present….. 🙂
I had no intention of finding the Arc de Triomphe that day but happened to look up and there it was! I didn’t want to go in without my husband so I just walked around it trying to figure out how to get to it. I’m not gonna lie, it took me way longer than it should have to figure out that there was an underground tunnel to get there. I’m just going to blame that one on sleep deprivation and move on. For a brief period of time I was afraid that I would have to dart through traffic and hope not to die. Thankfully that was not the case!
I don’t know if this is accurate but my phone said that I walked over 15 miles each day. Between running and all of the walking, I wouldn’t really be surprised if that’s pretty close.