paris, france - burgers, champagne & the louvre

Itinerary for a Christmas-time trip to Paris: sleep in, shuffle to a cafe for a loaded breakfast, wander the streets gawking at fantastic architecture and posh Parisians until you have a tiny space in your stomach, cuddle up in a cafe under a heat lamp with a few glasses of Champagne, over-stuff yourself at dinner and don't hesitate to order dessert, and end the night posted up at a sidewalk cafe under a blanket and heat lamp, sipping on grog (rum with hot lemon water).

Throw in a trip to the Louvre and the top of the Tour or the Arc, and wham, bam, done.

[here is the first set of photos from our trip to paris]

Rooftops of le Marais, Paris

Paris architecture

Paris architecture

Paris cafe in winter

Cafe Charlot, Paris le Marais, sardines
CAFE CHARLOT - 38 RUE DE BRETAGNE

Alex and I had stumbled in here off the street, hungry for breakfast, when we first came to Paris together two years ago. He had a life-changing burger he's been talking about ever since, and I tracked down the place to allow him to relive the rapture.

Cafe Charlot, Paris le Marais, burger

The beast in all her glory.

Cafe Charlot, Paris le Marais, sardines

I ordered sardines on grilled bread with extra-fine butter and a glass of Champagne, and was equally rapturous.

This is the happiest I have ever looked in a photo. It doesn't take much, folks.

Cafe Charlot, Paris le Marais, sardines

Paris architecture

Au Tour de France, Paris

Cafe in Paris, France

Our beloved fifth-floor walk up in Le Marais.

Paris, France

Paris, France in winter

Le Louvre museum in winter, Paris

I'd first come here with Susan 10 years ago during an exhausting, over-packed whirlwind bus tour of France, and when given an hour in the Louvre we saw the Mona Lisa and then promptly found a spot to lay down and took a nap. We were poked awake by a security guard: "You can't sleep here. This is the Louvre."

Le Louvre museum paintings, Paris

This time, Alex overjoyed at the objets d'art and I squinted at paintings and blinked at Napoleon III's lavish rooms.

Le Louvre museum paintings, Paris

Le Louvre museum paintings, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Le Louvre museum, Paris

Paris outdoor street cafe in winter

Paris motorcycles

Champs-Elysees, Paris
Aux Champs-Elysées!
Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit / Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées...
 

Arc de Triomphe, Paris
ARC DE TRIOMPHE

I talked Alex into climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe because I remembered the views being stunning.

We queued for hours at the front of the line (rumors flew through the line that the ticket sellers were on a 1-hour smoke break) and then queued in the freezing wind to climb 286 stairs to the top to watch traffic fly around the circle.

Plus, you know, the 365' views of Paris.

Views from Arc de Triomphe, Paris, in winter

Views from Arc de Triomphe, Paris, in winter


Views from Arc de Triomphe, Paris, in winter

Alex and I discussed how 'crazy' the traffic in 'Europe's craziest roundabout' really is -- we agreed the people who named it such must have never been to Rome.

Paris outdoor street cafe in winter

Merci library cafe, Paris

Cafe Charlot Paris burger

You hadn't forgotten about the burger, right? Mmmmm......

Cafe Charlot Paris burger

If your tastes run less 'classic American', or if you live in Switzerland and see nothing but sausage and cheese and sausage and cheese and sausage and cheese, then this may be more up your alley:

Ethiopian inerja food, Sheger, Paris
RESTAURANT SHEGER - 2 PASSAGE DU JEU DE BOULES

Ethiopian inerja, from a hole-in-the-wall, no-frills shop near Bastille. On this plate are lentils, veggies, salad, feta, a hard-boiled egg, meat, and... a million things. You use the soft bread that is the 'plate' as a fork, soaking up sauces and making little tiny wraps with each bite. The best. The absolute best.

I want to die here.

Ethiopian inerja food, Sheger, Paris

Ethiopian inerja food, Sheger, Paris
Demolished.

Le Marais architecture, Paris

Doors in Le Marais, Paris

We passed our final hours in Paris with some shopping in the Marais, and some taking portraits in front of old doors. #instagramwife

À bientôt, Paris!

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