Thursday, 7 November 2013

Paris on a budget: Day Three

Our final full day in Paris was meant to be our more relaxing day but we still ended up doing as much as we did the previous days.

Our first stop was an American style diner called Breakfast in America for a spot of breakfast. I'd read about this place online before we went and we were both dying to go. I'll post more about the food in a separate blog post that I'm planning but let me just tell you that it was delicious and everyone needs to visit there!

We then headed to Musée D'Orsay (on a double decker train!!) which I was really excited about. I love impressionism and was really looking forward to seeing some of my favourite Van Gogh paintings (Starry Night Over The Rhone which I actually have a poster of, La Méridienne and his famous self portrait from 1889) and also some Monet and Manet. This museum was so much better than the Louvre. Firstly, it's in a converted railway station so it has amazing architecture and secondly, it's easy to navigate your way around the place. We found exactly what we were looking for straight away. We had to queue for about half an hour to get in but it was totally worth it. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's into French art from the late 19th century.

After stopping off at a cafe for a cold drink and a quick look at our guide books, we decided to catch the metro to Mouton Douvernet as I wanted to visit the catacombs. Unfortunately, we couldn't find the road on the map or see any signs or directions to the catacombs, so we just ended up wandering around a few shops and having a Starbucks. I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to spell my name right on my cup, they don't usually get it right in England.

We then headed to St Germain so that Amy could see the two famous cafes, Café Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. We also found a vintage shop so had a little rummage in there but everything was quite expensive so we didn't buy anything. 

We then got back on the metro and made our way to Galleries Lafayette which is pretty much the Parisian version of Harrods. Unlike Harrods though, it was way too hot and busy and we didn't spend long there at all. I purchased an Eiffel Tower Pandora charm for myself and then we decided we deserved a special treat..

We got on the metro to Champs-Élysées for the second time but instead of shopping, we headed to the famous Ladurée and treated ourselves to a coffee and a cake. I had the most expensive coffee eclair I will ever have (I think it worked out to be about £6!) but it was so worth it, just for the experience. We then purchased some macarons from the shop to take home in little boxes. They were very expensive but it's just something that you have to do when you're in Paris. 

We decided to have a look around Bastille for somewhere to eat that evening and ended up settling on a bistro called Café Rey (which had the best toilets I've ever seen) where we had a cocktail and a burger before going back to the hostel to pack and sleep before our long journeys home the next day. Paris was exhausting but it was fantastic and I can't wait for our next adventure.

Find out what we did on Day One and Day Two.
Look out for my next post about where we ate while we were there!


  1. Looks like you had a great time. Fabulous pictures. We went to the Pompidou centre when we went last, fabulous modern art. I love the macaroons I had some from Le Bon Marche

  2. Lovely post, looks like you had a great time and love Laduree Macaroons they are yummy!!! XX

  3. Lovely post :) making me want to go back ASAP - looks like you had a great final day!

    Meimei xx

  4. great photos! i miss paris :( that was the first time i had realised how expensive laduree actually is :O


  5. Aww, you've got me telling Steve that we HAVE to go to Paris! Haha x


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