Our second day in Paris was a rainy one. The weather in Paris is certainly unpredictable so be sure to pack a raincoat, umbrella, rain boots, and a large enough cross-body bag that will hold a lot and withstand the rain. All of which came in handy when we were there. It is true what they say about Paris when it rains – it is still beautiful. However it is miserable to walk around in ALL day in the pouring rain. When it rains in Paris it is the perfect excuse to check out the museums, cafes, and shop!
On this particular day the rain held off in the morning so we walked from our hotel (we stayed at Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel – it was a nice hotel that has great service and breakfast buffet but if I were to go back I would stay in a hotel closer to the museums. I ended up really loving the St. Germain area so I would probably stay there next time!). Our hotel was close to the Arch de Triomphe so we headed there first to pick up our museum passes. I would recommend buying a museum pass (we got a two-day pass) so you avoid having to buy tickets for every single museum you visit. We walked all the way up to the top of the monument and took in impeccable views of the city. I actually liked this view a lot better than Montmarte. It also wasn’t so crowded – it might have been because we got there on the earlier side and the weather was a little gray.
Next we walked all the way to the Tuileries Gardens after checking out the Musee de l’Orangerie to see Monet’s famous waterlily paintings. The Musee de l’Orangerie is pretty small so it is worth quickly checking out before moving on to your next spot. The Tuileries Gardens were gorgeous even on a rainy day! It was my favorite garden we went to in Paris so it is definitely a must-see. I bet it looks even better in the spring.
Once it started to down-pour rain and Brett’s umbrella broke (the rain in Paris was/is no joke) we headed to lunch. After lunch we headed to Musee d’Orsay. We waited in line for about 30-40 mins so I would recommend getting their early to avoid the lines. Once we got in, I headed straight to the 6th floor to see the Impressionist paintings – my favorite! I sure hope they are original paintings…sometimes I feel like I am getting fooled at the art museums. They were amazing to look at though! This was hands down my favorite museum of the trip so if you need to pick one – this is it (especially if you like art).
We were pretty pooped from walking around the museum so we headed to St. Germain for a little pre-dinner drink and snack. We sat ourselves down outside of Cafe de Flore which is your quintessential/typical Parisian cafe to enjoy a drink or a small bite and people watch. It is definitely on the pricier side – 19 euro for a spritz! But it was well worth it for the ambiance and Parisian experience. I could have sat there for hours but we decided to make our way to our dinner spot.
We happened to randomly stumble upon a restaurant called Kult. Its not often you “stumble” upon a restaurant that ends up being the best of the trip. But it miraculously happened for us! I guess it was a little 1 year anniversary magic. It was everything I had hoped for in a French meal. The service was amazing to start and they even offered up a free small bite as we waited for our bottle of wine to arrive. The overall ambiance is very intimate, quaint. and romantic. The food was the best part because it was SO unique and delicious. They had a 5 course meal option that is made special for you based on the food you are desiring at the moment. We unfortunately passed on it not thinking we had the appetite. But if you go to this restaurant – work up an appetite and get the 5 course meal! I am guarantee you will not be disappointed!
After a long day in a moody Paris we made our way back to our hotel after dinner to relax. There is nothing better than getting cozy in a robe and slippers after a full day of exploring.