It’s been 2 months since my husband Rick and I spent our honeymoon in the enchanting city of Paris. I think about it every day! I truly believe in another life I lived here. I took to the city immediately and fell in love! I’ve been to Europe before, but never to Paris and not with my husband. So there were a lot of firsts and a lot of memories made for us both! One of my favorite memories has to be walking to the center of Paris and coming across the beautiful Fontaines de la Concorde. Seeing these two fountains in the Place de la Concorde constructed in 1840 took my breath away. The water cascading over tiers of beautiful bronze and gold statues was stunning. I felt as I did so many times in Paris, that I was in a living postcard! It’s truly a site to see especially on your way to one of the most famous streets in the world, the Champs-Elysees which begins at the Place de la Concorde and travels up the tree-lined avenue to the Arc de Triomphe.
It doesn’t happen often, but on this particular day the street was closed to vehicles and you could walk up and down the Champs-Elysees. It was incredible, we returned the next day and it was packed with cars! Needless to say I was excited to get some great photos in the middle of the street without being caught up in that crazy Parisian traffic, yay! Looking up at the Arc de Triomphe from the middle of the street felt like a scene from a movie. This doesn’t happen in real life, right?! Being able to experience such beauty, culture, and history in just a few hours was remarkable. Of course, the Champs-Elysees is famous for luxury shopping and cafes so we made our way over to Louie Vuitton, Guerlain for perfume, Laduree for macarons, and if you ever go make sure to stop by Swarovski to marvel at their gorgeous jewelry and get a photo on their crystal staircase!
After a day of exploring the 8th Arrondissement of Paris we headed back to our AirBnB in the Marais to relax and get ready for dinner. We found this really amazing hidden gem called Robert et Louise, a French steakhouse. When we arrived we had no reservations, it was late and crowded, but the owner, Francois, a large jovial man with a red nose and flowing chestnut hair (no I’m not making this up) was seated drinking wine by the front door, greeted us, joked with Rick and then told us he had a great table just for us! We were escorted past a bar and a wood fired hearth filled with sizzling steaks!!! I’m pretty sure our mouths watered on the spot. As we made our way downstairs to their dining room we were sat at a wood plank table for 2 near the bar. It was quaint and romantic, simply perfect. Robert et Louise is known for their wood fired steak which is served with baby potatoes, a crisp salad, and of course french bread. This was my husbands favorite meal from our entire trip! We drank pinot noir, listened to French chatter, soft music and soaked in every ounce of this amazing dinner. It was another perfect night in Paris. AuRevoir Francois!
Photos by: Christoph Parroco