Tour de France and Lauren's first visit to the City of Light
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I'd been to Paris before...in fact, I'd studied there for a semester in college. I already knew I loved it. For me, Paris was more like home than home. On this trip, Lauren's first experience abroad, I decided she absolutely had to see the city I loved so much. Between Amsterdam and Nice, we stopped in Paris for four days. We managed to time it perfectly with the last day of the Tour de France.
Our first night, I took Lauren to the Eiffel Tower...the sight of which, all lit up and sparkling, made her cry. It made me tear up a bit too, I must admit--I'd be living in Paris in only a month! I was beyond excited.
The next day, we waited from 9:30 in the morning until 5pm on the Champs Elysees to see the riders come through...it was completely worth it. We ended up meeting an Australian girl and her mom who let us stand with them at the front of the pack--we got the best views on the whole street! You can't even imagine how fast those guys ride...it was pretty incredible.
For dinner, I took Lauren up to the Sacre Coeur (which in my opinion is best seen at sunset so it glows pink in the evening light) and we sat at a restaurant at Place du Tertre. Granted, these are pretty touristy and overpriced, but it's a fun place to hang out. We made friends with our waitor (Sebastien) and drank lots of Muscadet.
The next days were spent doing touristy things like seeing Notre Dame and the Centre Georges Pompidou...and the Louvre, of course. We also enjoyed the gorgeous weather sitting outside at cafes by the Pont Neuf and drinking wine into the evening. We had a photo shoot along the Seine, drank more wine, and got excited about our trip to Nice.
After four days in Nice, we had one more night in Paris...we ate sandwichs grecs from my favorite place on Rue de la Huchette and wandered through the Latin Quarter...I stepped in a huge pile of poop and we made friends with a drunk French guy on the metro, where Lauren practiced the extremely inappropriate French slang she'd picked up from Gael and Yannick in Nice.