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Anniversary trip - Day 4: Arrive in Paris

01 May 2017
Eiffel Tower
After waking up early on our fourth day we dropped off the rental car then headed to the airport. After a quick three hour flight to Paris we arrived with knowing only ten French words. Combined. Maybe ...

After arriving at Orly we find a cab driver that took us into town to drop us off at our Airbnb location. At least we thought it was our Airbnb location. He took us to "avenue" instead of "street". Amazingly there was a door there at that address for apartments and as soon we entered our code, simultaneously someone walked through the door from the inside. Once we got in there, there was another door with another code on it. The person renting the place to us didn't say anything about this. After five full minutes of trying to figure it out and basically getting locked inside the waiting period to the apartments someone let us out and we eventually found our place a block and half down the street. When we arrived, it was amazing. Nice clean design, on the top floor and amazing views of both the Invalides and Eiffel Tower.



After dropping off all of our bags we headed down Rue Cler, an amazing street full of wonderful markets and shops, seconds from our doorstep to eat lunch at Le Petit Cler. Once done, we headed to the base of the Eiffel Tower to snap some pictures and then head on a boat cruise on the Seine. I read somewhere it's a good way to get your orientation of the city and they were definitely right. Once we kind of knew our ups from our downs we got some more pictures and then headed over to Le Cordon Bleu to pick up some gifts for some people back home.

Hanging out at the Eiffel Tower


Next was the most amazing dinner we had during our trip at Les Cocottes. If we had known it would have been this good, we would've eaten there every single night. I think I found it on a blog or Yelp and wanted to go for two reasons: 1) they serve everything out of small cast iron pans (cocottes) and 2) you don't need a reservation. It was mainly because I didn't want to book reservations and wanted a place where we could just stroll in. Later we find out that this place has a Michelin star and was recommended a few days later by our cooking instructor and someone else in the class. It was amazing and if we're ever back we will eat there ... probably every night.

We were pretty tired after this and decided to go back to the apartment to crash. The Eiffel Tower seemed front and center out our window and it was something we couldn't look at enough each night before going to bed.

Eiffel Tower at night