Babymoon in Paris
There’s nothing better than Paris in the spring. After all, Audrey Hepburn did say, “Paris is always a good idea”. How about a babymoon in Paris in the spring?! As soon as we found out that we were expecting Remy, we knew we had to do a major trip just for the two of us. We decided on Paris because we love that city so much! We also found an amazing deal that we couldn’t pass up: $499 per person for a 4-night stay in Paris, including airfare and a room at a 4-star hotel!! I would definitely recommend checking out Travelzoo, since they scour the internet for the best travel deals.
This is our 1-year anniversary of our trip to the City of Light and I wanted to do an overview of the highlights! This is our second time in Paris (the first time was right after we got engaged in London <3), so we explored the path less traveled. It was a great experience and the perfect way to celebrate our love before we became a family of three.
Montmartre, Paris, France
The first time we went to Paris, we stayed in the city center, just a block away from the Arc de Triomphe. This time, we decided to stay away from some of that hustle and bustle and stayed in Montmartre, located in the 18th Arrondissement. It is home to the Bascilica of the Sacré-Coeur and is known for its artistic history, upscale cafes and shops, and old village charm. We loved strolling the brick-paved streets, holding hands and watching artists at work or people sipping café au laits.
Wall of Love (Le Mur des Je T’aime)
The Wall of Love is located in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre, Paris, France – right down the street from our hotel! It’s a love-themed wall where the phrase, “I love you” is written 311 times in 250 languages. The red splashes on the wall represent parts of a broke heart, which makes up a whole heart when gathered together. It was fun to people watch and try to find “I love you” in English, Vietnamese and Tagalog!
La Cuisine Paris – French Macaron Cooking Class
When you first walk into La Cuisine Paris, your nostrils are overwhelmed by this amazing smell! You smell roasting duck, baking baguettes and rising French macarons. It was heavenly! Prior to this trip, I’ve attempted to make French macarons and have had more failures than successes. So Chris thought it would be a great idea for me to actually learn from the French!
This class was taught in English (macarons are already hard enough without the class being in the French language lol) and it was an intimate setting of about 10 people and 1 instructor. Each pair of students made a different filling while the instructor demonstrated. We made pistachio filling, but also learned how to make chocolate ganache, pineapple jam, and vanilla buttercream. Even better, we learned BOTH methods of how to make macarons: the French and Italian method.
At the end of the class, you go around the table and choose from the macarons that your classmates have made in order to fill your bakery box so you have a good variety of colors and flavors! Overall, the class was fun and easy to follow along. I’ve made French macarons since then and even though they look the same, they don’t taste quite the same. Maybe it needs some French air or something. 😉
Angelina – the BEST hot chocolate
Imagine a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Melted. In a cup. That’s your hot chocolate from Angelina’s. Drool. This hot chocolate is TO DIE FOR. If you have time, we definitely recommend dining in. The line is a little bit long, but nothing beats the experience of sipping the superb hot chocolate with a side of fresh whipped cream, taking in the Art Deco decor and classic ambiance.
Palais Garnier – Paris Opera House
When you enter Palais Garnier, you feel like you just entered a castle. Or the set of Phantom of the Opera. It is so grand and ritzy with sweeping marble staircases, luxurious chandeliers and painted ceilings. The architecture is breathtaking and can rival the Palace of Versailles (we went in 2014) in terms of its opulence. We saw a ballet here from our velvet box seats and it was an amazing experience!
Musée de l’Orangerie
Since we did the major museums the first time we went to Paris in 2014 (like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay), we focused on the smaller, yet still impressive Musée de l’Orangerie for this trip. This museum is known for its impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Everything about this museum is like walking into an impressionist painting: its location in a tree-lined section of the Tuileries Gardens to the awesome skylights that drench this museum in natural light. The main attraction at this museum is the collection of Claude Monet’s Nymphéas, or Water Lillies, which seems to float in bright oval rooms. The experience was serene and calming. The only hard part was getting a photo of the entire canvas without another tourist walking in. 🙂
Les Apôtres de Pigalle
While there is no bad meal in Paris, I wanted to highlight the last dinner we had on our trip. From the welcoming and friendly atmosphere to the intimate placement of the tables, this entire meal was French, through and through. They only take reservations at two set times each night so you are not rushed and you are able to enjoy and savor your delicious dishes. The owners were very energetic and passionate about their food as they explained each item on the menu in enticing detail. The small place was bustling with laughter, clinking glasses and conversation as socialization was encouraged between tables. We sat next to an older couple who was from Germany and we had amazing conversation with them. They even gave us parenting tips since they have grown children!
The meal itself consisted of tapas and we had almost everything on the menu (some things we had twice!): truffle mac and cheese, pan-seared duck breast with quinoa, chocolate souffle with salted caramel, nutella tiramisu, and so much more!
Overall, this was a very memorable babymoon. Remy was jumping for joy in my womb with the great food and treats. 🙂 I enthusiastically recommend taking some time for you and your partner before your baby arrives. It’s a great way to relax and focus on just you before you are no longer the priority in your life. Have you taken a babymoon or planning one? I would love to hear where you went and what you did to celebrate your growing family!