Luckily, Stuttgart has a fast train to Paris that takes only 3 1/2 hours. The train travels at nearly 200 mph at its peak, which makes for a quick trip through the French countryside.
Stepping off of the train in Paris, we hopped on the Metro and arrived at our hotel between Opera and Place Vendome, an area we had not explored on our previous trips. Matt made sure a few of Kristin's favorite things were awaiting her in the room.
|Laduree macaroons and flowers? Oui! Merci!|
|I usually paint rooms a single color. Flowers work too.|
On our second day we headed to Montmartre to check out the view of Paris and the Sacre Coeur. The weather was ... interesting -- super windy, mixed with downpours. And it was a bit of a hike up hill for the pregnant lady from the Metro station. But with all of our apartment stair climbing, she successfully conquered the ascent up a few hundred stairs. We rewarded ourselves with a delicious brunch at La Boite aux Lettres after wandering around the crowded streets for a few minutes.
Our afternoon was spent at the Musee D'Orsay. Kristin received her best pregnancy-related benefit to date when the guards allowed us to skip the hour-long security line. The museum is an old railway station that had been converted into a gallery housing mostly impressionist and post-impressionist works. The beautiful architecture alone was enough to warrant a visit.
|Enjoying the view.|
|If the coat don't fit ... you should probably let that lady skip the security line.|
We took the sweets challenge to heart and embarked on a private chocolate, pastry and bread tour of Paris with Carine from Tours for Foodies. We wandered through the Left Bank for more than 3 hours, stopping at 8 chocolate, pastry and bread specialty stores. She did an amazing job describing the sweets and why they were the best Paris had to offer in that particular category. Our final stop was La Grande Epicerie, a fabulous and comprehensive gourmet food store in the center of Paris. Matt grabbed a few kinds of cheese to eat with his baguette and we headed home to Stuttgart with our bellies totally full.
|Matt's favorite from La Maison du Chocolat -- The Traviata|