Let the trip of a lifetime story begin :).
After flying overnight from Toronto to Paris, we were tired. Dragging our luggage to the train station, travelling into the city, and then walking from the Saint-Michel Notre Dame RER station to our hotel in the Latin Quarter left us exhausted. However, when I walked out onto the street from the RER and looked up to see Notre Dame Cathedral right in front of me, it hit me that I was actually in Paris, and intense emotions suddenly welled up inside me as I realized that my dream was actually coming true. At that point, we didn’t care that we hadn’t slept in over 24 hours. It was time to explore!!
We checked into our hotel, the Villa Pantheon, and were immediately enchanted. As expected, our room was tiny as they all are in Europe, but the charm, tradition, and atmosphere of this hotel was just what we had hoped for. Walking into our room, we threw open the large windows and gazed in amazement up and down the rue des Écoles and listened with smiles on our faces to the sounds of Paris. Here are some photos of our hotel:
As we headed out onto the street to start our Paris adventure, it started to rain (the only rain we got while in Paris I might add), so we made a dinner detour just down the street. Our hotel and the Pizza Roma restaurant had been recommended by my blogging buddy, TBM, and I can’t thank her enough because her recommendations were awesome! At Pizza Roma we were seated in the window under an awning – not near the window but IN the window – so that we could hear, see, and smell the city around us. It was so damn romantic, just like you always expect Paris to be.
Stay tuned for scenes from our first stroll around Paris, but until then let me leave you with one of the first photos I took from our hotel room which I fell in love with. It just has Paris written all over it don’t you think?