The two of us have a full day together in Paris today. Our first stop is Pho Banh Cuon 14 on Avenue de Choisy where we order a couple of large bowls of special pho and they fill us up. We then get on the metro to start our tour of Paris.
Our first stop is Galerie Vivienne in the 2nd District near the Louvre. This mall is inside a typical classic Paris building where glasses had been put on the roof to let the light stream in. It has shops, antique store, and restaurants but unfortunately, the mall is under some kind of remodeling and most of the store windows are covered up with canvases. We move on.
The Trocadero metro station is where people get off to take photos of the magnificent Eiffel Tower so it’s always crowded, but I know a street nearby where there is no crowd and the Eiffel Tower is framed neatly between two rows of beautiful buildings so we go there. Avenue de Camoens is only a block from Trocadero and the view of the Eiffel Tower is fantastic.
One block west of Avenue de Camoens is Place du Costa Rica traffic circle on which a beautiful café with purple chairs called Le Franklin is located. We sit and enjoy our cappuccinos while watching people going by.
Place du Costa Rica traffic circle
Galerie Vivienne in Paris
Avenue de Camoens is a perfect place to take pictures with the Eiffel Tower in the background
Le Franklin Cafe
Le Franklin Restaurant
The purple chairs are so attractive so we sit here to have coffee
Since I’d made a 2:00 PM reservation for lunch at the Chez Francis Restaurant, we start walking from the café, turn on Avenue de New York to walk along the right bank of the Seine River toward the restaurant, a pleasant troll that takes about 20 minutes. We walk under rows of linden, chestnut, and mimosa trees while admiring Paris architecture. We linger at the white Modern Arts Museum, before moving on to the restaurant.
Paris Museum of Modern Arts
Stairways near Avenue de New York
The Chez Francis Restaurant on the right bank of the Seine River sits at the edge of a busy intersection which connects to the other bank by the Alma Bridge. A replicate of the Statue of Liberty flame is at one end of the bridge and attracts crowds of tourists and tour buses. The other end of the bridge leads to the Eiffel Tower.
The Chez Francis Restaurant is at a fortunate location because it has a clear view of the Eiffel Tower in a city full of tall trees. Our outdoor table is just perfect with nothing seemingly between us and the Eiffel Tower. We take our time enjoying our burger and sandwich, and take a few pictures whenever we happen to look up at the Eiffel Tower.
Paris scenery, American foods
Chez Francis Restaurant
Chez Francis Restaurant has a great view of the Eiffel Tower
We have a great table here
Jacques Chirac Museum
Plants are thriving on the museum exterior walls
Eiffel Tower being roped off
The famous pyramid of the Louvre
A beautiful sight
Leaving the restaurant, we walk across the Alma Bridge then along the tree-lined Quai Branly pass Museum Jacque Chirac where the architect has let a variety of vines and plants to climb on the building exterior walls all the way to the roof creating a very pleasant and calming sight.
Taking the metro to dinner
So many things to see in this garden
Eiffel Tower at night
Then we come to the base of the Eiffel Tower but it is roped off for construction so up close, the sight is a little messy but tourists continue to come and go.
A short metro ride takes us to the Louvre. We don’t go inside because we have been here a few times before. We instead walk out of the museum to Garden Tuileries where we grab some chairs, sit down relax, enjoy the trees, flowers, fountains, and throngs of people walking by.
It’s 6:00 PM when we decide to head back to our hotel room, change, and get ready for dinner.
Walking through the Garden Tuileries
Lee and Bo in front of the Notre Dame
Saint Michel Fountain
Our last dinner on this trip is on Paris’ Left Bank. We get off at the Saint Michel metro station and join a crowd of people milling around the Saint Michel Fountain. All the little streets around the Saint Severin Restaurant are full restaurants, shops, street vendors, performers and tourists. The sight and sound is so lively. We love it.
After dinner and before we head back to the hotel to pack, we stop by Trocadero Square to see the lights dancing on the Eiffel Tower one more time. This city is so lovely!
The Left Bank is crowded
A candy store among the restaurants and souvenir shops