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Slept through our Alarm in Paris  

There are days when you just don't hear the alarm. Guess what happened on our second day in Paris, of all the days to miss our alarm. Because of that, we had to postpone our first activity of the day. We felt so bad as our teacher waited for us; we're supposed to have an art class that morning. 

I've underestimated the power of jet-lag with a mixture of huge time difference from California. A perfect mixed that makes you sleep non-stop till ten o'clock in the morning. We woke up dazed, confused then reality kicked in. Let's go!

For our flight ticket, we were able to snatch a good deal by comparing prices in Skyscanner.

Our hotel was booked with Booking. com. It made it easier to compare low prices.

Monday, October 14
Address: 45 Rue du Docteur Babinski 18th arr. 75018 Paris France 

5 days, 4 nights: 275 euros (2 pax)

Activities for the day: take an art class, see the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the River Seine and try a sunset rooftop bar.

The art class was postponed. Make sure you get enough sleep and reserve some time to adjust. 

Revised Activities for the day: Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Walking around River Seine and Jazz Night.

Aside from visiting the Eiffel Tower, checking out an Antique Bazaar and Dining at Rue Cler Market there's more to see of Paris. Our first stop for the day was the Louvre Museum. We took an uber ride to the nearest street to the museum and walk ourselves to the busy streets of Paris.

My husband and I along with a close friend of mine made up our travel group for this trip.  We took Uber for all our activities in Paris as it saved us considerable travel time around the city.  Every minute counted!  We divided the cost of each ride between the three of us.

Uber rides: 15-25 euros

 I just love the street signs in Paris.

This is the pedestrian lane that leads to one of the most famous museums in the world.

There it is the very iconic triangular structure in the country.

Louvre Museum
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

My husband wanted to see the museum as it reminded him of his sister's favorite cartoon show. I'm also interested to see this place especially after reading Dan Brown's book which was set in Paris. It's amazing how the place looked like compared to my imagination when reading the book, almost the same in some way without the suspense and mystery.

We played around here like preschoolers. I love just how my husband plays around like there's no one looking, you're the best babe!

They told me when I was single to travel the world as much as I can, and life will never be the same when you get married. I thought to myself it doesn't have to be that way. Now that I'm married I love having a partner for life for all my adventures. We have no plans on stopping our travels, even if we have kids, maybe selective dates and activities but we're still going to explore the world together. It might be different in so many ways but I like the levels of my travels from single to having someone and then eventually having kids. My gang will grow soon but for now, we're enjoying our time together as a couple.

Centre Dominique-Vivant Denon, Porte des Arts 

The whole square around the museum fills your eyes with amazing architectural designs. Here my husband show's off his karate moves out in the open. 

We exited the square at a different corner of the street. 

Only a Filipino will understand the humor behind this photo.

I love the composition of this photo. It shows different ways of traveling.

Walking around Paris is very entertaining for me. I feel like I'm enjoying myself more from the things that I see compared to going to tourist sites. 

Pont du Carrousel
Address: Pont du Carrousel, 75007 Paris, France

Just chillin' here watching people passed by with the Siene River on both sides of the road. Walking around Paris has been a great exercise for me, we walked all day long looking around town.

Porte des Lions

This is just on the other side of the street we were seated at, the buildings in Paris are just very outstanding. It's like seeing my encyclopedia pictures back in the days in real life now.

Something I find interesting here is the cafes, all the chairs outside the cafe are facing the street. I never knew people-watching is great past-time here in Paris. It was weird for me to face the street and not seeing the person I'm talking to. I can't complain as my Coffee paired with a delectable Creme Brulee was made with perfection.

Notre Dame Cathedral
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

The cathedral was still under renovation when we went to visit it. The fire that recently happened devoured a great portion of the structure. We didn't get to see what's inside the cathedral but seeing the intricate designs of the building was good enough for me.

Another highlight of my day is Souvenir Shopping. At the corner of the cathedral, there are plenty of souvenir stores to choose from. Look at what we've found, we didn't get to see Mona Lisa in painting at the Louvre Museum but for me, this is another cool way to see her. We got t-shirts, a musical box, and fridge magnets. 

La Fontaine Saint Michel 
Address: 11 Place Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France

There's always something to see that is surprisingly beautiful just around the corner. This beautiful fountain was right next to the street we're heading to, and we met a Filipino-Canadian couple who graciously took our photos. Both of them we're from traveling all around Europe for two weeks. It was a wake-up call for the three of us, from that day on we made sure to drink lots of water and a daily dose of Vitamin C all throughout the trip.

Rue de la Huchette 75005 Paris

Sunset at a Rooftop Bar got canceled.  It turns out they close during the off-season due to the weather being too cold.  Wonder why they can't just put some heaters up there?  Instead of whining about it we bought tickets for a Jazz night performance. The Jazz band started late so we had plenty of time to walk around and have dinner. It felt like this a hidden gem of Paris, it wasn't that crowded with tourist and I love it just that way.

Jazz Night at Le Caveau de la Huchette
Address: 5 Rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris, France
Ticket: 13 euros

The band played in an underground bar where local Parisian's dances all night long. Each dancer showed off their moves but only one couple stands out. They danced effortlessly and you know from the smile on their faces that this is just another night of having fun. We sang along with the band with whatever lyrics we can make out from their songs. No one was driving so each one of us had a beer on hand. It was a great way of ending the night with good music and good company.

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more information about our Europe adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Siena, Italy and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.