Thank you all so much for your amazing support and encouragement for my Paris Marathon experience. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already! It truly was amazing. I wanted to tell you about the rest of my trip because it was just as awesome! Be warned, this is a long post with A LOT of photos!
When I left off I was eating a burger….on a baguette and drinking a Heiniken on the street.
I was SHOCKED at how good I felt right after the race. I could actually walk without a lot of discomfort which had never happened after my first two marathons. So maybe my body is adjusting? Or maybe it was because I ran a lot slower than I have in the previous races? Not entirely sure. But I’ll take it. We walked back to our apartment and literally just stretched, rolled and relaxed. That evening we went out to a nice dinner at the Buddha Bar. My friend Ali met someone on the plane over that suggested we go here and that a lot of marathoners go here for dinner after the race, so that’s what we did. It was definitely the best meal we had the entire trip, and kind of funny since it was Asian food!
We sat at the bottom of a very long and steep staircase and we had a lot of fun trying to pick out the marathoners…it was quite obvious and humerous to see everyone trying to walk down the stairs. Made for some great entertainment!
The next day we had some serious sight seeing to do. On the agenda was the Palais Garnier and the Louvre. The Palais Garnier is one of the Opera Houses in Paris and was completed in 1875 at the request of Napolean III. I must say this was probably one of the highlights of our sight seeing. It was so grand and absolutely beautiful, I could have stayed here for hours looking at the architecture and exhibitions. It was truly amazing.
We did an audio tour of the Palais Garnier and it was great. It lasted about an hour and gave us all of the highlights, including the box of the Phantom of the Opera!
One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend it if you ever take a trip to Paris.
Next up we found some lunch and had a picnic by the Louvre..we grabbed a bottle of wine, found a cheap wine opener at a souvenir shop, grabbed a Croque Monsier and some crepes and enjoyed the people watching at the Jardin de Tuilleries.
We really lucked out with the weather when we were there. I don’t think it was overcast or rained once!! These may be the only food pics I snapped while we were there!
After lunch we went to the Louvre.
The Louvre is so incredibly big and we had limited time because we had tickets to the Moulin Rouge that night. We made a list of the MUST SEE attractions at the Louvre and then wandered around with a little extra time that we had. Our must sees….
Winged Victory of Samothrace: We thought it would be appropriate to get a pic with us and our marathon medals…it was Winged Victory of course!
The Mona Lisa of course….I was shocked at how small it was!
And the Venus de Milo
We saw a number of other small exhibits but had to rush pretty quickly through those as 4 girls needed to get back to the apartment to shower and great ready to go to the Cabaret!! We hitched a ride to a metro stop…
Pretty sure that was another one of the highlights. I’m not sure why we didn’t do this earlier in the week. The biker gave us a little tour and was totally crazy….it was so much fun!
Next up the Moulin Rouge. Totally touristy thing to do but I had heard great reviews. We bought tickets before we even arrived in Paris as we heard it sells out quickly. We had purchased tickets that included dinner so we got there at 7, ate dinner, watched the Pre-show and the Cabaret started at 9! They wouldn’t allow photos during the show however, so unfortunately you don’t get to see all the boobs that we go to see, lol. It was like a Vegas show, mostly topless. The acrobatics were very Cirque du Soleil like and pretty impressive!
Yep, we put 3 bottles of champagne and a bottle of wine away…we had fun
The next day we wanted to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and go to the Art district, Montmarte to do a little shopping!
Not before we got some more crepes though!
We arrived about 20 minutes after the tower opened because we had seen the lines got very long. We waited in line to buy our tickets for about 15 minutes and then headed up. There were 3 different levels to go on, and we wanted to do all 3!
View of the Eiffel Tower looking up from the bottom.
View of the Trocadero…
View of the Seine River…
Back down to safety at the bottom. I must say I’m not a big fan of heights. The first and second level didn’t bother me, but the third definitely did. I couldn’t get too close to the edge or else I started to get a little vertigo. While were were up on the third level an alarm sounded and a voice called over the loudspeaker, “The attraction has been closed due to a security issue. DO NOT PANIC.”……ummm, hello…what do you think happens when you tell people not to panic? People panic!! I must say I was a bit freaked out and may have seen my life flash before my eyes, but before you know it they said everything was fine and they re-opened the attraction. I do have to say there WAS an increased military presence around the base of the tower when we came back down, so not sure what was going on.
So in Paris there aren’t really any public restrooms and you can’t just walk into a restaurant and use them. But we did come across a few of these!
It even self-cleaned itself after each use…pretty cool!
Next we jumped on the metro and went to Montmarte for some lunch and shopping!
This was our last day and night in Paris, so after our long shopping escapades we headed back to the apartment. We stopped at a grocery store to pick a few things up because we were going to head to the Eiffel Tower around 11pm, have a picnic on the Trocadero and watch the twinkle show that happens every night at midnight!
And no race would be complete without my trademark…drinking champagne out of the bottle….cause I’m classy like that. Yea, I drank Dom Perignon straight from the bottle.
There you have it! I must say, I experienced little to no soreness after the marathon. I’m not sure if all of the walking around helped or what, but this was the easiest recovery I’ve EVER had. Or maybe it was bad but I was just so caught up in the experience that I didn’t even notice? Definitely a trip of a lifetime that I will NEVER forget.
The flight back to the states was very easy with a lay over in Iceland again and customs back home in DC was a breeze. This trip ended up being much easier than I ever could have anticipated and I’m ready to travel to Europe again! I’m planning my next International Marathon in the back of my mind of course….Rome? Athens? London? Who knows, but I WILL do another one!
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