Maybe Liechenstein – Part 2 (February 2017)
As I mentioned previously, I’ve been to Paris many times, but it had been a while since I spent more than a day there. I ended up having the equivalent of three full days there (midday Monday to midday on Thursday) and I tried to fit in as much as possible. Much of my time was spent running around between monuments, and finding delicious vegan restaurants to try.
Although Paris has a pretty decent metro system, I decided to walk most places. I always enjoy walking around a city if I can since it gives me a much better sense of the city, and sometimes you stumble upon fun surprises. Luckily the weather cooperated and although it wasn’t sunny, the overcast sky gave the city a cozy mood.
Some of the monuments I made it to this time included the Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, la Rue Cremiux, the Pantheon, Moulin Rouge, the Luxembourg Gardens, and of course the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t actually go inside any of them, choosing instead to admire some of the tourist magnets from the outside. I didn’t mind to much because I have been to most of them before and I’m not a huge fan of standing in lines. There were a few other places I would have liked to stop by, like the Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle, but I’ll get those next time.
The one place I actually did go inside was the Louvre. Despite the number of times I’ve visited Paris, something has always gotten in the way of me heading in to the Louvre. This time I was determined to see the inside of the museum and planned to go on Wednesday evening, as it was open later and tended to be less crowded in the evening. As luck would have it, I made a new friend on the way to the museum, and older gentleman named Gerald. He had some kind of job with the city and was able to get into all the museums for free and offered to take me around the Louvre. It was great to have someone knowledgeable show me around. We spent a few hours seeing the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrac, Great Sphinx of Tanis, and many of the other treasures. This experience reminded me that sometimes it’s nice to be nice.
Other than the Louvre, I have to say the other memorable moment in Paris was having high tea at the Shangri-La. They recently introduced a 100% vegan high tea and it was on my radar. Even going in with high expectations, the tea service blew me away! It wasn’t cheap, at 45€ for the tea(I think it might have gone up since then,) but you are eating at a luxury 5 star resort. This was my big splurge got the trip, and it was 100% worth it. First off, the amount of food you get could have lasted me the whole day (in fact, except for breakfast, it was the only meal I ate) and I would actually recommend splitting it between 2 people, it’s that much. You can just order a separate second cup of tea. The only downside it that you only get one of each of the treats, so you’d have to find some way to split those. The quality and creativity of the chef was amazing! Most people would not have even suspected that all of the pastries were vegan.
I could go on and on about the tea, but the rest of the food I ate in Paris was no slouch. There has been an explosion of vegan options since my last visit and I’m already looking forward to going back and trying some of the ones I couldn’t get to on this trip. Some of the great restaurants and cafes I did make it to included Paradis Marguerite, Brasserie 2eme Art, Cloud Cakes, Cafe Ginger, and Vegan Folies. You can read more about them in my blog post on Vegan Travel.
I had a wonderful time in Paris, but all too soon I was packing up and heading back to the airport for the next stop of the adventure.