We're well into our 7-week European adventure, and so excited to start sharing some of the amazing places we've stayed and the awesome experiences we have had! Our first stop on the trip brought us to Paris - the city of love, the city of light, whatever it's referred to. Doesn't matter, because it is ALL of those things! We fell head-over-heals in love and cannot wait to come back (in fact we're debating changing our itinerary next month for another week in Paris before we leave!) For the first part of our time in Paris, we stayed in Le Marais, but the second part of the week we stayed at Hôtel Monge in the Latin quarter of the city's 5th arrondissement. This beautiful boutique hotel on the left bank was once a family home, but is now an impressively restored, beautiful designed boutique hotel with 30 rooms. The balcony from our room was the thing that Parisian dreams are made of, and the hotel's close proximity to the Place Monge metro station (just a 5-minute walk) made this place the perfect spot to stay to end our time in Paris. Add in a beautiful European breakfast spread, stunning interiors and modern French charm, and you've got a wonderful hotel that we're excited to share! Check out "A day in Paris with Hôtel Monge" below and click here to book your stay!
A Day in Paris with Hôtel Monge
There's no time for sleeping in when you've got the entire city to explore! Coffee and criossants on our balcony are the perfect motivation needed to get us out of bed and ready to tackle Paris!
Notre Dame Cathedral is the perfect destination for a morning stroll. Walking is the best way to discover Paris, in our opinion, and the early morning is a great way to avoid the crowds as well. Notre Dame is only 10 minutes walking from Hôtel Monge, so it's the perfect spot for a quick morning sight-see. A little stop for some fresh flowers on the way, of course!
Back to the Hotel to freshen up and rest a little before we head out again!
Back on foot for a walk up to the trendy Le Marais neighborhood for lunch! Paris sidewalk cafes are the perfect way to spend a leisurely lunch and plan your next move (or just sip wine and people watch), and Le Marais is full of them! It's less than a 20-minute walk back to the hotel, so we stopped by our room to grab a few things before heading to the metro station to continue our Paris adventures!
Down to the metro and up to Montmartre! We stopped at the Moulin Rouge to say we did, and then a slow walk up the hill of the 18th arrondissement with macarons in hand to check out Montmartre! Wandering around this charming neighborhood for hours is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Ok- so generally when we travel we don't go back to the hotel 20 times a day, but with Hôtel Monge's perfect location it was so convenient to swing back by the room again to freshen up, change clothes (have a quick drink from the honesty bar), and regroup before heading to the Eiffel tower for sunset!
No one needs an explanation on what the Eiffel tower is, but it's worth saying that you can admire this iconic French structure from many angles. This evening we chose to hang out and drink wine on the stairs above the Jardins du Trocadéro before making our way down to the Carousel and eventually back to the Hotel- ready to fall asleep and tackle another day in Paris!
Thanks for joining us for A Day in Paris with Hôtel Monge!
Adventures away! -Zach & Tara