So, obviously, many things have changed in the past 18 months. Travel has changed. I’m not going to go into all of that right now, but traveling has become significantly more complicated. But, here we are.
Our itinerary for this trip is as follows:
Paris to champagne to Burgundy to Rhone to Nice then home (about 2 weeks total). Honestly, I’m not even sure how many nights we are in each place. I know that we will be moving. ALOT. Justin has prepared me for that. We did not bring James on this trip. Besides the fact that he is in school, this is a more “adult” trip than we have taken in a while. Lots of wining and dining.
Our travel to Paris went extremely smoothly, considering all the extraneous factors that have made international travel more complicated. To enter France, you have to be vaccinated (I’m pretty sure. I’ll have to confirm with Justin, but he’s sleeping). This was not a problem for us. We also had to get an app on our phone with our vaccine information that is used in France. This “safe travel” passport gives a QR code that needs to be presented at restaurants and museums etc. Justin can speak more about this because, from what he told me, it was a pain in the butt.
Anyway, we flew Delta from New Orleans to Atlanta and then Air France from Atlanta to Paris. There were no issues at all. Business class to Paris was nice and we were able to get a few hours of sleep before landing.
We landed around 6:30 am Paris time. It was dark and rainy. Luckily, we were able to check into out hotel right away. We are staying at the Park Hyatt Vendome. It is super fancy. We have stayed here before (about 7 years ago…I was pregnant for James). We got a status upgrade with points and have a beautiful suite.
Per the leader of the anti-jet lag task force (aka Justin), we should not go to sleep right away. Blah blah blah. We went to have a quick hotel breakfast (included in the room) and around 11am took a 3 hour nap….but no longer 🙃
After that, we did a whirl wind tour of Paris highlights. The Paris Opera House, The Lourve, the Arc de Triumph (which is covered in wrapping for some unknown reason), and the Eiffel Tower.
After many steps and Subway rides, it was time to do a quick change for dinner.
For dinner, we ate at the Four Seasons at a restaurant called L’Orangerie. It was outstanding. It was a 7 course tasting menu. Each course was better than the next.
I’m not going to elaborate on each one because half the time, I didn’t know what I was eating.
With full bellies, we headed back to the hotel.
A couple of things to add: It is Paris Fashion week right now. I know you are surprised, but that’s not why we placed this trip. It has caused some issues getting around because some areas are blocked off.
It’s rumored that Cardi B was staying in our hotel.
I forgot that my blowdryer brush is the wrong voltage so expect my hair to get significantly worse as the week goes by unless I can find a reasonable solution.
And, lastly, I’m trying to post Instagram stories. I’ve never done it before. I feel like my mom when I was trying to teach her how to copy and paste. 🤪
I’m doing my best and hopefully they improve throughout the trip.