Weekend in Paris - Day 1

One of the advantages of living in Dublin is that you can get to other fabulous places quickly.  We flew from Dublin to Paris Beauvais Airport (warning: you're in for a 1 hour plus bus ride if you opt for Ryanair).  For us, the bus ride was actually a nice way to see a bit of the countryside outside of Paris.
Before we knew it, we had arrived in the city with flowers and light everywhere.
We walked from Porte Maillot (the bus terminus) toward the Champs-Élysées.  Our first stop? A boulanger, of course!
This chocolate macaron brought tears to my eyes.  So good.
We continued our walk past another gorgeous flower shop and then settled into a cafe for some coffee.
People watching from a seat just inside the window almost made it worth the 4+ euro we paid for an itty bitty latte.
We eyed the Arc de Triomphe and then popped into the subway.
The Louvre Rivoli station is like an art exhibit in and of itself.
We walked through the neighborhood admiring the beautiful architecture on a crisp winter day.
I liked this image of a dog playing in a forbidden oasis of grass.
We walked toward the Forum des Halles and took a quick pass through this unique shopping area.
We popped out the other side and admired Église Saint-Eustache in the sunlight.
We found our way to Rue Montorgueil to check out the shops and cafes.
One of my favorite stops was L'Atelier du Chocolat.
Stohrer was an eye catching bakery.  We were in Paris in January and signature French Galette des Rois (King's Cake) were everywhere.
We saw a traditional seafood shop...
...and a cat salivating in eager anticipation across the street.
Even though it was a bit cold, we decided to sit outside for lunch at Au Compas d'Or since the sun was shining.
We toasted our weekend in Paris with a class of French wine, bœuf bourguignon and coq au vin.
We continued our walk after lunch and there was just something so objectionable about seeing a Euro Fried Chicken outlet in the midst of Paris' beauty.
We were walking to our hotel in Bastille and passed this provocative mural along the way.
We also saw these graceful spring sculptures bowing in the wind at a gallery along Place des Vosges.
We admired another source of fresh seafood complete with water free-flowing down the glass mirror...
...and a mini-park...
...before finally arriving at our home for the weekend Hotel Bastille de Launay.  

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