Since we stayed 5 days in Paris, I thought I'd break it up into two parts so the post wouldn't be super long. We stayed in the Saint-Germain neighborhood along the Left Bank of the Seine. It is divided up - Right Bank (which houses the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe) and Left Bank (which houses the Orsay Museum, Jardin du Luxembourg & Eiffel Tower). We stayed at Hôtel de Fleurie, which was recommended by a business associate. It's a great neighborhood as it's clean, safe and fairly easy to maneuver around. The hotel is an adorable, authentic European hotel (i.e. tiny) but with modern accommodations.
After cutting our London trip short, Monday we headed on the Eurostar to Paris. It's about a 2 1/2 hour train ride. Fair warning: It's 4 seats facing each other so you'll have no leg room and you'll get really cozy with your neighbors across the aisle. Also, I recommend booking your ticket in advance because when we checked a week or so before our trip it was about half the price vs when we booked the day before. Monday was Irel's birthday so we went out to Les éditeurs in our neighborhood for her birthday dinner where she enjoyed a steak and I had some steamed veggies. (More on what I ate later!) Then afterwards we headed to the Eiffel Tower because... of course. It made the trip feel official.
More to come!