Our first stop this morning was the Oper Garnier house. It's a theatre that was built in the 1860's and dedicated to Emperor Napoleon III. We took a self guided tour for 12 euros - this has been on of the more impressive places I've seen in Paris:
^^No detail was spared in the Grand Foyer. This is the room where the Parisian's would gather during intermission.^^
^^The actual theatre seats 2,000 people.^^
^^Outside of Opera Garnier.^^
^^We took the metro to see the Arc De Triomphe, a memorial dedicated to soldiers who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.^^
^^Inside of the arc.^^
^^We actually took the metro back to our airbnb, took a couple hour nap (I'm fighting a darn cold!) then took came back to the Arc de Triomphe to walk the Champs and see all of the fancy stores. There was a crepe stand so we waited in line for a nutella/banana crepe. It was so so SO good. Remind me to eat more crepes this week.^^
^^We wanted to walk towards the Eiffel Tower in the evening since it twinkles on the hour (every hour) for 5 minutes after sun set. We were going to cross the Sien river and sit closer to the tower, but the view ended up being so good here that we sat here at 6:30PM hoping that the sun would set and the first set of lights would start at 7PM.^^
^^Alas! 7PM and the Eiffel Tower started sparkling. There were few people on the bridge with us and we snapped quite a few photos, then took the last few minutes taking in the romantic view.^^
We walked closer to the tower, went back to our place, and ate dinner in our neighborhood at a Greek restaurant. One of these days I'll take pictures of the area we're staying in because it's pretty cute. There are several street markets that we've walked along and have loved.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! If the sky is as clear as it was today we might climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I've been saving myself for lots of macrons too.