Please, never let this Parisian adventure end.

Up early and out.

Found a new cafe that serves hot out of the oven croissants…what a mouthwatering way to start a day.

We walked the 2 miles to the Tuileries to the unbelievably impressive Place de la Concorde which is next to the next object of our desire, the recently opened Hotel de la Marine.

The walking route took us past the L’Opera Garnier and the elegant Place Vendome which featured an art installation by Alicja Kwade, an internationally renowned Berlin-based artist.

We arrived for our 10:30 admission time and we’re all alone in the mansion which resembles a mini Versailles.

The Hôtel de la Marine was originally the home of the royal Garde-Mobile, the office managing the furnishing of all royal properties. Following the French Revolution it became the Ministry of the French Navy, which occupied it until 2015.

It was entirely renovated for 135 million Euros between 2015 and 2021. It now displays restored 18th century apartments as well the salons and chambers later used by the French Navy.

Take the tour…the impressive views of Place de la Concorde dominate the experience.

We then strolled one of Paris’ stellar shopping districts, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.

We did a teensy bit of damage and fell in love with staff at Alexander McQueen.

Along the way we stopped in to pay our respects at Gucci, Dior, Balenciaga, Goyard and Balmain.

Lunch was at Kunitoraya, a tiny, adorable Japanese restaurant where we indulged in Udon and tempura.

People were lined up down the block to enjoy lunch.


Homeward bound in time for David to start his workday.

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