Pocky and I spent two fabulous days in Paris. Once our night train from Scotland arrived in London, we hopped the subway to St. Pancras and the eurostar to Paris. We arrived in the late morning and took the subway to the Marriott on the Champs-Elysees. The hotel is beautiful and situated in the middle of the high-end shopping district. I enjoyed the hotel, but tons of people were on the streets even at 4am, so when we were walking around the amount of people felt oppressive.
One of my favorite areas of Paris is Rue de la Madeleine, partially because that is where one can find the fabulous shops Fauchon and Hediard, plus wonderful outdoor cafés and restaurants including Le Vert est Mieux (Green is Better). The Latin Quarter and Place St. Michel are my other favorite districts. Gibert Jeune bookstore at Place Saint-Michel is a massive four or five story bookstore, full of books in French (shocking). While I was there I picked up quite a few books and also at Eyrolles Librairie on Boulevard Saint Germain.
Pocky and I took a night cruise on La Seine in the brisk air and there was a slight drizzle. Paris at night is amazing with views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral plus many other sights and fabulous architecture.
It was a few days before Christmas and the Holiday Markets were set up on Champs-Elysées, they are open from 11 AM to 8 PM. All across Europe there are streets lined with booths filled with food, mulled wine, oils, soaps, toys, textiles, etc. during the winter holidays. It is really beautiful at night with the vibrant lights.
We had great meals at Goo Sushi and Le Vert est Mieux (Green is Better) in the Champs- Elysees area.
On our second day we took the train to le Château de Versailles, unfortunately we had a bit of a late start and only toured the Château and had a quick view of the gardens. I wish we would have had more time, but it was a fabulous experience.