The slight mayhem we encountered getting back from Versailles kind of derailed the dinner plans we had for our last night. Our initial plans were to have dinner at Marche des Enfant Rouges – Paris’ oldest covered market built in 1615.
The market has around 20 food stalls with dishes from all around the world from Moroccan to Caribbean. It’s a popular spot among locals in Paris. Unfortunately, by the time we managed to get there, out of breath, it was closed.
We ended up walking for blocks and blocks and literally stumbled into a Thai restaurant near the 11th arrondissement – quite a ways from where we had started. It turned out to be unexpectedly delicious! After dinner, we picked up some pastries and headed to Le Marais District. Le Marais is a historic district in Paris that is très chic! Unfortunately we didn’t have very much time to explore because most of the shops were closed by the time we got there. A and I went to Place des Vosges to enjoy our pastries. Place des Vosges is the oldest and most beautiful square in Paris. The perimeter of the square is made up of red brick and stone houses. Below the houses is an arcaded covered walkway lined with art galleries, shops, and cafes. To finish off the night, we headed back to the Eiffel Tower to catch one last glimpse.
The next morning, after checking out from our apartment, A and I had our last coffee at Le Grand Cerf, which was just around the corner from where we were staying. As A pointed out, it was an ironic way to end our trip because it was the same place we had our first coffee when we landed in Paris. Although the emotions were slightly different when we were having our first coffee – eager and excited – we were equally excited and content as we reflected on the amazing week we just had. I thought I loved Paris before but after this trip, I am head over heels. We can’t wait to be back again! Cheesy as it may be, I really did leave a piece of my heart in Paris.