J’Adore Paris. Paris was our final destination of our girls Europe trip, and it did not disappoint. I had been to Paris years ago, and it was in February so my experience was cold, and wet. I am very happy to have made it back there and it was a completely different experience. There is a certain feeling about Paris; you can just tell you are in this incredible city. Coming from Rome and then Saint Tropez, it was definitely a change of pace. It threw us off slightly at first, but after a few days it was one of those places you don’t want to leave. Again, I would love to go back and spend a longer period of time there.
Paris is huge; I really had no idea how big it was. We walked soo much (like 25,000 steps a day much), and there is a ton to see. If you are into the tourist sites, then Paris is definitely a must… however if you are into the food, fashion and culture scene, then Paris is also a must. It basically meets on all travel needs. Because I had been to Paris previously we spent more time ‘experiencing’ the city versus going into all the sites. We would walk to all of them, but then stop at the street-facing cafés for a croissant and cappucino, or take lunch breaks with wine and French cuisine. For sure over ate here.
We spent close to 5 days in Paris (4 full days, and two half days on either side). It was nice having that length of time, I started to feel like I was getting to know the city better, and by the last few days it felt more relaxed as we weren’t jamming the days full anymore.
One of the highlights from the trip was our evening in Montmatre. First off, that area in itself is so pretty and need to spend more time there my next visit. While we were walking around, we stumbled across a Christian Dior event which was hosting big name fashion bloggers, such as Song of Style and Negin. Our fashion obsessed selves went crazy, so of course we decided to sit with a couple of bottles of rose and watch everyone come through for the event, and snapped a pic with Aimee Song herself!
Getting there: we flew into Charles Du Gualle, and grabbed a cab to our hotel. The metro is very easy to get into the city there, but we had an early flight and didn’t feel like trying to figure it out.
Where to stay: there are so many options. We stayed in Villa Luxembourg, which was very central and close to many restaurants, shops, metro stations and right near the beautiful Luxembourg gardens.
Transportation: you can pretty much walk or take the metro everywhere. It’s very easy to get around
What to do: the list is huge and you can’t go wrong with just walking because you’ll stumble across so many destination spots & sites.
- Eiffel Tower (we grabbed cheese, and baguette and picnicked under the Eiffel tower)
- The Louvre
- Montmatre (the full area has a lot of great restaurants, and cute streets – very trendy)
- Notre Dame
- Arc de Triomphe
- Champs a lysee
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Chateau de Versailles (very easy to get to, but go early in your day as they shut down certain areas earlier)
Where to eat/drink: for breakfast we generally posted up at a café, and grabbed a croissant and cappucino. Some places to mention are:
- Les Deux Magots (croissants were so flaky and delish)
- Café de Flore (super yummy hot chocolate… I had wine, but tasted my friends lol)
- Pink Mama (we waited 2.5 hours for this Italian spot; *highly* recommend, but get there as soon as it opens to put your name down, and go sit for drinks in the area around)
- Le Perchoir (really trendy/boho rooftop bar – you can tell it’s very local)
- Le Select (go for the escargot)
- Le Philosophes (the quiche OMG, and litres of rose… we went there twice, it was so good)
Some places recommended to me or were on our list that we didn’t get a chance to try:
- L’Ami Jean – French bistro
- Rue Cler
- Hotel Amour – looks soo cute!
- Hotel Costes
- Café Charlot
- Café De La Post
Do you have any other recommendations?! Leave below!