Oh Paris ! You were everything I expected and more. Robinson and I were very happy to finally meet you. Just in case you were wondering what we did, what we ate and what we saw, I put together a personal guide to the city of lights. From enjoying a picnic at the Eiffel Tower to finding the best, most breathtaking view of the city, check out my guide to Paris below.
TO SLEEP: Airbnb. Paris is a very popular destination with the website and has thousands of listings. We probably could have found a hotel for the same daily rate but in our budget, it wouldn’t come with a premium view to the Eiffel Tower or the most adorable and intimate little balcony. We could have saved even more money had we not stayed at such a central area ( we were just a 15 min walk from Arc de Triomphe ) but we just fell in love with the apartment and convenience was a top prioritiy for us when choosing lodging.
TO SEE: This could be a very long paragraph so I’ll try to keep it short. Also, many may disagree from my Paris “must-sees” but I figured if this is my guide I can suggest whatever the heck I want. This category is for contemplative activities rather than active ones. For active stuff, scroll down to “TO DO”. Also, keep in mind that I can’t recommend things I didn’t experience so if my list is missing a major tourist attraction, please forgive me. Arc du Triomphe, Jardin du Tuileries, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum, Sacre Coeur. Instead of waiting in line to get up on the tower, climb up to the dome at the Sacre Coeur. The view is breathtaking and well worth the hike.
TO EAT: The best meals we had were at little bistros we passed by on our way home from a full day of walking when we were either too hungry or tired to be picky. We had reservations at LÓiseau Blanc at The Peninsula and even though the view was phenomenal with the tower all beautiful and lit-up, there was nothing truly special about the food itself. It was very romantic, nevertheless. But the most expensive meal by far. Next time we’ll skip the fancy stuff. So rather than suggesting exact places where to eat I prefer suggesting what foods to look for:
Snacks: Fresh Croissant and baguettes, cheeses, hotdog panini, croque monsieur, Entrees: Duck ( I had several duck dishes at multiple places and they were all amazing), Burgers ( I swear it’s the cheese, so good! ), Steak and Fries. Dessert: French macaroons.
TO DO: Get lost in Montmatre. Pick up a picnic basket ( or have one delivered to you ) on your way to the Eiffel Tower. Walk around and drink at Les Marais on a Sunday evening. Also on Sundays, explore the street markets (they are everywhere). Sit outside at any corner restaurant, order a glass of wine ( any wine ) and people watch. In fact, drink a lot of wine. Take day trips to nearby destinations such as Versailles and Giverny. Buy a baguette or croissant to go and eat it while sitting on a bench outside. Stop and listen to street musicians like these guys. Buy cheap wine at the closest grocery shop and have a cheese and wine “feast” at your apartment or hotel room.
TO BUY: You can never bring enough wine home. Their wine is cheap and excellent. Next time I plan on bringing an extra suitcase just for the wine bottles. When I travel I’m big on enjoying the moment and spending my cash on great food and treating myself rather than shopping for souvenirs or material things. It hasn’t always been that way but I’m learning.