There’s something about just walking around in this city that is magnificent. The classic fashion, the romantic architecture, the divine food. It’s spectacular. There’s a feeling that you can’t quite explain. And so I won’t even try. Go to Paris.
Eats & Treats:
Le Bistrot d’Henri: In Saint Germain. At the recommendation of Well Traveled Couple (Ashlae & Thom of OhLadycakes). Quintessential French bistro. Tiny cozy quarters, incredible comfort food, dimly lit, fun atmosphere.
Pizza Chic: Pizza in Paris? Yes. Do it. This place was fantasmic. The pizzas were perfect. The drinks were fabulous. The server was adorable.
Ladurée: People, the macarons are BEYOND. Yes, they’re expensive. Because they’re worth it. They also serve a nice lunch and I’ve heard a wonderful dinner but they’re best for their macarons and pastries. Best flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Vanilla, Raspberry, and Orange Blossom.
Arnaud Larher: Try the little cakes, tarts and pastries. Especially the Tarte Citron. SO MUCH YUM. And that raspberry crumble tart in the second picture. The macarons aren’t quite up to the Ladurée standard.
Sights + A Day Trip:
Pere Lachaise: Paris’s famous cemetery of famous people. Chopin. Jim Morrison. Edith Piaf. Oscar Wilde. It is gorgeous. And haunting in a peaceful way. With wild graves and antique tombs. And it’s MASSIVE. It’s like the Louvre of cemeteries. So be prepared to stay a while.
Musée de l’Orangerie: Monet’s Water Lillies. WHAT.
Luxembourg Gardens: Flowers, statues, fountains, lawns for lounging, plenty of space to run.
Eiffel Tower: Obviously. Go to the top. It’s a fun time. When it’s not crazy busy. I personally think the view at night is nicer.
Louvre: Discount on Friday evenings if you’re under 26. But you’re going to need a whole day here. Or week. Yes, Mona Lisa is small & underwhelming but she’s still Mona Lisa. I go for the Raft of Medusa. Go in the evening to avoid crazy lines.
Notre Dame: I’ve never been inside. The lines have always been way too long and the outside is beautiful enough for me.
Giverny: I’ve been to Paris 3 times and Giverny 2 of those times. Because it’s enchanting. Both times were in May and everything was blossoming. Flowers. Flowers. Flowers. Flowers. Flowers.
Simrane: Gorgeous linens with hand block prints in the traditional Indian method. Scarves, pillow cases, blouses, bags, quilts, etc.
Le Marais: All the cute boutiques and hip shops & restaurants.
Hotel de L’Abbaye: Charming. Comfortable. Pricey. Incredible service. Incredible, complimentary breakfast. The basket of breads & pastries = perfection. In the middle of Saint Germain which is lovely, quiet, and clean. There’s a little market right around the corner.