Hi, everyone! Today, I wanted to share with you pictures and tips from my wonderful trip to Paris. After hoping and praying, I am finally able to scratch Paris off my bucket list. Paris was everything I expected and more! I traveled with my two sisters on our yearly sister trip. I look forward to our trip each year and this particular one, I will never forget.
The first few words that pop in my head when I think about Paris are beautiful, charming, social, and historical. I loved walking around the most charming neighborhoods, watching as people spoke in French, sip on their espressos, and ate their croissants. I loved all the bakeries, cafes, and flower shops you see as you walk about the neighborhoods. Here are a few places that I enjoyed and tips for making the most out of this amazing experience.
Where to Stay:
Since our group was split up, I can provide insight on two different types of lodging in Paris. Half of our group stayed in an Airbnb in the cutest neighborhood called Nation. The owner of the cafe next door to our apartment was very friendly, and it was a convenient place to pick up a cup of espresso or tea and a fresh slice of bread. There were tons of restaurants close by, as well as a local pharmacy and grocery store. The best part about our location was how close we were to the train station. Since the train was down the street, it took us no time to get home after a long day of excursions and sightseeing.
Hotel Indigo– The other half of our group stayed at this hotel, which was absolutely beautiful. This is probably the biggest hotel room you can find in Paris. Hotel Indigo is located in the neighborhood called Opera which is where you may find mostly tourists. You won’t get the most authentic feel of living in Paris in this neighborhood, however, the cozy feel of this hotel is well worth it.
What to Wear:
Since we went in April, we expected rainy, but relatively warm weather. To our surprise, it did not rain and it was freezing cold. Here are some essential clothing items that you would need for a trip to Paris around this time of year:
Sweaters– A cozy sweater will make you feel comfortable when the weather drops.
Long sleeve shirts and scarf– We had to literally purchase an extra long sleeve shirt and a scarf. The weather fluctuated so much that it is better to be prepared.
A variety of jackets– Thank goodness my sister is around the same size as me, so we could share coats. She brought a jeans jacket and short jacket, and I brought a trench coat.
Shoes– We did a lot of walking and my feet definitely hurt. You don’t want to wear gym shoes, but you also want to be comfortable. A variety of shoes such as booties, flats, and even long boots are acceptable for this time of year.
What to Eat:The cafe next door to our Airbnb
We went to so many different restaurants in our local neighborhood, however, here are a few places that stood out.
Suzette Creperie– This restaurant is located in Le Marais (one of my favorite neighborhoods). The crepes are excellent. My sister’s fiancé ordered a turkey bacon, potato and pepper crepe that tasted very delicious. Funny enough, I was not very hungry and just ordered a light salad, which had a great dressing.
Angelina– I researched this bakery before we left for our trip. So many bloggers that have been to Paris said this was a must see! After hanging out at the Tuileries Garden, we went to taste the famous hot chocolate and macaroons. The hot chocolate was so rich! It literally tasted like a melted bar of chocolate in my mouth. At first, I was not sure it I liked it, but then I could not stop drinking it. This is something you must taste if you go to Paris.
What to Do:The Eiffel Tower
Visit the museum- We went to the Louvre, which is the largest museum in Paris. We could not possibly go throughout the entire museum in a day but we definitely went to see the Mona Lisa.
Shopping- Galeries Lafayettehas tons of designer brands. It was the most beautiful mall I have ever seen. We also went to a neighborhood called Le Marais. This neighborhood had streets and streets filled with boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The neighborhood was so cute! We kept finding beautiful bold doors to take a picture in front of it. Last area we went was to the Quai du Louvre. There you will find a strip of souvenir shops. We did this on our very last day in Paris.
Parks & Gardens- The Gardens of Versailles is absolutely breathtaking. You can spend hours walking around taking pictures and taking in the view. The Palace is equally beautiful and educational as well. I found myself intrigued of all the history that took place in the Palace. Tuileries Garden is such a beautiful place to walk around and take in nature. Right next door is the Place de la Concorde where we rode the Ferris wheel. The view from the top is indescribable.
Churches- Notre Dame de Paris: I could see this beautiful cathedral over and over again. The details on the outside of the building were exquisite. We did not get the chance to climb to the top of the church because the line was very long, but I would love the chance to visit it again. Another cathedral we did not get to see was the Sacre Couer, which I would definitely see on a future trip.
Eiffel Tower- We went there twice, once in the day time and once at night. At night, it lights up every hour and it is dazzling to see.
To conclude, my trip was amazing, and I would definitely visit again!