Destination: Paris, France
While the whole United States is experiencing freezing temps, it's easy to find yourself longing for a getaway. So let's talk Paris, France! I only spent 2 full days in Paris but that trip truly changed my life.
Lets start out with some vocabulary that is critical for you:
Champs-Élysées - the 5th Ave. of Paris, the shopping strip making any shopaholic's dreams come to life. It also offers amazing views of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile - a famous monument in the center of the busiest traffic circle you will ever see.
Laduree - the greatest macaroons (or really any food) that will ever enter your mouth. An added plus are the gorgeous boxes you get.
Croissant - two words here: butter and gluten. Yum.
Crepe - a super thin pancake, best when smothered in Nutella and banana.
Let’s get down to how I got the most out of the City of Lights in just 48 hours. Since I was alone, I had the freedom to do or see whatever I wanted.
As touristy as it sounds, I bought a ticket for the hop on hop off bus tour (www.bigbustours.com) that drives all around the city. I highly recommend this if you want to see ALL of the sights and learn the history in a short period of time. I woke up early and figured out where the bus pick up location was. Since my hotel was fairly close to the Eiffel Tower, I put on my comfortable shoes and set out for the day with my camera, GoPro, map, and wallet. I enjoyed my walk on a crisp but sunny, fall Saturday morning through the streets of Paris and made my first stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower. Standing in the park staring up at this monument is overwhelming. It is way larger in person. After taking some photos, I made my way towards the bus pick up location in front of the Eiffel Tower.
While touring the city on the hop on hop off bus I was able to see all the iconic sites such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Galeries LaFayette, Opéra Garnier, and the Ecole Militaire - Just to name a few.
Although I didn’t get to go into the Louvre, climb the bell tower of Notre Dame, or make it to the top of the Eiffel Tower, I was able to see each and learn the history with the freedom to get on and off the bus as I pleased to wander around. I spent the rest of my afternoon eating macaroons from Laduree, people watching in a park, and walking up and down the Champs-Élysées.
On day 2, I woke up exhausted but knew I had to make the most of the day. So by 9am I was out the door and on my way. My first stop was the Musee de l'Orangerie. I am not a huge art fanatic so waiting in line for the Louvre was not at the top of my list. My mom suggested this museum because it has free admission and is the home to Monet's Water-Lilies.
From there I walked up many hills and steps to Sacré-Coeur, a huge white cathedral with a view to die for. Here I enjoyed a crepe from a street vendor and looked over all of Paris as I ate it. I felt like I was in a dream world. If you walk behind Sacré-Coeur you can explore Montmartre, which is lined with artists, painting in the sunshine. Many small bistros are located here and are great spots to grab lunch or a drink and people-watch the afternoon away.
My final stop of the afternoon was at the large department store Galeries LaFayette which is truly amazing and carries any designer you could ever dream of. After a nap at my hotel, I walked to the Pont Alexandre III, a bridge that has great views of the Eiffel Tower. The sun was just setting and it was breathtaking I stood and admired photoshoots and people-watched to end my last night in Paris.
I know I have not been able to do all and see all in Paris but one trip to Paris is never enough!
A Few Suggestions:
Window shop all of Paris' high end fashions and luxury goods shops
~ Avenue Montaigne
Kardashians' favorite place to eat - Ferdi
~Known for having the best cheeseburger in Paris
Afternoon tea at Covett Garden
Day Trip to Versaille
Macaroons from Laduree
I hope I have given you some inspiration for your next European getaway! Time to go look at flights...