Ah Paris, you beautiful city. Where do I even start? I felt so recharged and inspired here… like I could take on the world. It’s been almost two years since I was here – I better start planning my return.
Here are my highlights from the most beautiful city in the world.
Our Marais AirBnB which was all sorts of cute… it even had its very own French balcony overlooking very French buildings (and a washing machine!). I started to regret everything I had packed in my suitcase at this point – everything was so unbelievably heavy and lugging them up and down station platforms and flights of stairs made me want to weep.
The Marche Montorgueil is perfect for a late afternoon lunch/early dinner. We sat in a quintessentially-French bistro where I ordered what I thought was a salad, but turned out to be fried potatoes, lettuce leaves and a WHEEL of baked Camembert! It was a fantastic place to sit and watch the world go by. We walked back to our apartment along the Seine, stopping for wine and breakfast supplies at a supermarket before watching the sun set on our balcony. We finished the night with crepes and a drink (we drank a lot in Europe, I must admit) at Harry’s Bar.
This guy is wearing a beret while painting using an easel overlooking the Seine… come on… could it be any more Paris if it tried?
Ryan and I were in Paris for over a week, so we decided to join a bike tour (Bike About Paris) to get a better understanding about the history of Paris, and also have someone show us some fantastic (and hidden!) locations we could return to later on in the week. After looking at a few sights such as Place des Vosges, an open air sculpture museum, and saw the best view of Notre Dame, we stopped at the Latin Quarter for a casual lunch and a look at the pretty gift stores and florists.
After the bike tour, we headed to one of the places I was excited about the most – Laduree – for afternoon tea. Crispy vanilla slice and pot of tea for me, caramel eclair and cappuccino for Ryan. This was the first but absolutely not the last time we visited.
On the way back to our apartment we visited Marche des Enfants Rouges for a bunch of flowers and dinner supplies. We stumbled upon Maison Kitsune on the way back where we both had a coffee while oogling the terrazzo walls and flooring.
I pre-arranged a Siene boat tour for sunset so we could watch Paris light up. To really enjoy the tour – we brought along a bottle of champagne to crack open. Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was such an exciting experience and it was a lovely way to experience Paris on one of our first nights.
The next day was perhaps my absolute favourite of our entire holiday. We climbed the Eiffel Tower (with no queue to go up – score!), ate lunch and pastries on Rue Cler (the most famous market street in Paris), visited Monet’s Water Lilies in Musee de l’Orangerie, ate macarons in Jardin des Tuileries, visited Centre Pompidou and all its astonishing contemporary art where we watched the sky turn pink and red over the Paris rooftops. Ryan even managed to get one of his feet stuck in the doors of the Paris Metro and we had to yank him out (don’t mess with the metro!) before it drove off. To top off our perfect day, we ate the world’s best falafel at L’As du Fallafel (worth the wait in line) before absolutely crashing for the next 12 hours.
Ryan and I were completely exhausted from the epic previous day that a massive sleep in was in order. We walked around the corner for coffee at Folks and Sparrows, followed by (window) shopping at Merci (I need to go back for the French linen!) and other boutique shops in the Marais area like Fagou and Savon de Marseille. The Picasso Museum was the next on my list and it didn’t disappoint. The light-filled building alone was worth the visit alone. I spotted a Space Invader’s pixel Picasso just outside the gallery. The afternoon was spent walking through Paris admiring buildings, eating crepes and relaxing in gardens.
Just before sunset, we caught the metro to the Arch de Triomphe to watch the tower sparkle when the clock hit 7pm.