I fell head over heels in love with Paris. We were there for less than 3 days, but we definitely made the most of it! I've already been researching flights to go back, because I definitely feel like we needed more time. We didn't see it all, but hopefully some day you'll find me back one of the cute cafes in Paris. Here's what we did and where we ate:
What to do:Notre Dame: This was our first stop in Paris! After dropping off our bags at the hotel we headed straight here before it closed. Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. I definitely recommend going, and if there's time you can also climb the tower. We weren't able to do this, and I was a little bummed!
Ponte Alexandre Bridge: From Notre Dame, we hopped on the metro to visit this bridge. It's so beautiful with so much gold detailing, and it also has gorgeous views of the Eiffel Tower. From here we walked to Champs-Elysses which I definitely recommend doing versus taking the metro. It was such a gorgeous walk!
Champs-Elysses: Oh how I love Champs-Elysses! This is the street where all of the shopping is. It was a must on my list, and I'm so glad that my husband agreed. While there we visited the Longchamp store, and I thought it was so fun to be able to buy one of their bags in Paris!
Arc de Triomphe:From Champs-Elysses we walked to Arc de Triomphe. We climbed to the top of the Arc, and by this point it was dark outside. It made for the most beautiful views of the city and the Eiffel Tower at night. I definitely recommend it!
Versailles:The next day we went to Versailles. We already had tickets (buy the Paris pass), but had to wait in a 1.5 hour line that morning to get in. If I'm being completely honest, it's another palace that reminded me of the Bilmore Estate. Don't get me wrong, it was absolutely gorgeous. I just don't know that it was worth the 1.5 hour round trip metro ride, and the length of time that we spent there. It was beautiful to see though!
Eiffel Tower:You can't visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower! I told my husband that I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower every day that we were there. We saw it during the day, at night, and also during the light show (this happens at the top of the hour each night and lasts for about 5 minutes). We didn't go inside the Eiffel Tower though, because we felt like when you take a picture of the city you want the Eiffel Tower in it.
Louvre:We got to the Louvre in the morning and already had tickets, so the line wasn't too bad. We saw the Mona Lisa which is much smaller in person! They have so many gorgeous pieces in this museum, and it's definitely a must visit when in Paris.
Museum D'Orsay:We honestly liked this museum a little more than the Louvre. We recognized a lot more of the artists like Monet and Van Gogh which made it a little more fun for us!
Le Caves de Louvre:We did a self-guided wine tour here, which was so fun and different! We experienced the different soils, smells, and tastes that go into the wine making process. There was also a wine tasting at the end, and we left with a free bottle of wine each!
Where to eat:Chez Julien: This is where we ate the first night in Paris and I highly recommend it! It was a really nice restaurant (definitely should have dressed up), and the waitress was very friendly. She helped us translate the menu, and we absolutely loved our dinner complete with a bottle of rose and creme brulee for desert.
Angelina: We ate at Angelina when we visited Versailles. They have several locations throughout Paris, and I had the truffle ravioli for lunch. We shared an eclair and a caramel pastry for dessert and they didn't dissapoint!
Laduree: I've heard so much hype about Laduree so we had to check it out! We had lunch here and it was really good. We both had sandwiches which came with salad and fries. We of course had macaroons for dessert and they were absolutely delicious. It was very pricey, but it was more about the experience which was perfect!
Le Coupe: This restaurant was near our hotel and we loved it! It was recommended to us by our hotel, and it was authentic french cuisine. We both had pumpkin soup, he had beef, and I had vegetable ratatouille.
Le Bosquet: If I'm being completely honest, I had an extremely hard time finding vegetarian/pescatarian friendly dishes in Paris.Most dishes had meat, and one night we ended up at Le Bousquet. I saw that they had sea bass on the menu and I figured it was worth a shot. It turned out to be an entire sea bass, which was an interest experience to say the least. I'll probably be eating less fish after that.
Have you been to Paris?
I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!