I arrived in Paris a little past noon. My hotel check in wasn’t until 2pm. So we left my luggage at the hotel and decided to explore the neighborhood. I purchased some groceries from the local grocery store, took a few photos of Montmartre. I mean, the buildings in Paris, I’ve never seen anything like it. I could literally spend hours looking at them. So beautifully designed. The first thing I noticed upon exiting the metro was the Moulin Rouge.
I spent the day wandering among some of the main attractions, stopping for café lattes and macaroons, shopping in the boutique stores and generally loving every corner of this gorgeous city.
Paris may be the city of love and one of the most romantic places in the world, but I’ve been having a little romance with the city itself. It turns out I LOVE Paris.
I’ve spent weeks and weeks in Paris, and I’ve barely scratched its surface. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you find new attractions, new cafés, or new markets to explore. It’s impossible to try to see it all or even begin to think you can. Many travelers come for about three days and try to see the highlights of this beautiful city. You need more time than that. I think you should plan on spending at least five days in Paris in order to see the bare minimum of what the City of Lights has to offer.
Located near the Eiffel Tower, this street is filled with good Parisian eateries. You’ll find cheese, meat, bread, vegetable, and chocolate stores to explore. I never walk away from this street without a pile of food. I eat my way through this street and then buy more for later. It’s one of my favorite streets in the city.
I met some amazing people during this trip. I learned so much about myself on this trip, as well as from others. I left Europe with a grateful heart, and so much inspiration and zeal for life. There’s nothing like spending time with people who are fulfilling their purpose, traveling, pursuing dreams that serves as a driving force to just go for it.
Paris has an easy-to-use Metro system, but it’s a really walkable city with a lot of the main sites located along the banks of the Seine. You can buy single tickets and passes, but unless you think you’ll use the Metro a lot, a carnet of 10 tickets is probably the best value. Carnets cost €14.50 and you can buy them from station ticket machines. It’s worth making the Metro trip on Line 6 between Passy and Bir-Hakeim for amazing views of the Eiffel Tower as the Metro crosses the river on a viaduct.
Top city views
I don’t know about you guys, but when I think Paris, I think the Eiffel Tower among many other things. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower from the Dome of the Basilica of Sacred Heart in Montmartre. It was everything I thought it would be, but seeing her in person up close and walking underneath her was simply surreal. A word of caution when visiting the Eiffel Tower, beware of women or anyone really asking you to sign a petition or paper of sorts. Simply shake your head no and keep on moving, as to avoid being robbed.
There are plenty of viewpoints where you can get a spectacular view across Paris, but climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower is high on the ‘to do’ list for many visitors. Tickets for the lifts to the top cost €17 or €14.50 for aged 12–24 (book in advance on their website to avoid the worst queues), but you can save money (and burn off a few pain au chocolate) by only paying €7/€5 to take the stairs as far as the second floor. For free views across the city, some of my favorite spots are the steps outside Sacre Cœur Basilica, the top floor of the Pompidou Centre.
One of the best viewpoints when it gets dark is from the Montparnasse Tower, with a prime view of the Eiffel Tower when it’s lit up and sparkles on the hour.
Eiffel Tower, Top floor
Hotel Melia Paris La Defense
How gorgeous is this neighborhood
Laduree – Champ Elysees
How gorgeous Eiffel Tour, Top floor
Best part about traveling – Food food food
Whenever I’m in Paris I love going to Angelina – Obsessed with the hot chocolate
Sunday strolls – Champ Elysees
Cafe de Flore