I have been dreaming about going to Paris since I was in junior high. The culture, the history, the food, the loooooove – it all looked and sounded so dreamy. And after spending 10 days int the city of love, it exceeded all my expectations and I cannot WAIT to return someday soon.
My cousin, Christine, recently moved to France (about an hour and a half Southwest of Paris). We have always been really close, and when she mentioned she’d be traveling around Pairs the same exact dates as my open vacation, I booked tickets immediately.
W H E R E T O S T A Y
There is so much beauty in Paris. Everywhere you look there are beautiful people, beautiful streets, and beautiful shops. You really can’t go wrong when choosing a neighborhood to stay in. But one thing is certain, you can’t go to Paris and skip the Marais.
Le Marais is very similar in feel to the West Village in Manhattan, with a different architecture of course, but the small crooked medieval lanes are alive with bars, restaurants, hotels, high and low fashion boutiques, trendy shops, old fashioned bakeries, jewelry, wine shops, fashionable art galleries, and museums all crammed into one small area. It is the closest you will get to the feel of medieval Paris and has more pre-revolutionary buildings and streets left intact than any other area in Paris.
We chose to stay in an adorable little loft through AirBnb in the heart of Le Marias for the bulk of our trip, and it was our favorite area by farrrr. In the Marais, you are privy to the small and approachable Paris, the place to wander in maddening circles and never find your way, the place to pause and read Sartre or Camus in a café while sipping on wine and making a mess out of your croissant, it is the place to stare at that Parisian beauty with her slim cigarette and wild scarf.
W H A T T O D O
There is so much to do and see in Paris. The best way to start is to just get walking. We walked an average of 8 miles/day all around the city. You’ll get to know the main areas quickly, and then be able to pair the touristy sights with how the Parisians actually live and really get to know the heart of Paris.
Here is a list of my favorite things we did and favorite places we visited. Some take more time and effort than others, but trust that if it’s on this list – it’s a MUST.
- The Louvre
- Saint Chapelle
- Picnic in the grass by the Eiffel Tower
- Rodin Museum
- The Opera
- Sit at a cafe, drink wine, and people watch
- Picnic along the river
- Arc de Triumph
- Laduree for the BEST macaroons
- d’Orsay Museum
- Sacre Coeur