The only thing that was better than going through the nearly 1,000 photos I took in Paris was actually being there. Well that and all the croissants!
A few weeks ago I embarked on a long overdue trip across the pond to the City of Light and a country I had been dying to stamp in the passport. I hadn’t visited France till now – partially because my family made the promise to do it together and also because other trips to different places seemed to take precedent – well, this should have topped the list.
Place de la Concorde.
Arc du Triomphe.
WHERE WE STAYED
Traveling with family is always a laugh and a half and with mine – we took it to a new level. Since my Mother lived in Paris, when planning the trip we decided to forgo our hotel for the most authentic experience possible and got an AirBnb apartment on the Rue Du Charles Floquet, one block in from the Eiffel Tower. I’ll be writing a whole post on my AirBnb experience in the coming weeks sharing my tips on how we found this gorgeous apartment with the most unforgettable view.
No joke… this was the view from our dining room and we had another balcony to the right out of the living room! UH-MAZE-BALLS!
We stayed in the second (bigger) building in on the 5th floor.
Every night starting at 11PM the tower sparkles for the first 5 minutes of every hour till 1AM. The location of our apartment was prime viewing making the experience magical. We were also there during the Euro Cup – arguably the Superbowl of soccer. France played Iceland on the second night we were there and with a fan experience mere blocks away the celebration of France’s victory was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Here’s a video from our balcony – hear the chanting?
It was the perfect way to say goodnight every night and get up in the morning for what felt like whirlwind touring.
WHAT WE SAW
Speaking of tours I’m working on a full Paris City Guide so as not to miss the best spots for both tourists and locals alike but the tourist hotspots we did check off the list included: The Eiffel Tower, Palais Chaillot, The Louvre, Tuillerie Gardens, The Musee D’Orsay, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur and Momartre, L’Opera, La Marais, The Latin Quarter, and I am sure I’m forgetting all the walking we did somewhere some day after too many glasses of rosé.
With all the walking – no joke thank GOD for my Keds – they were the best for touring in rain or shine.
One of my favorite adventures was a boat cruise down the river Seine. Like London – I love taking in a quick one stop shop tour. I feel like its the best way to take stock of the sights you know you want to go back to and others that you want to see for a quick second but may save for the next trip.
THE LOVE LOCK BRIDGE
After going under the many bridges in Paris – the Love Lock bridge was a must! Before we left – my family made a lock in hopes that there was another bridge that had become LLB 2.0. Apparently the first one got too heavy and in fear of imploding the city cut off all the locks and put up plexi-glass on the original named Pont Des Arts. Well in a city of romance – tourists and Parisians didn’t seem to care since now the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is filled with them! Including ours!
Then there was the FOOD! Oh-Em-Gee the cuisine. Certainly known for their cafés patisseries and world renowned restaurants we didn’t have a bad meal the entire trip. More to come on my best recommendations in my Paris City Guide with highlights below.
Though we spent 5 full days, it wasn’t enough. I’ve made a promise to myself that I’ll be returning within the next two years and if I play my cards right – to that same apartment that left me truly spoiled and jaded. As we began the return home after going on to Italy for 10 days we stopped back in Paris for a mere 36 hours. And while the The Westin Paris – Vendôme was also unforgettable – can you really compete with this?
I’ll be sharing my Paris City Guide in the weeks to come so should there be any particular tips you would like to hear – leave them in the comments below! Plus guess what – A VIDEO! Stay tuned next week!
“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.”
I feel you Gertie.