Everything about Paris is iconic – the architecture, the stone streets, and the smell of fresh crepes. I had dreamed of visiting my whole life, and when I finally made it across the pond, the city of lights did not disappoint! I wish I spent more time there, but I only had a few days. Whether you have several weeks or several days, you can see the prettiest of Paris just like Audrey Hepburn.
Time of Year
I was in Paris in the middle of May, and I would absolutely recommend this time of year. The weather was warming up without being stifling. The tourist season was just gearing up, so the city wasn’t overly crowded. My one disappointment about visiting in May is that it wasn’t quite warm enough for Peony season yet. Peonies are my favorite flower, and I was told to expect them everywhere. But, alas, I didn’t find any of the soft, pink blooms.
Where to Stay
My friend and I stayed in a small studio apartment Airbnb in a quiet, family neighborhood. The apartment was affordable and exactly what we needed, but next time I visit, I will stay closer to the center of the city.
I admired the Art Nouveau metro gates, but I don’t think I went underground once. We walked ev. ry. where. 30,000 steps one day to be exact! While walking is more exhausting, it’s without a doubt the best way to really see the city. And it’s free! The metro is not cheap, y’all. I am the first to admit that I can get caught in rushing from place to place, but when you’re walking, you get to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city while you’re getting where you need to go.
My very first stop when exploring Paris was the Eiffel Tower. I could not get there fast enough! On the way, I made a small detour to pick up food for the perfect Parisian picnic. I sat underneath the tower and ate Nutella in the spring sunshine, until it started to drizzle, that is. But rain couldn’t ruin my mood. I just pulled out my umbrella and watched everyone else crowd under the small concession pavilion. The skies cleared again quickly to leave plenty of time for one of the most fun photo shoots I’ve ever had!
Ponte Alexandre III
If you loved the movie Midnight in Paris, you’ll recognize this ornate bridge across the Seine.
If you’re looking for the prettiest macarons in Paris, look no further than Laudree. They have dozens of flavors to choose from and box sizes for every appetite. While they are the most beautiful, the actual macarons are not my favorite. I don’t care for the texture of nuts, and Laudree doesn’t grind its almond flour enough for me. If I had a dollar for every time I said #itsatexturething …
I prefer La Maison Du Chocolate for smooth, delicious French macarons.
Between the lavender skirt, red lips, and sparkling rhinestones, I got quite a few stares from native Parisians who tend to favor black. But I was too busy channeling Taylor Swift to mind. Her Begin Again music video is a bright and airy montage of the best and most beautiful Paris has to offer. While walking the streets, you will undoubtedly stumble across ornate and brightly colored doors. They are the perfect backdrop for a photo that makes anyone feel like a Hollywood star!
Have you ever seen a department store this ornate in your life? Take a stroll through Printemps to lust after tea and macarons, handbags and dresses, or bowls and platters. But don’t stop short of the piece de resistance – the rooftop cafe! If you’re looking for the perfect skyline view (and photo spot) of Paris, look no further than Deli-Cieux. It was a bit chilly and windy the day I went, but I didn’t have to fight my way through crowds to get that perfect shot.
I didn’t actually go inside the famous museum since I was so short on time, but the exterior is well worth a visit! The buildings are gorgeous and the glass pyramids are unlike anything I’ve seen before. I recommend grabbing a snack, having a seat on the edge of the fountain, and people watching for a while when you need a bit of a rest.
I didn’t go inside the Louvre, but I did choose to go inside the Musee D’Orsay. Gossip Girl fans will recognize this museum as the setting for Blair and Louis’ first meeting. But that’s not the only reason I wanted to go inside. The first is that this museum is full of Impressionist art, some of my personal favorites that include Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas. The second reason was the giant clock that overlooks the river. Just be careful where you take photos. Photography is allowed in most of the museum, but I got fussed at for using my camera in a temporary exhibition where it was prohibited.
Jardin Du Palais Royal
The tree-lined walkways in this garden are perfectly Parisian. But what really brought me to this garden was Cafe Kitsune. Kitsune is Japanese for fox, and foxes have always been close to my heart since I adopted Finley. She’s about as close to a fox as you can get while still being a dog! This cafe bakes fox-shaped shortbread cookies each day, and I just had to have one. The latte was delicious too!
Eiffel Tower at Night
You absolutely cannot leave Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night! It happens for five minutes at the top of every hour from sunset to 1AM.
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