Paris Is Always a Good Idea

I’m back! Actually I’ve been back in the States for about a week now. But it took me this long to get over my jetlag and get back into a normal routine. I can’t believe I was in Europe just a week ago! It was an amazing vacation that I will never forget. I went with two of my best friends from college, Laura and Bri. Laura has been living in Paris since November working as a nanny so Bri and I decided to capitalize on the fact that we have a friend living in Europe and have our own Euro trip.

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View from Airbnb

I arrived in Paris around 9:30am on Saturday morning after an overnight flight. With very little sleep I went to meet Laura at our Airbnb. It was located in the Republique area, a bit north of le Marais. Above is the view from our apartment window, so Parisian!

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Notre Dame

After dropping my things off at the apartment, Laura and I decided to walk around the area. We walked through le Marais with all it’s amazing architecture. We stopped by falafel alley for a late lunch. After falafel we walked by Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame. I kind of had to pinch myself to really believe I was back in Paris!

Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville

After Notre Dame it was time for a stop at Berthillon, the famous ice cream shop. The ice cream there did not disappoint! I chose two flavors fraise de bois et vanille (wild strawberry and vanilla). Some of the best ice cream hands down. We ended the night with a dinner of brie and baguette and drinks around the Moulin Rouge.

Our second day entailed us picking up Bri from the train station. The three of us united in Europe finally! We took the day to walk from the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysees, through the Tuileries garden and finally ending at the Louvre. All of that is a straight shot and since it wasn’t too hot that day it was the perfect activity. We stopped off to taste test the famous Laduree macarons!

At night we went into Montmartre to a bar called La Famille. It had the craziest mojitos! I had a fraise et banane (strawberry and banana) mojito. They used dry ice to freeze the mojito so you had to break through a layer of ice to actually reach the drink! They also put a mousse of strawberry and banana on top of the ice. They topped it off with a little cup full of candy.

The third day entailed going back to Montmartre for the amazing views by Sacre Coeur. Since Montmartre is on a hill you can see all of Paris from there. We explored more of Montmartre before heading back into the city to peruse Printemps and Galleries Lafayette, both huge department stores. The view from the top of Printemps was equally stunning!

Eiffel Tower just before sunset
Eiffel Tower just before sunset

That night was reserved for the Eiffel Tower. Every night at the top of every hour after it gets dark, the Eiffel Tower has a light show. It twinkles and sparkles for about 10 minutes and everyone is just in awe. We brought wine, baguette, cheese, and fruit with us to picnic now while we staked out a perfect spot to watch the show. I may have gotten a little teary eyed viewing it, shhh…

Our last day in Paris was more relaxed, we didn’t have much of an itinerary. We went to the Jardin du Luxembourg and walked around there for awhile. We stopped to get some sandwiches, sat around in the garden, and then headed back to the apartment to get ready for the next leg of our journey, GREECE.

That’s my little Paris recap for now. I’ll post about our time in Greece next. I’m also planning a post of top things to do in each location.

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