Paris, France Travel Guide

Paris

Location:

Paris, France

Date:

End of September

Weather:

I loved traveling to Paris during this time. The weather was great. Not too hot but not too cold. It was warm during the day and cool at night. We needed a jacket at times but it was perfect. It did rain for a little bit a few days, but it never lasted long.

Traveled With/Met Traveling:

Family 

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Accommodations:

Unfortunately, we had a really bad experience with our accommodations. Long story short, we had a place booked from VRBO but they canceled on us without telling us. They told us to meet them there, but never showed up. Since it was Fashion Week we believe they found a better rate and wanted to get more money for our location. Again, since it was Fashion Week everything was booked and we were stranded for one night but VRBO did refund us and get us a new place to stay. We stayed in the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower and loved it. Although, if I were to come back I think I would try to stay in a more central location. 

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Interesting Information: 

Get the Paris Museum Pass if you want to see a lot of museums. Look over what is included and decide if it makes sense, and saves you money, to get one. Lots of museums and sights are closed on Monday/Tuesday.

Giverny, Monat’s house and beautiful Gardens, is not too far from Paris. You can catch a train there and spend a half day or day enjoying it. Buy tickets in advance to skip lines.

Paris is broken out into 20 different arrondissements (districts). This is really useful to know when planning things to do and where to stay. The number of the arrondissement is indicated by the last two digits in most Parisian postal codes, so based on the zip code of a location you can tell which arrondissements it is in.

Favorite Food/Drinks: 

  • Rue Cler- Ultimate Paris market street. Really fresh produce, cheese, and chocolates. Had some of the best cookies of my life here at La Fabrique Cookies.
  • Les Gourmandises d'eiffel
  • Angelina’s - Great Hot Chocolate and Pastries 
  • Le soufflé 
  • L’Ardoise - BOOK AHEAD 
  • Chez Denise: - BOOK AHEAD. Not for vegetarians!  Huge portions. Everything in French, including the menu, but ask the waiter to translate.  One of the last of the truly old-time bistros remaining in Paris.  Seating is buttock-to-buttock, but well worth it!  
  • Laduree - Macaroons & fun brunch spot. Great french toast. Beautiful store
  • Relais d’lentecote - True Steak and Fries Experience
  • Cafe Constant - great profiteroles (gourmet cream puffs) but great food too. veal cordon bleu is good.
  • Fontaine de Mars:  BOOK AHEAD
  • Odette - Macaroons 
  • Au P'tit Grec - Best Crepes, worth the line
  • Gerald Murlot - Macaroons, supposedly better than laudree  -76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
  • Pierre Herme - Macarons
  • Marco Polo - Italian Resturant
  • Clos Bourguignon BOOK AHEAD
  • Chateaubriand:  Had been making the top 50 restaurants in the world list.  Kind of a hole in the wall, but delicious (and innovative) food. BOOK AHEAD - 
  • Le Relais Gascon- Famous for its salads, which are all covered in fried potatoes

Highlights/Memories:

  • Eiffel Tower
    • Make sure to see  the tower at night when it twinkles for 5 minutes at the top of each hour
  • Riverside Promenade - Le Berges du Seine (near the Eiffel Tower)
    • Riverfront Park, you can experience the Seine at water level
    • Lots of cafes, creperies, sling chairs, etc.
  • Stroll/ Picnic in the Tuileries 
    • Paris’ grandest Park, was once the private property of Kings and Queens, today it links the Louvre, Orangerie, and Orsay museums. 
  • Walk by the Opera Garnier and at least admire the outside 
  • Rodin Museum 
    • Works by the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo with many statues in the peaceful garden
  • Tour of the Seine on Bateaux-Mouches, we loved taking a tour at twilight or after dark
  • I am a big Rick Steves fan and love his audio tours. We loved his Historic Paris Walk. This is what it covers: Starts at the Ile de la Cite (the island in the Seine River), Notre Dame, Deportation Memorial, Ille St Louis, Lation Quarter, Sainte-Chapelle (AMAZING stained glass and a must see), Palais de Justice, Conciergerie and Pont Neuf and the Seine
  • Antique Book Shops and other shops along the Seine across from the Notre Dame
  • Montorgueil Street (rue Montorgueil) - Pedestrian street lined with some of the best food shops in Paris.  Well worth a stroll.
  • Walk by Galerie Vivienne - one of the covered passages of Paris, in the second arrondissement. It is 176 metres long and 3 metres wide. The gallery has been registered as a historical monument
  • Orangerie Museum (Monet’s Water Lillies)
  • Pont Alexandre II Bridge 
  • Orsay Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe - Triumphal arch marking start of Chams-Elysees
  • Champs-Elysees - Paris grand boulevard
  • Explore Montmartre - Sacre Coeur and the artist district, white basilica atop Montmartre with spectacular views. Moulin Rouge is also here.
  • Louvre -Best to enter through the Carrousel du Louvre (an underground mall) off of rue Rivoli.  Turn right after the last escalator down onto Allee de France, and follow Museum Pass signs. The line here is usually much shorter.
  • Trocadero and Eiffel Tower - one of Paris’ most spectacular views at night. Take the Metro to the Trocadero stop and join the party on Place du Trocadero for a magnificent view of the flowing Eiffel Tower. It’s a festival of hawkers, gawkers, drummers, and entertainers.
  • Versailles - 35 min from Paris. Take a tour of the inside, have a canalized lunch, explore the gardens and enjoy the different music and water displays

Recommendations For Next Time:

Research the different Arrondissements and decide which area sounds best to you. Take into consideration the price of each place and what it offers. I did like where we stayed, the 7th Arrondissement, but next time I would stay in a more central location. 

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