After our stop last week at Disneyland here it's the rest of Paris in all its splendour. We are including in one single post all the pictures taken during our magical days - please allow me the cheesiness since it was for our wedding anniversary - in the city of light. We thought that since we didn't share it last year we could also include here our tips between the pics, gathered from the two getaways, for all of you whom are also planning a nearby visit to Paris.
Paris eating, shopping & visiting tips
- I'm pretty sure one of your stops in Paris might be the Tour Eiffel (wink, wink!), we visited two picture spots and our favorite was le Champ de Mars, less crowded than Trocádero and the green added a beautiful plus (check our Tour Eiffel pictures at Champs de Mars).
- Plan a walk along the Promenade plantée (check our Paris in the fall post for pictures), a park constructed 20 years ago on top of an obsolete railway infrastructure. Go from the Bastille entrance and cross it completely. As a bonus point you will be able to see the city from a height which brings extra charm to the walk.
- Creperie de Josselin at Montparnasse is a favorite of ours. The butter pile on the counter doesn't lie about the softness & flavour of their crepes. Dani likes better the salty versions (galettes are called) but I have to admit that the second visit left me fancying more the sweet crepes.
- Versailles may be a little off from Paris but it's a place anyone should miss. Although the palace is overwhelming and quite crazy because it's always full with visitors, the park is a bliss. We can't stress enough how amazing Le Petit Trianon and le Hameau de la Reine is (so check the pictures instead). Since our visit I can't take off my mind how invigorating the row boat experience was, please rent one if you ever go there (we'll cry with happiness!).
- There are great vintage shops along rue des rosiers and rue sainte croiz de la bretonnerie on the way to Pompidou. We found for this winter season hundreds of coats for 30€ or less.
- There are lots of cute shops around Marais but my all time favorite and a place I would not mind to live in is Fleux. In fact they have three stores one next to the other. I specially love their furniture, but the knick-knacks (meaning decoration items) are more suitable to take with you back home.
- If you are planning on visiting Montmatre & Sacre Cour, please do! And when you are up there, don't forget to check the back streets on the direction to the Moulin Rouge, which will bring you a needed peace after the tourist rush of Sacre Cour. At Sacre Cour we were harassed by the street vendors, please take enough precautions (as you should do in another touristy spot in a city as big as Paris).
- Take a big Meringue piece of cake at Le Loir dans la theiere, a very pretty fairytale yet with a hip touch tea place. It's near the shopping area of Marais so it is a perfect place to refill energy.
- Old boulangeries are repurposed as other type of shops, keep an eye for them, they are adorable.
- Pink Flamingo is a funky place for very yummy pizza. Fun note: They have one called Pedro Almodovar, after our most international filmmaker.
- Make sure to visit le Passage du Grand Cerf, we found pretty shops there like l'Illustre boutique or Lunettes, but the passage is nice to cross by itself. Next to Passage du Grand Cerf at rue tiquetonne you will find Not so big, a very cute shop curating design items and kiddo stuff. We bought a Sonny Angel Laduree special edition (we got the corolle rose framboise, die with cute!).
- Luxembourg gardens is a must in every Paris visit and also les Tuileries. Both have chairs all around that you can bring whatever you like best. On Sundays the parks are completely packed, it's sweet to see Parisians devotion to parks but it may difficult your pictures, take this into account and visit them twice ;)
- If you are in the mood for a Japanese soup go to Kunitoraya, their speciality are udon soup, really tasty. And maybe, you will be able to sit like an authentic Parisien facing the street (we did, and it was strange but fun!)
- Are you as obsessed with cheese as we are? We found the most amazing formagerie at Île St louis at rue st-Louis en l'île. Oh! and we much prefer St Louis over its sister Île de la Cité. Check also rue montergueil for grocery, formagerie, flowers and café local shops.
And to end this already too long post one fun/getting real note: Since this was our second visit this time we only had two already decided spots marked in our maps: Jardin des Tuileries and a visit to the Pompidou Centre. Just with a quick stroll on what's left down you will discover how we miserably failed on the later.
We were in Paris just a couple of days, and since one of it was completely spent at Mickey's home, our plans included to walk around the city, window-shopping, eating and enjoying the lovely french ambiance. The weather report showed that Tuesday was going to be specially rainy, therefore we thought it would be perfect to leave the Pompidou Centre visit for that day because spending it indoors was definitely more attractive: big mistake! When we arrived at Pompidou we discovered that the only day that the museum is closed is precisely on Tuesday. Since this was going to be the last day at Paris this was a big let down, but we pulled ourselves and decided to take the subway and change our plans to the Palais de Tokyo, another modern gallery we have heard good things about it. Well, it was also closed. It seems as Tuesday is the museum closure day of the week in Paris. Which brings us to our final tip:
- Don't plan museums on Tuesdays!
Oh well, by that time we knew it wasn't going to be our day :) and that Paris was screaming that we should come back home to our sweetie Juno that was missing us (or maybe was telling that we should plan more ahead! ha!)
I won't complain (not an itchy little bit) because Paris had already been too good to us!
Have you visited Paris before? We would love if you could add in the comments sections your favorite places that we have missed (twice) so we have them for our next time (third is a charm?) :) Let's talk Paris!
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