I’ve been dragging my feet writing this post, even though I’m excited to share my experience with you guys and answer your questions. I guess it’s because posting a Paris recap means it’s really over! I enjoyed every minute of my 10-day trip and I am so happy to be back in New York, but a little part of me is bummed that this incredible trip is over. I guess that just means I need to plan the next trip to look forward to! 😉
So many people have asked about highlights of my trip and I’m not sure what to tell them because every day was great in its own way. The weather was warm and sunny, the food was delicious, and of course I loved seeing iconic landmarks. I had been to Paris before, two years ago, so I had a good sense of what I wanted to see again and what new restaurants I wanted to try. I tried to maximize my time but also enjoy a break from fast-paced New York and live a more laid-back Parisian life, if only for a week and a half.
I traveled with my roommate, Leah, and she found the most incredible AirBnb where we stayed. Parisian apartments tend to have charming peculiarities, and this one was no exception. The refrigerator was in an alcove down the hall instead of in the kitchen, and the door to the apartment could only be opened by pulling the door towards you and jiggling the key just so. We were also directly above several (incredible) restaurants and a bar. When the noise from the bar and restaurants finally died down at 1 or 2am, we were woken by the overwhelming smell of bread baking at 5am–not that I’m complaining.
Speaking of food:
Those of you who know me know how much I love trying new reataurants. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to do in New York and anywhere new I go. The meal above from Chez Michel, while not the most photogenic, was one of the best I’ve had in my life. Leah and I went there on our first day immediately after dropping our bags off in the Airbnb because we were ravenous . I enjoyed it so much that I ended up returning on one of our last nights by myself. I put my phone down, drank a glass of wine, and enjoyed the most delicious steak and potatoes (pictured above) and rice pudding with homemade date and apricot preserves (not pictured because I was too busy having a transcendent experience. I never knew rice pudding could be so incredible).
A few of my favorite places:
Sadaharu Aoki for pastries and sweets
Buvette for breakfast
Chez Michel for lunch or dinner
Folks and Sparrows for coffee (and free wifi)
Onto the museums and sites! Some of you know I studied Media, Culture, and the Arts in college, and that’s actually why I was in Paris two years ago. Needless to say, I love art. I love museums, I love graffiti and street art, I love photography, paintings, sculptures, you name it. I also love tourist-y destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. I even love the tourist spots in New York. There’s a reason that millions of people visit them every year, and it’s because they’re incredible. I feel blessed that I can see them whenever I want! Except Times Square, which is one of Dante’s circles of hell.
Anyway, my point here is that you probably know all of the touristy spots you have to visit–and if you don’t, feel free to ask!–but I’d like to share some of the places that you might not know about, but definitely should go to!
Louis Vuitton Foundation
If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know how much I love this place. The architecture is incredible and it always has new and interesting art exhibits. The museum itself is like a maze that I happily wandered around in all day–I walked about 4 miles just within the museum! It’s easily accessible by train and located in a beautiful park. I can’t recommend it enough.
Chances are you’ve heard of Montmartre, or at least seen pictures of the famous restaurant La Maison Rose that sits atop a hilly intersection there. So many artists lived or worked there (Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, and Matisse, just to name a few) and Sacré-Cœur Basilica is at the very top. It’s a little bit out of the way on the outskirts of the city and requires a lot of walking, so you might be tempted to skip it. However, it’s easily one of my favorite places in Paris. I recommend going during the week, wearing good walking shoes, and grabbing a gelato cone to munch on while enjoying incredible views of the city.
Musée de l’Orangerie
This museum is located right by the Louvre and has a ton of dreamy impressionist art. It’s small enough that you can see everything, and of course my favorite rooms have huge Monet paintings and lots of natural light.
And a few more pictures:
The Arc de Triomphe on our last night. They decided to close the stairs to the top early, for no apparent reason, and I was so disappointed but this sunset was really something else. We walked down the Champs-Élysées and shopped and then went back to our Airbnb to drink wine with some friends and it was still a great night!