Thursday, January 29, 2015

je t'aime paris!

another trip to paris has come and gone... while the majority of my trip was spent working, I managed to soak in a few parisian moments on the side. here are some of my paris recommendations, compiled from all of my trips over the years.

to do:
for an all day shopping extravaganza - hit galeries lafayette and champs elysees.
stop at mathilde m. for lovely smelling little parisian gifts.
if you haven't been to notre dame, do it.
of course, the louvre or musee d'orsay for a less crowded but equally awesome museum day.
gorge on laduree or pierre herme macarons, they don't have calories in france.
pick up inexpensive french wine at monoprix (sssh! my secret).
take a bicycle tour and visit the gardens of versailles in the spring/summer.
walk around the luxembourg gardens.
have dinner in montmarte and book a show at moulin rouge.
stop by shakespeare and co bookstore - they'll stamp any books you buy (makes a great gift).

 notre dame

galeries lafayette haussman

the louvre

gardens of versailles

tips for a winter trip:
wear flat boots, lots of walking and cobbled streets (not ballet flats as your ankles will be cold!).
bring warm accessories - gloves, hats, scarves... all of them.
carry a small umbrella.
taxis don't take credit cards - use uber if you're low on euros.
if you want black coffee American style, order a café Americano.
dinner reservations are suggested especially if on the weekend.
head to the Eiffel tower after a rain storm, line will be much shorter, and make sure to see it sparkle!

jumbo macarons

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