Audrey said it best: “Paris is always a good idea.”
When planning our trip to Europe, Paris was a shoe in. The BFF had never been and I made a whirlwind trip in 2009 so it was time we do our friendship justice and frolic around the Eiffel Tower for a while.
**This post is 1 of 2 where in the next one I will attack the food of Paris… yes, the food needs its own post.**
And just to start the post off right... here are some of my favorite photos from the trip:
We left London and took the Eurostar train under the English Channel to Paris. We invited the Chainsmokers, but they were unavailable or something lame like that. We learned a few lessons on high-powered ground transportation in the process. First, buy your ticket EARLY. We weren’t exactly sure what day we planned to trek to France, and waited until last minute to purchase… wrong decision. Our ticket price was significantly higher than the week before. Second, give yourself at least an hour before the train leaves. Having been used to the tube all week, we did not plan enough time to go through customs (Hello…. You have to go through customs if you are going into a new country. Let’s blame this travel mistake on lack of sleep).
Once we arrived in Paris we checked into our hotel, freshened up, and made our way to Café de Flore. This little historic gem was the best first stop on our four-day adventure. We explored Paris aweing at the architecture and fighting the exhaustion of the previous adventures most of the rest of the day. By the time we ran across a sign that read “Italian Pizza and wine” we were ready to rest our pretty little feet and made an instant detour to sit outside for the remainder of the evening.
The next few days are a whirlwind of adventure, shopping, good food, and great company. Here are my top 3 (if you can have top 3 in Paris….):
1. Montmartre- The BFF connected with family friends in Paris who were the loveliest tour guides around, and they insisted that we go to Montmartre (and I am GLAD they did). This beautiful cathedral sits on top of a hill where you can see the famous Paris rooftops for miles. We waited in line to go inside the church (the line moves quickly, don’t fret) and found inside a combination of art and solidarity. We found a café on a side street and enjoyed lunch with a view of the quaint town.
2. Le Foodist Cooking Class- Food is the way to anyone’s heart and Paris is known for its cheeses, wines, and amazing food dishes. We did a quick Google search for a cooking class with high reviews and came across Le Foodist. The Le Foodist may not be the most inexpensive option when it comes to cooking, but it is WORTH THE DOUGH. We began our day by walking to the market with our instructor, Frederick, and grabbed some fresh cheese and wine. We then started our course. We cooked chicken, a cauliflower bisque, and homemade ice cream [Note: French is not an easy language for me, so this is the best description I could make]. Le Foodist was by far one of my favorite days. We laughed, ate, made new friends, and learned a lot about French culture. I would recommend this class 10/10 every time.
3. The Eiffel Tower- What trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower?! We saw the Eiffel Tower from a handful of views, but traveling up the diagonal elevator to the viewing platform was an experience to remember. One thing to keep your eyes peeled for at the Eiffel Tower is a bride or two. There seems to always be a bride and her dashing groom out for a photo-shoot regularly. We saw a lovely one and could only dream of a more perfect photo op. The real magic of the Eiffel Tower comes after dark around 10PM when the lights on the tower sparkle for 5 minutes. This happens every hour on the hour and it is truly enchanting in a fall in love with a prince in Paris kind of way. Go ahead: add the sparkling lights of Paris to your bucket list, and you won’t be disappointed.
Off the record: I am petrified of heights! But if you stay in the middle of the glass elevator you will be just fine. I also had some stellar company joining me to make sure I didn’t you know… fall over the edge.
Have you been to Paris? There is so much to see and do, I seriously struggled to narrow down my top 3. What were your favorite spots? You can also follow my instagram @klacole for more photos of the magical city in France.