I got to visit Paris for the first time in June. I loved every minute of exploring this wonderful city. Part of the wonderfulness might have been that I got a break from being a mom for a week. Insert light chuckles here. But I wanted to take the time to tell you about my favorite places I was able to visit! Here are a few of the must-see places in Paris.
My first tip is to stay somewhere central to the Eiffel Tower and you will be able to get anywhere on this list pretty quickly. When you first arrive jump on the underground transit and get familiar with it, its the cheapest way to travel Paris aside from your own two feet. For just two Euros you can get pretty much anywhere. And you can use google maps on your smartphone to get you around as well, just make sure you change it to the walking feature.
Let’s start off with food! Almost any Cafe you go to in Paris is going to have yummy food. But there are a few that are super delicious one is Les Deux Magots the Croque Monsieur is delightful there. Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is another great restaurant that serves only Steak and Fries but it was so good. I had the most delicious Crepes at Crepologe. And obviously
Just across the street from Les Deux Magots is the oldest church in Paris and one of the oldest Romanesque churches in France. Saint Germain des Pres Church is beautiful inside and out and worth a quick visit after lunch one afternoon. Enjoy the courtyard of the Palais-Royal with its iconic black and white pillars, right next to the Louvre Museum.
The Musee Rodin is a favorite on my list. Take the time to go visit Rodin’s The Thinker and all the beautiful roses in the garden. Not far from Musee Rodin on the Seine River are many booksellers that line the river banks. They are worth Perusing for sure.
Next, take a morning or afternoon to go to Montmartre. Its a gorgeous part of the city where you can overlook all of Paris from the hilltop of the Sacré-Cœur. Montmartre is known for being the home of many famous artists, including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and more. The Sweet little famous cafe in the pink corner building La Maison Rose is a short walk from the Sacré-Cœur.
Alright, wrapping it up, taking a boat tour on the Seine River is well worth the fifteen euros. And obviously, you must go see the Eiffel tower, seeing it from the Trocadéro is the best view in my opinion. Seeing her dazzle at night is fun too. And last but not least seeing for all you history buffs the Palais of Versailles was incredible. We toured with Secret Journeys and did a behind the scenes tour to explore the lives and influence of the queens and mistresses of the monarchs who for over a century ruled from Versailles. It was magnificent to look closely into the lives of Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry. Entering their private chambers and learning more about the secrets of Versailles.
One more tip for all of you shutterbugs. Get up early! The streets and most popular monuments are less crowded in the morning than they are the rest of the day. So if you want to capture Paris while its quiet and serene, mornings are your bread and butter.
I hope you will enjoy some of my favorite images from traipsing around the wonderful city of Paris. And follow us on Instagram as we will be posting photos from our trip for months to come!
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