PARIS, FRANCE | TRAVEL DIARY

EIFFEL TOWER PHOTOSHOOT

Paris truly is always a good idea. I loved Paris…the outdoor cafes, wandering around and spotting the Eiffel tower, eating croissants. It was so dreamy. Everyone says Paris is exactly as you thought it would be and it was so true!

I can’t say enough great things about our hotel in Paris! We were gifted our stay at Hotel Cayre in the 7th and it was incredible! There are so many things that I loved. The view of the Eiffel Tower from the bed was just the best thing to wake up to. I mean take a look at this view from our terrace!

The location was really convenient, right along the Seine, had a metro stop right outside and was walking distance to a lot of the places we wanted to see. I loved the decor in the rooms, and the bed was just so comfy! Strongly suggest booking at the Hotel Cayre when you go to Paris! Be sure to ask for an Eiffel Tower view!

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

Pizza e Mozza was one of my favorite meals in Paris! From the appetizers to the heart shaped pizza, and then the nutella pizza. Seriously drooling right now thinking about that meal. Ben, the owner of the restaurant was so sweet and took such great care of us!

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

We did a lot of cafe hopping! L’ Etienne is one of the cafes we stopped into and the Porn Star Martini was SO good. I also got the froze… don’t make the same mistake I did it was flavorless! I loved sitting outside at the cafes and just people watching, the only downside is you’re surrounded by tons of smokers!

We tried so many different things at Lobster Bar! We had the pulled pork and clams, (which is a crazy combo but so good!), a lobster roll, oysters and amazing key lime pie!

Café de Flore came highly recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. I had the quiche lorraine and it was yummy! The outdoor patio is so quaint! We went at night so it was all lit up and so cozy!

On our last night we ate at Café les Fontaines which was another restaurant that was recommended to us. I had the salmon and it was so freaking good!

In no particular order!

Eiffel Tower Obviously, see the Eiffel Tower! We tried to get tickets to go up to the top for sunset but they were sold out. If you really want to do that, book way in advance! At first I was upset, but when I thought about it what I really wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower. I’m sure the view was pretty at night but I was happy we were there during the day, we could see much more!

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

Arc de Triomphe With that being said, I suggest going to the top of the Arc de Triomphe during sunset or in the evening because you can see the Eiffel Tower from there! They do have an elevator but of course when we were there it was broken so we had to take the million stairs.

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Champagne Cruise We did a champagne cruise on the Seine with O-Chateau. The sommelier taught us about the 3 different kinds of champagne we were trying and pointed out all of the sights along the Seine.

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Veuve Cliquot Tour Since we were so close to the champagne region we took a short train to Riems and did a tour of Veuve Cliquot. We opted for the Rose Champagne tour which was 40 euro and so worth it! Exploring the caves of the Maison Veuve Clicquot was so cool…literally! It was 10 degrees Celcius in the caves! My favorite part of the tour was learning all about Madame Clicquot and how she made her mark on the champagne business at 27 years old! In 1818 she created the Rosé and for that I’m forever grateful!

   TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

Love Lock Bridge We walked to the Love Lock bridge only to find that the locks were all gone and replaced with thick plastic, so don’t waste your time trying to find all the locks!

Louvre As much as I wanted to go to the Louvre the line was hours long, even if you had the Museum Pass! If you plan to go to the Louvre I’d suggest getting there REALLY early in the morning before they open or go on Wednesday or Friday when they’re open late. Another option would be to go with a private tour guide as generally they have a different entrance.

Paris Pass In regards to the Museum Pass— in hindsight I would have done the Paris Pass instead of the Museum Pass. We purchased tickets for a hop on hop off, the metro, a cruise on the Seine— all which would have been included had we opted for the Paris Pass instead of the Museum Pass. The Paris Pass includes everything the Museum Pass includes as well, which is entry to over 60 museums and skip the line at certain places.

Palais Royal The Palais Royal gardens were so beautiful! We played around here and took pictures, but it was raining so we didn’t get to walk around too much!

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

TRAVEL DIARY PARIS FRANCE

Musee d’Orsay When I was asking for suggestions on on things to do in Paris several people suggested the Musee d’Orsay over the Louvre. We did make it to the Musee d’Orsay and it was full of incredible paintings from Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Renoir and several others that. Totally agree that this museum is a must see!

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Macaron Class Airbnb has some great experiences and we found a macaron making class on there. It was SO MUCH FUN! They tasted so good and were way easier to make than I thought! We each took home a bunch of them too!

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Champs-Élysées is one of top 10 most expensive streets in the world. It’s SO beautiful, lined with trees, cafes, shops all leading up to the L’Arc de Triomphe.

 

Sainte Chapelle Unfortunately we weren’t able to see Notre Dame because of the fire in mid April. This is the closest we were able to get to the cathedral. Looking forward to going back when they rebuild! Right next to Notre Dame there is a beautiful chapel called Sainte Chapelle. I’ve never seen a more beautiful church— 70% of the chapel is made of glass. Sainte Chapelle is hands down one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. It was one of my favorite things we did while in Paris.

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Sunrise Photo Shoot We really wanted some nice photos in front of the Eiffel Tower when we were in Paris. We looked into Flytographer but it was really expensive so we looked around on Airbnb and found Maud & Sophie. They were way cheaper and were awesome to work with!

EIFFEL TOWER PHOTOSHOOT
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