There is only one city that offers luscious macarons, romantic and historical buildings, scrumptious croissants and adorable boutiques - Paris! Charming cafés, street performers playing French tunes, marble, chandeliers and antiques, the never ending delicious delights, the fairytale architecture, what isn't to fall in love with it!
For all the Parisian food lovers (That's most of us!) a must visit café is the famous Ladurèe which is located in Champs Élysées. Hardly an insider tip anymore, but nevertheless one to be seen. From rose petal macarons to caramelised apple tart (mmmm!), Ladurée offers delicious delicacies. Downstairs there is the bar and the boutique, whilst Upstairs lies the Salon de thé. At first sight, it feels like stepping into a princess fairytale: Gold leaf rails lead to rose macarons displayed in glass cupboards and an elegant mix of antique chairs. With its fluffy croissants, scrumptious macarons and royal architecture, Ladurée is truly one of the most magnificent bakeries in the world. But be prepared to wait in line!
Strolling around Paris, we discovered elegant neighbourhoods, adorable cafés like "Le 9 Birague" Chez Clo (with two adorable ladies serving their homemade simple but oh so good French food), and mind-blowing art galleries. If you love art, Le Marais around the place des Voges holds incredible galleries ranging from hanging sculptures to beautiful contemporary paintings.
I would definitely recommend a night cruise, as Paris is the city of lights! Whilst enjoying our wonderful dinner, we got the opportunity to see the city come to life, with the glittering Eiffel Tower and glistening chandeliers from windows, a majestic view of Paris was revealed.
For tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre is a must. However, I would not recommend to wait in the normal line as the waiting time would be at least 1 hour! Instead of all that hustle and bustle and waisting all that precious time in Paris, we went with blue fox tours, where you get access up onto the second floor without waiting in any queue!
Thinking that it would be a mission impossible to snap a good picture of the Eiffel Tower without other thousands of heads poking up, I found that you can get amazing pictures from most of the areas surrounding it. I would recommend The Passerelle Debilly Bridge: It has a breath-taking view for pictures. When I got up to the second or third level, I had a bit of a “pinch me” moment. The view is mesmerising, especially at sunset.
The Louvre is fascinating, but there is so much to see that you won't be able to get through it all, even if you spent 24 hours in it. Therefore we booked a private tour where we could see and learn about the most important aspects and pieces of the museum. The Mona Lisa might be the most famous object in the Louvre, but there are far more interesting Sculptures to discover like for example the Law Code of Hammurabi, one of the earliest and most complete ancient legal codes. But even if you are not interested in historical finds, the Louvre's architecture from the outside and inside is incredible!
While writing this post, I am currently still dreaming about the Nutella spread crepes and the dream-like architecture. Paris is a charming city, and it is an experience that I will never forget.
Have you been to Paris? If so, what exciting things did you do? I would love to know!
I hope that you are having a great day!
- Marie xo