Our Parisian Holiday began with a short one hour flight from Bristol. It amazes me how inexpensive it is to travel within Europe. It makes me want to be a squatter in my sister’s home for a year.
Since we didn’t arrive in Paris til later in the evening our first priority was to check into our hotel and find a great place for dinner. We stayed in the 9th arrondisement, near Montmartre. It was not centrally located but was perfect since I wanted to immerse myself in Parisian local life.
(Stairs of Montmartre)
(garment district just below Sacre Couer)
Do make sure to grab a map from the Hotel concierge or better yet, purchase a map with all the streets of Paris. It is very easy to find yourself lost with all the streets looking very similar. This was the case for us walking back to our hotel from Sacre Couer. However, getting yourself intentionally lost in Paris is not such a bad thing.
(Velib: rent a bike and experience Paris like a local)
(look but don’t touch!)
(Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris)
(Inside the Louvre)
(Winged Victory of Samothrace)
(View from the top of the Eiffel Tower)
(Oh the food!)
(did I mention the food?!)
(just in case I didn’t mention the food, here’s another photo)
Must eat at Restaurants:
Bistro Poulbot Great local restaurant in Montmartre. We had lunch here and perhaps it was the company, but it was one of the best meals of my life!
Angelina’s You must have the chocolate chaud! This is the yummiest stick to your teeth hot chocolate that is to die for! Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn were once staples at this historic tea salon.
Cafe L’ami Jean Located near the Eiffel Tower, a meal here can be life changing. I dined on foie gras with albalone as a first and foie gras with quail as a main. For dessert, go with the famed rice pudding. Served in a humongous bowl and can probably feed a family of 8, the caramel sauce and candied hazelnuts was the icing on top!
La Grappe D’Orgueil Make sure to plan your lunch accordingly while shopping at the pedestrian friendly Rue Montorgueil. Do have the french onion soup and save room for dessert.
Cafe Constant Unbeknownst to us, we came on grand re-opening night and finally had dinner here at 10PM. Small and intimate but ultimately worth the wait. See above photo of scallops for proof.
Les Buffets de la Tour Eiffel Want to know where in the world the best hot dog is located? At the base of the Eiffel Tower. Make sure to wash it down with a chantilly chocolat chaud (hot chocolate with whipped cream). Yeah I know, it doesn’t sound like a great combination but when you’ve waited in line for 60 minutes in 30 degree weather you’ll change your tune.
Wow, after reviewing all these photos and going through my journal I’m ready for my next trip!
Do check back with more tips on how to navigate your way around Paris, fit in like a local, and my top 10 things to do!
Au revoir! Merci!