Paris was always number 1 on my bucket list. For those of you who don’t know me I am a sucker for love. I am obsessed with Valentine’s Day and anything that has to do with love, so of course I had to go visit Paris AKA one of the most romantic cities in the world. Everything I have ever seen in movies about Paris or in photos always intrigued me. From the Eiffel tower, to always seeing those paintings of a couple sharing an umbrella in the rain, it has always given me butterflies. Let’s not forget it happens to be one of the fashion capitals in the world! After all, shopping is one of my favorite hobbies and also my cardio. Last year I turned the big 25 and I threw myself a Paris themed party.
So to think less than a year later I was actually in Paris is crazy. I am so blessed to have had this opportunity. This trip was literally booked just a few weeks before we left.I am a very impulsive person, which in this case was a good thing. My best friend since high school and I always spoke about going to Paris one day. With our crazy schedules it’s hard to have the same time off now a days. We booked a very spontaneous and spur of the moment trip back in March to Miami. So as we were having one our daily girl talk conversations, I said let’s just book Paris and so we did. I had the pleasure of my brother coming along with us, as well as his friend, which is now my new photographer. Needless to say, the group trip was fun and also made it cheaper! I booked through Expedia and because there were 5 of us we did a short trip. Trying to get 5 grown adults to all take off at the same time with everyone’s career was hard but we made it work. I must say 3 days was more than enough for Paris! Maybe one more day would have been perfect, but we did so much in just 3 days it was more than enough! We flew overnight and everyone miraculously managed to sleep on the 7hr plane ride, so when we landed we hit the ground running. For 5 people with an apartment suite and airfare it only cost us $740.00 per person. That’s only $240.00 more I spent to go to Miami! Paris was actually very inexpensive, hard to believe I know! But coming from a big city like New York, I feel the prices were very similar. I only spent about 120 euros (not including my souvenirs and shopping.) This was for food and taxi’s out there. We stayed in apartment suites in Saint Maurice, on the outside of Paris. The taxis weren’t that expensive at all, around 6 euros per person. ** Fun fact you can stay in Paris Hostiles for about 33 euros a night (and yes they are safe.) Our first day there we did a dinner, walked around the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. [Side note: the weather in France is like a girl PMSing: it was misty in the morning, then hot by the afternoon, and windy at night. Bring a jacket or sweater definitely.] Paris is a lot of walking so definitely be sure to bring comfy shoes!! Notre Dame is free and the building itself is just magnificent. Pictures on the Internet don’t do justice! Inside is incredible, definitely worth going into.
Next up was the Louvre! My God, I have never seen buildings look so rich in culture. We actually got to go in for free. The museum was closing in a half hour so we were able to walk right in which was pretty awesome. The Louvre is huge it can take a whole day alone to see, but it’s up to you how long you actually want to stay. We were limited because of what time it was but we got to see the famous “Mona Lisa.” The ceilings in the Louvre were unreal, gorgeous paintings everywhere. I was in awe.
The last stop was the Eiffel Tower, which literally gave me chills. (The Eiffel tower is about a 45 minute walk from the Louvre and Notre Dame) We walked along the Champs Elysees to get there and the river, boats, and restaurants were great. This is a very cool area to walk around, chill and grab a drink. The Eiffel tower was so crazy I legit felt like I was on a movie set and this was a prop. It was so hard to wrap my mind around that I was really there. It’s such a beautiful sight to see at night. When the tower glitters on the hour every hour, everyone cheers and claps, it’s that stunning. The ambiance by the Eiffel tower was what made me finally realize I’m actually in France. The great big lawn where everyone hangs is awesome.
Bring a blanket and chill, and don’t worry there are people walking around selling champagne and wine. Make sure to bargain with them on their prices!! They will try to get you at first, but I’m a New Yorker so negotiating is in my blood. Everyone is hanging out, listening to music, taking pics, and drinking. It’s just a very chill environment. At the tower they have snacks and hot drinks as well. There is a souvenir shop and right across the street is the carousel, which is only 3 Euros so of course I had to ride it. Just walking around Paris each building is better than the next. They are unbelievable beautiful buildings with amazing sculpture in them and a lot of gold accents. The food was phenomenal and I’m a picky eater. I don’t think I can ever eat a crepe anywhere else again! We ate about two meals each day since we had a jam packed schedule. It was more than enough they definitely don’t skimp out on the portions and it cost each of us about 20 euros a meal. I also had probably the best gelato of my life!! (Haven’t been to Italy yet, so this was the best for me). The gelato shop was in Latin Quarter area right past the “love lock” bridge. This gelato was so rich in flavor and they scoop it into a flower shape for you on a cone. You can choose 3 different flavors out of the 20 they had. One word Amazing!! Of course, I had to go see the lock love bridge and lock my love down for my boyfriend and I.
They sell locks all over Paris at all the souvenir shops so don’t worry if you forgot to bring your own. I locked our lock on the bridge and threw away the keys in the river. So he is stuck with me forever. Paris is a must see! The best is you only need a few days to check everything out, so you can either book a weekend trip like me or take the euro train to another part of Europe.
Here are some tips for your trip to Paris:
1) Please make sure if you are traveling to Europe that your passport doesn’t expire within the 3 months of your travel. THEY WILL NOT LET YOU TRAVEL**** (Important Part)
2) If you can, try to change your American dollars at your bank into Euros. They should only charge a small fee and you might have to order them, but it saves you time and money once out there.
3) One of the things we didn’t get to see was the Palace of Versailles. It’s about 40 minutes out of Paris so we didn’t have time, but put that on your list I heard it’s absolutely worth it.
4) Check out the Moulin Rouge as well (something I didn’t get a chance to see either).
5) I also visited the Galleria Lafayette it was closed on Sunday (most stores are) but this is where the high end fashion is and the really cool window displays. (great for window shopping and seeing what Paris fashion is really like).
6) Bring some type of jacket or sweater for the crazy weather out there.