This July, I have visited one of the most-beautiful cities on this planet. Paris ….. What can I say? It’s not just a city; it’s a legend. I love you, Paris!
Airline and Hotel
In the beginning, I would like to talk about my experience with flying to Paris. I flew with Air France and was pleasantly surprised with how nice and welcoming was the crew. I think it’s so important for us as travelers, to share our experiences.
Now, let’s start with the review of my trip. Before I came to Paris, it took me a very long time to find a hotel. I really didn’t know which one to pick. Paris has twenty arrondissements, and it can make you feel quite confused about where exactly to stay. After, I researched for two weeks; I made a decision to stay at the beautiful W hotel. It is located right next to the Galeries Lafayette and the Opera. Luckily, I got a free upgrade, when I checked in, which was super nice. My recommendation: Before you book any hotel, READ THE REVIEWS! I usually visit Tripadvisor or booking.com.
My first day I spent walking and driving around Paris; this city has definitely exceeded all my expectations. I think most people can agree with me when I say that Paris is the most-popular city, and almost everyone wants to visit Paris one day. With that being in mind, I suggest when you come to Paris don’t set any super high expectations, just let the city surprise you. I heard so many people say how they thought that Paris was supposed to be this magical place, but their experience was pretty terrible, either the service was bad or the weather was terrible and, etc. So be open-minded.
The feature that stands out the most about Paris is the stunning architecture. I just couldn’t stop looking at those beautiful buildings. Apart from the Eiffel tower (that was so pretty) I would also like to mention the Opera. If you are in Paris, you have to see the Opera. It’s definitely worth the drive if you stay somewhere near the Champs-Elysees. Now back to the Eiffel tower, yes people, it is as magnificent as some describe. I don’t know why would somebody not like this building! It fits so well with the style of the city, and it’s very pleasant to look at it. I just couldn’t stop staring at it. If I lived in Paris, I would probably admire the Eiffel Tower every single day. In addition, the view from the Eiffel Tower is simply breathtaking. Thus, a long line is so worth the wait. Personally, I liked the view from the Eiffel Tower way more than from the Montmartre. If you didn’t visit Montmartre don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. It’s so different to read or watch videos about Paris than actually visiting the city. In order to understand what I’m talking about you need to come to Paris one day.
It’s a place where you can easily get absorbed in art and French culture, and my suggestion is if you are looking for more affordable shopping, then go to Milan, Italy. From what I’ve observed the prices are better in Milan than in Paris. So for all of you, shopping lovers, Paris is a great place to shop if you are looking to buy very expensive stuff. For all, art-lovers, like me, you will have the best time of your life visiting Paris. There are more than a hundred museums in Paris! Can you even believe it? Just incredible. Paris is for sure as romantic as everyone claims it is. When I walked the streets of Paris, I felt like I went back in time. After I had visited France, I became so passionate about French history. If you are interested in the historical fiction start reading novels by Alexandre Dumas.
Oh Paris, I love you (That’s exactly how I feel every time I think about this city)
Paris is not a cheap city, so be prepared to spend some money. The breakfast at the hotel was 38 Euros, but a variety of dishes was very nice. I ate at different cafes across the city and had a quick grocery shop runs every day. My favorite place for lunch became a Le Grand Cafe Capucines (this cafe is very close to the W hotel). Go there if you wish to eat a good dinner, but do not eat breakfast there. They make the worst omelet ever! I have to say that prior to coming to France I have only once tried snails and didn’t even liked them but now I love them. That’s crazy!!! They taste too good!!!!! The food in France is so fresh and tasty. If you live next to the Galeries Lafayette you should definitely go to the Grocery store that is located on the first floor of the Galeries, if I am not mistaking. The store is great. They sell the best dates in the WORLD ( you should try them; they are better than the ones in Dubai!). Food in Europe is simply amazing. Honestly, the quality and the variety of food is much better in Europe than in U.S and Canada (guys don’t get offended that’s just my opinion from what I’ve experienced).
A must try is a buckwheat crepe! They are traditional French crepes, and they do taste differently than a regular white flour crepe but I actually like it more than the regular kind. I tried a crepe with salmon and a crepe with coconut, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. Yummy!!!!! At the end of my stay, I got a chance to visit a very famous restaurant called L’Avenue. It is totally worth the money because the food was incredible! There, I tasted the best buffalo mozzarella salad that I’ve tried in my entire life. However, the restaurant that I will always remain in my memory is the Le Jules Verne. The most-memorable experience of my life.
If you are looking for ways to save money try buying food in the grocery stores. There are also many cafes that have a very affordable prices. Restaurant Chez Clement on the boulevard des Capucines was very affordable, and the food was good. Paris has so many cafes and restaurants; I am sure you will find something that will fit your budget. Now, let’s talk about the macarons. I’ve tried different macarons and the best ones were ……. Laduree. If you are looking for a delicious cakes and best vanilla ice cream check out the Angelina bakery. Their vanilla ice cream was so good (Sometimes, I think I love ice cream too much, haha). I don’t drink soda but in Paris I tried a lemonade. Guys, it is a thousand times better than sprite. I’m usually not a fan of lemonade, but this one is a sparkling drink. Just try it! Also, I would like to mention two places that I didn’t have a good experience visiting. 1. Cafe de la Paix is located right next to the Opera. It is expensive, but the quality of food doesn’t match the price. Not worth the money! 2. The second place is a Japanese restaurant Miss ko. It is considered to be a very trendy place, but the food was awful! Please, don’t waste your money on those restaurants.
I’ve mainly walked and occasionally took a taxi. A taxi ride from the W hotel to the Arc du Triomphe costed me 20 euros. Tariffs also vary with time of the day.
Parks and Museums
Please don’t skip an opportunity to visit the park. My favorite one was the Luxembourg Gardens. The park is gorgeous and spacious. It’s a marvelous place for a picnic! There was a fountain that has chairs around, and you can have a very peaceful reading or thinking time. Nature is so soothing! So scenic, I didn’t want to leave.
Now let’s talk about the Louvre. You need a whole day dedicated just to see at least 50 percent of the Louvre, half of the day is not enough. There is so much to see and so little time to see what you want to see. Big tip: when you are going to be looking at Mona Lisa make sure you look at it from the right or left side, and then from the center. You will notice that once you look from the side it seems like she is looking at you! What a masterpiece. Leonardo Da Vinci’s works fascinate me every time. Around four hours, I spent in the Louvre and saw only 10 percent of everything it has to offer.
Top places to see in Paris
1. Eiffel Tower
2. Arc du Triopmphe
3. Luxembourg Gardens
4. Musee du Louvre
5. Musee d’Orsay
7. Pont Alexandre III
8. Pont des Arts
The bottom line is this city is nothing close to anywhere I’ve been and it now holds a very special place in my heart. Magical place!