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Paris

The city of love and fashion can impress at any time of year. Because Paris doesn't just have the Eiffel Tower to offer. With its many famous landmarks, Paris has something for every kind of weather. But experience it for yourself: On a shopping tour along the Champs-Élysées, a visit to the Musée d'Orsay or a stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg!

27/08/2019

dear(travel)diary,

we are currently on our way back from a long weekend in Paris and I have to say: it was great!

Admittedly, I went to Paris with hardly any expectations. Because when I was in Paris back in 2008, the city somehow disappointed me. Back then, I had just started taking French lessons at school. As a result, I had very high expectations of Paris! In the end, my experiences didn't live up to these expectations, so I was disappointed by Paris. I carried this feeling around with me for years...

And lo and behold, this time I came without expectations and left with the best experience. So it was love at second sight. However, I have to admit that this time we were only in the nicest neighborhoods. I was also in Paris with Bene this time. I mean, there's a reason why they say you should explore the city of love with your loved one. So perhaps I was wearing rose-tinted spectacles during my experiences.

Because I know very well from my first trip that Paris also has ugly corners. Back then, we stayed just outside the city center. Some of the buildings there were very run-down and the streets were littered with rubbish. But let's be honest: is there any city on this planet that is really only beautiful? I don't think so. And that's why Paris has its good and bad sides, just like any other city. This time I explored more of the good sides. And plenty of them!

xx Chiara

Overview:


WHAT TO see & dISCOVER

  • The Top Sights:
    • Arc De Triomphe & Champs-Élysées
    • Parc Monceau
    • Basilique du Sacré-Coeur & Montematre
    • Eiffel Tower & Trocadéro
    • Musée d'Orsay
    • Louvre
    • Saint-Étienne-du-Mont & Surroundings: Pantheon, Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève and Jardin du Luxembourg
    • Disneyland
  • A little less touristy
    • Flea market Marché aux Puces of Saint-Quen
    • Canal St.-Martin
    • Marais Quarter
    • Opéra Bastille
    • Coulée verte René-Dumont
  • Free fun in Paris
    • Museums (on certain days or under the age of 25)
    • Cimetière du Père Lachaise
    • Galeries Lafayette
    • Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris
  • What else you should see
    • Jardin du Palais Royal
    • Jardin des Tuileries
    • Place de la Concorde
    • Centre Pompidou
    • Les Catacombes de Paris
    • Moulin Rouge


Where to sleep

Accommodation in Paris is expensive and usually not worth the price. That's why we had problems finding accommodation. After seeing some cheeky offers on Airbnb, we preferred to book a hotel. However, these are either very expensive or very far away. In the end, we found a great deal via Secret Escapes: The Hotel Duette with breakfast for a fair price.

The hotel was small but nice. The breakfast in particular was super good! Although the Hotel Duette itself doesn't have a parking lot, we were able to park in a nearby parking garage at a cheaper price instead. We were also impressed by the hotel's location. We were able to walk to the Parc Monceau and the Arc de Triomphe. There were some nice restaurants and small boutiques nearby. I would therefore book the Hotel Duette again and again!

It was easier to find accommodation at Disneyland. There are a lot of good Airbnbs at fair prices within a 20-minute drive. We were very happy with our Airbnb. We also got a delicious breakfast and plenty of water here. There was also a small bakery called “JL Laprevotte” in the village of Chauconin-Neufmontiers with very tasty pastries! Our hosts were also nice and caring. I can therefore recommend the Airbnb.


Where to eat

We usually just had a baguette for lunch. The best were at Auchan A2Pas on Place du Marché Saint-Honoré near the Tuileries Garden. There was a large selection of filled baguettes, all freshly prepared. Afterwards, we could sit down with our baguette in the Tuileries Garden and enjoy the sun.

In the evening, we always had a proper meal. We had the best dinner at La Paradis du Fruit near Place de la Bastille. They offer lots of fresh dishes there, such as salads, falafel pockets and bowls. We both ordered a poke bowl, which we really enjoyed. If you can't get a seat there, there are plenty of other restaurants nearby that looked really good from the outside!

We ended our Saturday evening at the Sacre Coeur. There are 1000 options for dinner here. However, the large selection didn't exactly make it easy for us to find something. Many of the places were overpriced or looked too touristy. In the end, we opted for a relatively inexpensive pizzeria: La Favorita. The pizza tasted great!


On the go

We usually discover cities on foot - without buses or trains. This has the advantage that we see much more of the cities. That's why we explored as much of Paris as possible on foot. However, the metro is the main means of transportation in the French capital for a reason.

The city is so big that some routes would simply take hours on foot. I would therefore recommend that you definitely buy a metro ticket. That way, you can connect nearby sights on foot and get around everything else by metro.


CostS

  • 2 nights Hotel Duette (incl. breakfast): 150€
  • 2 nights Airbnb (incl. breakfast): 75€
  • Parking car 2 nights: 50€
  • Metro day ticket: 8€ p.p.
  • Total food for two: 120€
  • Fuel costs (there and back): 140€
  • Admission to Disneyland: 105€ p.p.
  • Admission Catacombs: 11€



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


From the community for the community

Tips from the community

"The catacombs in Paris are very impressive."

maikeee_n

"Enjoying a few macarons on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower."

annkristin.la

"Eat falafel at L'as Du Fallafel!"

judithmia

"Be sure to visit Versailles, not far away and the most beautiful palace ever!"

ve_rena_wolke

"Go for a walk in the beautiful Montmartre district!"

hannicevic

"Disneyland and there in a Disney hotel. It's so cool!"

shesmercedess

"Try macarons from Paris!!!"

philineerikanou

"Be sure to make a detour to the Palace of Versailles."

ourbudgetadventures

"I recommend: Les Catacombes de Paris, the Louvre of course, a boat tour on the Seine and then there are a few really cool bars. Tour Montparnasse is also nice!"

audeistpassiert

"Definitely eat Aligot from Auberge Aveyronnaise."

lukasmorz


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