I’ve been a little bit absent for the past couple of weeks because I went on vacation! I was super excited because this was my first vacation in a while and also because this was my first time flying without my parents. My trip was amazing and fun and frustrating and eye-opening and everything that a trip should be. I was lucky enough to hit four different cities on my trip, and I’ve decided to make a city guide for each of them. Read on for the first city on our list – Paris – and stay tuned for the other entries in the new travel series!
Where To Stay
We decided to stay at the Hotel Du Midi Paris Montparnasse. The hotel is on the left bank of the Seine in the Montparnasse quarter, and it’s easily accessible by the Metro (there’s literally a stop 2 minutes from the hotel). The hotel itself is kind of small, but it’s charming. The rooms are a good size though, and the triple room that we got was perfect. If you’re a food like me, you’ll definitely love this hotel, as there are so many food options nearby. From cozy cafes to larger restaurants to even McDonald’s, you won’t want for anything. The only real con about this place is the fact that the breakfast isn’t free. Standard rate for a double room is €76 per night.
What To Do
There are many things to do in Paris but I think two of them are absolutely essential that you visit: the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre. We were only in Paris for about a day and a half, so we chose to visit these two places. If you have more time, you should definitely add places like the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, The Seine, and Versailles (which is outside of Paris but easy to get to). We hit The Louvre first, and it was initially packed because we headed to the Mona Lisa first. However, as we wandered further into the museum the crowd thinned out. I highly suggest checking out the Egyptian section – the mummies are spectacular.
We also accidentally stumbled upon a really cool cemetery while we were walking around. It sounds really morbid but Parisian cemeteries tend to be really beautiful, and I wish that we had also visited the catacombs
Now the pièce de résistance – The Eiffel Tower. It’s magical at any hour, but I would suggest seeing it at night. The twinkling lights add some extra oomph to the experience.
What To Eat
France is known for their pastries and bread products, and we indulged in them all: croissants, baguettes, crepes, macarons. We had breakfast at the Indiana Cafe and I ate all the bread that my heart could desire.
Another cafe that we ate at was an absolute standout – The Café Daguerre. Definitely try the flank steak with French fries.
Where To Go At Night
Picture this – three girls who are super excited to go to a Parisian nightclub decide to lie down to “rest” before going out. They all mistakenly fall asleep and wake up hours later. So, if you’re ever in Paris and planning to go out, either set an alarm or just accept that you are very severely jet lagged.
Would you visit Paris? Comment below!