Matt and I just got back from Paris & Italy last week after a wonderful 12 days in Paris, Rome, and Venice! I took so many pictures and we saw SO many things, ate SO many amazing dinners, and drank just enough wine ;-). It was truly the best trip of my entire life–which is saying a lot since I studied abroad for 2 and a half months in college on Semester at Sea!
We flew to Paris on Icelandair on the evening of September 2nd and arrived just past noon on September 3rd–we had a 1hour layover in Iceland…which initially I was worried about, but apparently that is their “thing”– they get you through customs in literally 3 minutes and then the airport is very small. The most efficient country I’ve ever flown through–it’s nice too, because we went through EU customs there, so once we arrived in Paris we just exited the airport immediately.
Anyhow, we took a cab from CDG airport to our sweet Airbnb in the Saint Germain des Pres area of Paris. This is a very centrally located area–and quite ritzy. It could not have been a better neighborhood for us to stay in since we had to see all the sights and everything was very close by. We rented a studio apartment in Paris for the first three nights of our trip, which was right across the alley from Burberry–it was just nice enough and very safe–and we were barely there!
Our first day in Paris, we went to Le Louvre, the Love Lock Bridge, Tuilleries Gardens, and then went to dinner at Au Vieux Comptoir which was absolutely delicious. Matt had the beef bourguignon–and it was the best I have ever tried1
Outside of our apartment in Paris!
Later that night after dinner, we rushed off to a tour of the Eiffel Tower. We ended up having to go back the next day and stand in line because our tour only got us to the 2nd floor, and it was so late that the top had closed by the time our tour ended (this was NOT cool!)…and we had to go to the top! We ended up getting there the next day during the day…so we got to see Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower by day and by night. Worked out in the end…but I would recommend just standing in line for tickets to WALK up to the second floor & elevator to the 3rd (this took about 45 minutes to get to the tickets & through security…then it takes about 10 minutes? to walk up to the second floor…then you have to stand in line to get into the elevator to third floor–which took us about another hour)–but you save so much time by walking instead of elevator-ing up to the 2nd floor because the ticket lines and security for the elevators are insane!
The next day we walked through Luxembourg Gardens…
Then we ate brunch at Eggs & Co. which was delicious and in our apartment’s neighborhood.
Afterwards we climbed to the top of Arc du Triomph –we purchased the Paris Museum Pass which got us up there without having to wait in lines (and covered Le Louvre as well). The views were spectacular!
We then walked around the Champs Elysee and went into a few stores…and stopped to grab a snack at Laduree…which was picturesque…
Later in the day, we waited about an hour to get inside the Catacombs….It was my second time being at the catacombs, but I still was so shocked by HOW many bones there are. It really is an incredible place to visit, and was Matts favorite activity during our Paris trip.
That night we went to a traditional French brasserie for Dinner–Le Grand Colbert. Matt had pasta with a lobster sauce which was really amazing and I had steak in a pepper sauce–also very good.
The next day we hopped on the train to Versailles and spent a few hours exploring the gardens and the mansion…it was a gorgeous day to be outside, and the gardens were my favorite part!
I also learned how to use our selfie stick hah!
After Versailles, we headed back to Paris and explored Notre Dame. The building itself is so incredibly beautiful…we walked around the outside of the building for a solid 30 minutes just looking at the details.
We also demolished an amazing Nutella & banana crepe!
Afterwards we headed over to the Eiffel Tower and stood in line for a few hours to get to the very top…
Unfortunately, it was pretty chilly & drizzling by the time we got up there…
…but we decided to enjoy a glass of overpriced champagne!
That night, we decided to go somewhere less fancy than planned for dinner since we were wiped out from a long day–and I’m SO glad we did! This was my absolute favorite meal we had in Paris–dinner at Polidor. We had the chicken and mashed potatoes with this INSANE sauce on it. It was divine.
The next morning we explored Le Marais neighborhood, and we were going to get L’as Du Fallafel for brunch, but decided to grab a crepe instead! It sure did look really good, but it felt a little too early for Fallafel.
On our last night in Paris, on our way home from Itay, we stopped inside the Sacre Coeur and ate dinner at Le Petit Bleu (we had couscous) in Montmarte…so SC is really something, especially at night!