I don't have to explain how hard it is to summarize a city as amazing as Paris. There are no favorites! But, without picking particular places or memories over others, I wanted to share some general but notable thing to do and see for those of you who may visit for your first time! What were your favorites when you visited? Or the most memorable parts of any of your travels??
A true French breakfast | What eggs, toast and bacon is to the American, a toasted baguette with butter and jam and an espresso is to the French. Um, yessss. I love that the French, as do most Europeans, don't rush a sit down meal. You're either eating on the go, or sitting for at least an hour, even for breakfast. It was the best way to start the day. My favorite was Carette in Trocadéro for the amazing coffee and breads and Café Marly for the one-of-a-kind location in the courtyard of the Louvre.
Chez Julien | A dinner highlight... and in Paris, that's saying a lot. Great cocktails, dinner and dessert, but also a particularly great location and atmosphere. I loved that it was fairly upscale, while also being approachable and fun. Not to mention, if you order the truffle risotto, they shave fresh truffle on the top... a (very expensive) rarity in the States.
Buly | I initially heard about this shop from The Good Trade's Sustainable City Guide to Paris, never expecting to stumble upon it. But when we did, I was so happy to have visited. Founded in 1803, this beauty and grooming shop is traditional in it's products and service. I highly recommend stopping in to pick up a special gift for someone back home or yourself! Not only are the products high quality and all natural, but the time and service put into your purchase will make it feel like a million dollar steal.
A visit to Montmartre | Just north of Paris is the large hill located in the city's 18th arrondissement. This little part of town is home to a wonderful 'aerial' view of Paris, Sacré-Cœur, an iconic church, genuine artists and quaint places to eat and drink. It was a nice change of pace from the bustling city, and so charming!
Experiencing the Eiffel Tower more than once | It may sound obvious, but believe me when I say that you are going to want to experience the Eiffel Tower more than once, at all times of day... Not only did we take the ride to the Sommet (Not recommended for those afraid of heights, the elevator ride to the top even made me uneasy!), but we sat in the park with wine to watch it sparkle at night, took photos in the morning, and also did as the Parisians did and had a picnic on the Siene at sun down. Stop by the boulangerie, fromagerie, and grocery for all of the things you need to sit on the edge of the water and live like a local.