"We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong" I just had the amazing opportunity of going to Paris for the first time with my cousin and one of my best friends and I fell in love with the city. That's why I want to share with you a little bit about my experience, a couple of tips and of course my favorite places and food. Hope it can be helpful if you happen to go to Paris anytime soon :)
Day 1: We decided to walk everywhere instead of taking the train or bus. I definitely recommend this option since you'll be able to know the city in a better way.
Our first stop was "Arc de Triomphe" which is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1836 to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
We had lunch at "L'Entrecote" and it was a great place to start our trip because of course, the food was definitely one of the most important part of it. At "L'Entrecote" you only have one option on the menu; steak and fries. It may sound simple but it was simply delicious. The mustard-based vinaigrette dressing was the best part. Now, I definitely agree with trip advisor that this restaurant is a must-go place in Paris.
Champs-Élyseés avenue was our next stop. It is a very well known boulevard because of its restaurant, theaters and luxury shops. For me, the avenue represented Paris at its best, it was pretty, clean and very elegant; the most beautiful avenue in the world.
After long walks, we finally got to the Eiffel Tower. Going there was a dream that came true and it still feels surreal. I need to confess that I almost cried, I got very emotional!
Day 2: When we were planning our trip, I was very suspicious about buying those tours that you see on the internet. After our second day, I realized it was the best decision we made.
Our tour started very early in the morning at the Louvre. What a place!!!! As you may know, the Louvre is the biggest and most important museum in the world since it is the home for thousand art pieces from the pre-history to the 21st century.
The museum is located in the Louvre Palace, which was the house for Louis XIV back in the 17th century. However, during the French Revolution, the National Assembly made the Louvre a national art museum.
It was a cultural enriched and excellent learning experience. Some of my favorites pieces at the musem were: Venus de Milo, Nike, Mona Lisa, Wedding at Cana and many more.
After the Louvre, we went to the Eiffel Tower. Everything in the tour had the skip-the-line access feature. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we realized that the tour included the lunch at the first floor's restaurant "58 Tour Eiffel" The food was amazing and the view, unbelievable! If you have the chance to go, don't doubt on ordering the pistacho dessert.
After lunch, we went to the second floor (by stairs, and I almost got suffocated) Even when the weather was a bit cold, we spent some time admiring the view.
The Seine River captures the real essence of the city. We took a little ship to go from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower and then to Notre Dame. The best part about traveling on the Seine River was having a great view of the bridges. Some of them are several centuries old, the oldest one is from 1578.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is among one of the largest and most important Catholic Church in the world. It was built on the XI century and it's a great example of the French Gothic Architecture. Every detail, every sculpture is fascinating.
Day 3: Angelina's was our first stop in the morning. The hot chocolate is beyond description, warm, very chocolatey, smooth going down. It is definitely the best hot chocolate I've ever tried. Also, the place is beautiful!!
That day, we were feeling very tired. Probably because of the time-zone change or because the day before we walked more than 25 miles. Yes, 25.
So we decided to make a quick stop to relax at Jardins de Tuileries, one of the most famous public gardens in Paris. It is located between the Louvre and Place La Concorde. It's a beautiful place to take a break and enjoy.
Later that day, we made it to Sacrè Cœur. A beautiful basilica from the XVIII century located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city of Paris. This was a beautiful place but what is even more memorable is the view. It was gorgeous! Even when the walking to the highest point of the basilica can be some kind of a nightmare, it is definitely worth walking up to see Paris at its best.
Last but not least, Musée D'Orsay. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography by artists Monet, Manet, Cézanne and Van Gogh. In the museum, there's a hidden room called "dinning room" and it is also really worth to see.
If food happens to be a very important part of your trip you need to go to Laudaree. They are famous because they sell the best macaroons in the world! They also have a variety of sweets that are mouth-watering. My favorite one was the Raspberry Cake, a must-have!
Escargots are very famous all over France. To be honest, I dind't like them very much. However, some people love it! It always depend on your taste.
You can't go to Paris without trying the Nutella crepes. They are everywhere! We tried them in different places but the best ones were just in front of the Eiffel Tower.
The French Onion Soup is a must try dish in Paris. I've never been into soups and most of the time a soup is not even one of my options, but the French Onion Soup was delicious!!