This will be the first post of several about my trip to Europe with my husband. He’s never been to Europe and I haven’t been in over 10 years so we were both super stoked. Our first stop was to France. We stayed in Paris for 3ish days then drove to Fontainebleau, a climbing destination for 2 days.
In Paris, we stayed between the 10th and 11th quarters near a subway station and found it pretty central to get around and find some delicious foods. During our stay, we saw the glorious Sainte Chapelle, Arc de Triumphe, Notre Dame (just the outside, heard it wasn’t worth it to go in), Eiffel Tower (loved seeing it sparkle at night), Pantheon, Montparnasse tower at sunset (get there early), and walked around Luxembourg Gardens. We also went to some museums as well including the Louvre, Orangie (where Monet’s Water Lilies are), Centre Pompidou and d’Orsay museum. We bought the Paris Pass and found it quite worth it as most of these attractions were on there. We also made use of the hop on/off bus tour and river cruise. TBH, the bus and cruise were okay. Both are highly crowded and the wait for the cruise was about an hour. We were pretty much falling asleep on the cruise because we did it at night. Man I can’t believe we did this much in 3 days!
Yes, I did have pastries for breakfast every morning. We got to dine at Septime, our first Michelin star restaurant! It was amazing and I had the best asparagus of my life. We also went to this really cool restaurant that was pretty much only had standing room at the bar and all the food was served there. We had this delicious, tender fish with cream sauce, soup, and clams. There was a huge block of butter (also the best butter of my life). We also went to this famous restaurant that only served steak and frites. Not pictured – we went to this classic French restaurant where we had snails, charcuterie, etc. but they had sold out of the onion soup! It was definitely a sad moment.
It was very easy to use the subway
Cute boutique shops everywhere
Easy to navigate our way around using Google Maps
Gardens and lots of space to make it not feel so city like
Art and history
People can be a little snobbish towards Americans especially if you didn’t try speaking any French
Pick pocket paradise. We were super careful and stayed aware in crowded places and nothing happened
Still pretty crowded even during the off season
People dress really nice! We tried our best but only packed a bag of clothes but still stuck out
Coffee actually wasn’t that great
Nonetheless, we enjoyed ourselves and all the butter in the food.