Paris! Oh la la! Finally I can put those four years of high school french to use (if I can remember it)! We arrived in the city quite late after a delayed flight from Prague due to snow in Paris... and boy when we got there did it snow! I was FREEZING from the bottom of my jacket down. Thankfully I decided to bring my Canada Goose jacket on the trip. I almost didn't because it was supposed to be summer and 45 degrees during the entire trip (this is much to warm for a Canada Goose), but at the last minute I decided to grab it! THANK GOD. I was traveling with my roommate Daniel, who had family friends in Paris that we were able to stay with. This couple is in their seventies and were the absolute sweetest! They have lived in the same flat in Paris for forty years! Wow. This was the view from their dining room, it was a social housing project that I thought was quite a nice building!
The first morning, we had breakfast with our hosts and then headed off to La Louvre! To our dismay the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. So don't go there then. Lol. Especially in the cold. Luckily we had a few more days in Paris so we were able to go back when it was open!
FINALLY I got to visit Saint Chapelle! I've been dying to visit this church since my History of Architecture classes sophomore year. This chapel is known as "Paris's Jewel Box" and after looking at the photos below, I think you'll see why!
We made a quick stop at Notre Dame before grabbing some French Onion Soup.. or just Onion Soup?
Would any trip to Paris be complete without some macaroons from Laduree? No. These little treats are quite pricey-- you have to buy a minimum of six and they are close to 20€, but they come in a cute little box that I now use to keep my highlights for bible study! So you kind of get a souvenir with your macaroons. <3 Anyway, they are amazing. We tried a few others companies and literally spit them out. These are the ones to get if you're going to buy some!
If there is one word that describes this trip it is "CLOSED." We were starting to feel like all of Paris was closed while we were there. We tried to see a few places with no luck and decided to stop by the Eiffel Tower which was also closed. Well the lawn in front of it anyway. Luckily it's so big we were able to see it from a few streets back!
From the Eiffel Tower we visited the Quai Branley museum mostly to warm up, but saw some nice art as well. We then met Daniel's friend, a student in Paris, who took us to Le Marais. Le Marais, basically the Chelsea District of Paris, was so cute! This part of Paris was definitely a little bit more my scale! We stopped in at a cute little bakery and grabbed a chocolate croissant to hold us over until dinner! S'cute!
We made dinner reservations at Au Petit Marguery and LOVED it! This was a recommendation by our hosts, but we totally would not have been able to afford it if we had to pay full price! "How did you get a discount?" you ask? Well, there's a nifty little app called The Fork that allows you to book reservations at really good restaurants with a discount if they aren't filling up at a certain time or certain day of the week! We got lucky and got 30% off our full meal! The Fork is used all over Paris, but is available in some other cities as well, check out yours!
The next morning (our last day), we decided to check a few other "must-sees" off our list and visited the Arc de Triumph. By this point my new Uggs were a little wet from walking around in the slush all day the previous day and that morning, but I didn't care, I was warm! <3
From here, we decided to go towards Montmartre. The walk from the station is filled with chocolate shops and we decided to stop at one. They had PUMPKIN SPICE MACAROONS... but after having Laduree the previous day, we couldn't stomach them and thew them out. With these, you could obviously tell they had used imitation flavoring. So, we started up the hill to Sacré-Cœur.
Just before leaving Paris, we visited Montmartre. This was short walk from Sacré-Cœur and was more than worth it! I had the best crepes I've ever had in my life at Crêperie Brocéliande! I had the Crepe Raclette for my meal and for dessert the Crepe Suzette (with dark chocolate and orange liquor)! SO GOOD. GO HERE!
I cannot wait to visit Paris again when it's warm and covered in flowers! I saw so many photos from bloggers before coming of Paris in the summer and almost didn't recognize the city when we arrived. It could not be any more different looking from summer to winter. *Checking flights to go back now!*