I spent a week in Paris and my experience there was very interesting to say the least. I know you probably read blog post and see pictures from other bloggers all the time and hear that it is one of the most beautiful cities (which I will agree, Paris is beautiful) and that everything is so dreamy. Well let me tell you about my Parisian adventure in a condensed blog post.
While I was getting ready for my travels I was more excited for Paris than I was for London, I mean Paris has champagne and we know how deep my love runs for champagne! Oh, and we can't forget the macaroons, croissants, crepes, and delicious hot chocolate. . . okay, Paris has CARBS . . . I love Carbs which is why I thought I would absolutely adore Paris (slightly joking).
My Parisian experience started off rocky traveling from London to Paris when I purchased the wrong train ticket to get to Gatwick airport by 6:30AM and the ticket agent yells at me saying, "You stupid American, no wonder you all have Trump as your president!" . . . yep, couldn't make this up (and this was literally after I realized my newly purchased Brixton hat had flown off my head on the way to the train station.
Needless to say, I made my flight (I felt like it was by the skin of my teeth) from London to Paris and when I get to my Airbnb the host did not speak any English (which wasn't the end of the world I knew to expect a language barrier during my stay in Paris being that I do not speak French). My issue was more so that the flat did not resemble the pictures featured on Airbnb that well and the area that the flat was located . . . needless to stay I found another place to stay (thank God for Airbnb's good customer service).
When planning for Paris I looked to other bloggers and vloggers for top places to dine and hot spots that I didn't already have on my "Paris Must Do's" List. Marianna Hewitt of "Life With Me" recommended restaurant, "Relais de l'entrecôte" where they only serve their famous steak and frites as the only menu option. Relais de l'entrecôte was the first place I dined for dinner and it was so good, I definitely recommend going here for lunch or dinner but I advise you to arrive 30 minutes prior to the restaurant opening because there is ALWAYS a line. The service there was great (they even give you seconds and keep your leftover steak warm for you on a plate warmer until you're ready to dig in again). We met a really cool couple who lives in San Francisco who dined right next to us and shared our travel stories and experiences over a bottle of red wine (the tables are really close together and intimate).
My outfit theme for Paris was beret hats, some black and white pieces, with my nails painted red and of course I packed my Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume as my signature scent for my Parisian adventure. The weather was cold in Paris but luckily it only rained once for a short bit while I was there, I packed a camel trench coat, an oversized scarf, my statement fur from Nasty Gal, and my Zara leather biker jacket to stay warm. As mentioned in my London Travel Diary , Iva of Girl Goodies shopped and picked out some of my favorite pieces that I wore in London and Paris . . . I got so many compliments on my berets and my long trouser and shiny top look! - Oh and I forgot to mention, I purchased and wore my first ever wig for my London and Paris trip . . . such a good investment (only $55) and it saved me so much time getting ready!
I did a lot of walking in Paris which was good because I was able to walk off my delicious meals throughout the day, my silver River Island boots and Stan Smiths stood the test.
One of my favorite places was Angelina for their famous hot chocolate and pastries, I loved my high tea experience at the Four Seasons George V (if you enjoy high tea like I do then I would highly recommend), oh my gosh . . . how could I forget, there was this amazing Thai restaurant I went to TWICE while I was there (I know, really Jackie . . . Thai food in Paris) the place is called "MME Shawn" I got the coconut curry prawns with Jasmine rice.
I also can't forget about including City Pharma (Parapharmacie City), I am really big on skin care and like to try out new products and this place is like a miniture version of heaven. This is thee place to stock up on your skin care and beauty needs (this is also the parapharmacie in Paris with the best prices), I will warn you that this place is known for being jammed packed and may just have a line to get in . . . I was a little overwhelmed once I got in from the amount of people in the store to all of the amazing products. I would suggest making a list of products that you want to purchase or check out before you even head to the parapharmacie (I took screen shots of products and made a list in the note section of my phone), get there early if you can like a little before the store even opens, if you spend 175 euros or more make sure you have your passport with you to get the paperwork you need for a VAT refund before you leave Paris!
Of course visit the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum, all of the touristy places that you can . . . that's what I did!
I will be back to Paris to visit the champagne region next time, my reservation date was no longer available as the hours of operation changed at the Moët Chandon house. Disneyland Paris looks super magical and hopefully I will have a little more French under my belt next time.
What is your most memorable moments in Paris or favorite place in Paris to visit?
Parle plus tard,