Jan 18, 2011

The City of Lovers

Don't get me wrong, I do love Rome, but Paris might be stealing the #1 slot.
Whitney, Kate and Robyn are taking little jaunts there in the future, which makes me uber jealous. (I think it's settled: we need to go back.)

In case you think you might want to go, here are our suggestions:

1. Travel from London to Paris via the chunnel.
Contact Evansgroup Tours for the 60 pound fares. Can't be beat. City center to city center in 2 hours! You may have to take the train early morning or in the evening but it will save you some dollars if you're flexible with dates and times.

2. Take a look at Blueprint's Guide to Paris...

3. Read StephModo's.
We LOVED Poilane. I stopped at seemingly EVERY boulangerie for a 'croissant du buerre' and this was one of the best! (Matt loved the apple tarts)

4. Hang out at the Musee D'Orsay.
Do yourself a favor and spend a couple hours in this old train station turned museum. It. is. magical.
Be sure to stop by the cafe on the top floor for a spreading city view on the Seine and some pretty good hot chocolate.

[photo from Stuck in Customs - thank J!]

5. Eat at Cafe Constant or Les Cocottes.
Both have amazing food from chef Christian Constant. We liked it so much, we ate their twice. (In the 7th, on Rue Saint Dominique, not too far from the Eiffel Tower. Don't want to take my word for it?
Read what everyone on trip advisor has to say.
Cafe Constant.
Les Cocottes.
(I really like this concept- EVERY meal is cooked in Le Creusset) Our tip, go on a week night and get their early before the dinner rush at 7:00 pm. They'll tell you the wait in 25 minutes, but it's an hour, and well worth it. The pumpkin soup is creamy and savory. The mashed potatoes melt in your mouth like cotton candy. ENCROYABLE!

6. Stay at Hotel le Bellechasse.
I've never had the pleasure, but I'm dying to. Amazing locale, great reviews, and inspiring interiors. They regularly have 100 Euro / night deals.

7. Take a City Free Walking tour. We learned so much:
- Where the story of Sweeney Todd REALLY took place.
- The Shakespeare Book Co. has produced an endless number of world renowned authors.
- Why it's called the Latin quarter.
- Where the architect hid himself in the facade of Notre Dame

They have multiple tours that leave throughout the day. They say they're "free" and they are - but they ask for a donation at the end. Peer pressure plays a bit of a role, but reward them as you see fit.

What do you love about Paris?


nerak said...

Well this sure is handy considering I'm going to Paris for the first time March 4-6! Thanks, lady.

Shea McGee said...


Katie said...

Great post - I'm going in June with my sister!

Amanda and Matt Dalton said...

I'm going end of April for two weeks- one week in Paris, one week around France. I'm excited to try Poilane! And Laduree, of course.

Whitney said...

can. not. wait. maybe you should start a travel service or blog - oh wait - that's what you ARE DOING for me! xo

the swapps said...

it's like you knew we were going, or something. amazing.

this is why i like you.

noelle regina said...

ash, we're going with you!!!
can't wait.
can't wait.
can't wait.

Rebecca Smylie said...

Wait, I'm so confused. They told me Dakar was the Paris of Africa (really, they did) and our pictures and sentiments are NOTHING like yours.

But I book marking this post as we're headed there in July.

Oliver & Margy said...

We want to go! Thanks for the great synopsis. Hope you guys are doing really well.

mbobm said...

amazing! thank you for posting this!