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Paris Travel Guide

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

To say that our trip to Paris was a whirlwind would be an understatement! It was a week full of Aperol spritzes, art and lots and lots of walking! But it was the most incredible trip.

If you know me, then you know I’ve been DYING to go to Paris ever since I fell in love with Funny Face in High School. (Audrey Hepburn was and still is my IDOL) Peter and I were even planning to possible travel there next September for our one year wedding anniversary!

So when my parents texted us (while we were still in Hawaii on our honeymoon FYI) asking if we wanted to visit my sister who was studying abroad in Paris during her Thanksgiving break, we jumped at the chance! Not only did we have minimal time for the excitement to settle in, my parents and sister planned our trip entirely so it was sort of a surprise trip!


Eiffel Tower

The big thing (literally) I was looking forward to was seeing the Eiffel tower twinkle at night. So on our very first night there, jet lagged and exhausted, we made our way over and was it incredible! It seemed so surreal that I couldn’t even imagine we were there! We didn’t spend much time there but it was still enough to take in all the magic.


Of course like any other Parisian tourist we made a trip to the Louvre. Maybe it was the cold or maybe it was because we arrived early, there wasn’t much of a line to get in! Once in, we meandered our way through the museum from top to bottom, ending with the ever famous Mona Lisa. By that point, the museum started to get SUPER crowded and we made our way out of there! While it wasn’t my favorite, I think it’s still definitely something to experience.


On our third day there while my sister had class, we took a walking tour of the area of Montmartre. I went into it knowing NOTHING about the area and was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned! I thought halfway through that I’d be cold, bored and done with it but it really flew by! We learned so much about the artists that lived in that area (Picasso, Van Gogh, etc) and got to see so many pretty sights! This was definitely a favorite of mine during our trip.

Disneyland Paris

Being self-proclaimed “Disney Fanatics”, my family had to make it over to Disneyland Paris! After the hour long train ride, we finally made it! It was terribly cold that day and a little wet but we spent the entire day there exploring and riding rides! If you’re a Disney fan, it’s totally a must-see.


At first, I was a bit hesitant about visiting the Catacombs. Tunnels and tunnels of bones of dead bodies line-up? Not my ideal activity. But with the audio tour we had, we learned a lot about Paris’ past and how this came to be. While yes, very creepy, it was also pretty interesting! My claustrophobia may have kicked in a littttlee bit in the beginning, overall it was pretty cool!

Musee d’Orsay/ Musee de l’Orangerie

This was by far my favorite museum(s) that we went to! There are two different buildings and in order to see both you need to purchase two tickets, which I’m so glad we did! These museums hold a lot of the art that you see in your textbooks: Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas and more! It was incredible to see some of my favorite paintings in real life! Monet’s water lilies were seriously unreal!

Arch de Triomphe

While pretty from the bottom, the view from the top of the Arch was the best! We could see all of Paris. It was definitely worth the hundreds of steps to the top!


We didn’t plan too many of our meals out in Paris. Majority of the time when we got hungry, we just popped into the nearest corner cafe and took a seat! There’s seriously cafes EVERYWHERE and they were all so yummy.

Les Fables de la Fontaine

We ate here our first night and the squash I had was amazing! I also began my addiction to Aperol Spritzs. It was also walking distance from the Eiffel Tower.

Les Cocottes Arc de Triomphe

This place was so cute with some of the best wine/champagne selection and great desserts!


Being Gluten Intolerant, I was really nervous to travel to Paris since so much of their culture is bread. We found this little Gluten Free Cafe on a whim and omg it was my favorite breakfast! It was walking distance to Musee d’Orsay and had some of the best bread, cappuccinos and jucies!

Gemini Family

Sometimes you just crave pizza and somehow we found a gluten free pizza place within walking distance of where we were staying! We even ordered take out from them a few nights later when we were just too tired to go out!


What’s a trip to Paris without a trip to Lauduree?! We got a box of their macarons and they were delicious!


7th Arrondissement

My parents rented us an Airbnb within the 7th arrondissement. It was so cute and perfect for us! We were able to stock some groceries, have a place to hangout and live among the Parisians!


We took the Metro EVERYWHERE that week. It was seriously so easy to use and so convenient. Especially since there was a stop two blocks from our Airbnb.

I honestly could have stayed another WEEK in Paris. There are so many more things I want to experience in that area and even more places within France that I’d love to travel to. Maybe we’ll be back soon? Who knows! But I do hope you are able to make it to Paris one day. It truly is the City of Lights!



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