Paris by far has been my favorite city yet! Here are a couple of my favorite moments.
Crêpes: My first taste of Paris was a Nutella crêpe underneath the Eiffel Tower and it was every bit as amazing as it sounds. Crêpe stands are everywhere in Paris, so I definitely recommend checking a couple of them out if you are there!
Macaroons: I’ll admit I’m not much of a macaroon person, but since I was in Paris, a macaroon was at the top of my “food to try” list. There were some flavors I didn’t care for, but I had a delicious lemon macaroon at an adorable café very close to the Notre Dame.
Palace of Versailles: This is an absolute must. Whether or not you care for history, the Palace of Versailles is an incredible structure that is filled with splendors and luxuries we can only dream of living in! Every single aspect of each room is a work of art. We spent about three hours going through the Chateau alone, but in the warmer months the gardens and other grounds would be wonderful to see as well.
Shakespeare and Company: We found Shakespeare and Company bookstore near the Notre Dame while we were wandering around in the streets. This bookstore also has a cafe with gluten-free and vegetarian options, so it can be enjoyed by anyone! The bookstore feels like one from the movies, with crowded shelves and books galore written in multiple languages. There are nooks everywhere to sit and read, and a piano on the top floor for people to play!
Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe: We went to see the Arc de Triomphe our first day and it turned out to be a great starting place. The structure is beautiful and if you get to the top, you have a lovely view of the city. We walked from there down the Champs-Élysées streets where there were shops to browse. Security is pretty strict in these stores. There were guards at the door asking to check our bags, even in the less high end shops!
Eiffel Tower: Of course, this is a given on any Paris trip. The tower was under construction when we were there, so there wasn’t much of any opportunity to go up, but the view was still amazing from the ground. I recommend going at sunset because we were able to take photos in front of it with sunlight and also see it lit up! Absolutely stunning!
Louvre: Pro tip: If you are under 25, you can get into the Louvre for free after 6 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are over 25, you still get a reduced fair at those times! We saw the Louvre Friday night and saw a couple of exhibits that we were most interested in. The Louvre is very confusing to navigate inside, but the amount of artwork it has to display is incredible! If you are able to come to the Louvre on two different occasions, it would help to keep interest and still see a lot of the exhibits.
Hostel Generator-Paris: My friend booked this hostel for us after hearing about it from a friend and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. Before Paris, we had been staying in Airbnb apartments. They were all nice, but none of them had the social aspect of the hostel for us to meet friends and people from all over the world. I was skeptical of staying in a hostel at first, but the security and the amenities of the Generator made it seem almost like a hotel! Not all hostels are like this, though, and I’m sure I’m going to be hit with reality once we start staying in more hostels throughout the semester.