A Week In Paris

I was in a cozy rooftop bar in NYC last year and a man studying chemistry next to me (who studies at a bar?) struck up conversation with me. We were on the subject of traveling and he said something to me that I have not and will not forget. “Every time you travel to a new place, explore it as if you will be back very soon”. In other words, don’t stress yourself out trying to cram every single sight and thing to do in one trip. It is one, not possible and two, you don’t get to experience the city; you miss it all trying to see it all.

I have been to many cities in my lifetime but none were as magical and exciting as Paris.. and I have a feeling none will ever be.


Our first trip to Paris I wanted to experience everything but knew that wasn’t possible. Below you will find my favorite things to do while in the city. Some were planned before hand but almost all were stumbled upon while we walked and pretended to be Parisian.

In polite society, a French kiss is just a kiss in Paris.

                                                                                                             -Violet Grey


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Iconic // Eiffel Tower // ironically my favorite places to see the Eiffel Tower were not at the Eiffel Tower itself. It has been turned into the Times Square of Paris and as soon as I arrived underneath I was trying to leave. I recommend viewing the Eiffel Tower at Trocadéro or the rooftop at Shangri-La Hotel.

Unique // Montmartre // Primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, Montmartre sits on a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. It is one of my favorite places to visit in Paris. Between its tiny cobblestone streets, unusual street art, unique restaurants and boutiques it is a can’t miss. See my favorite places in this neighborhood, here.

Relaxing // Tuileries Gardens // the most visited park and the perfect place to share a bottle of wine and lie in the grass.

Historic // Notre-Dame // get here about 30 minutes before it opens and if you are facing Notre-Dame the line to the top starts on the left. This was by far the best sight we saw. Between the hundreds of unique gargoyles and perfect views it is definitely a place I will return. Make sure to eat before you visit, though. I almost fainted going up the many, many..many stairs, ha. The crown of thorns and parts of the cross are preserved here. The first Friday of every month at 3 PM, guarded by the Knights, the Holy Relics are exposed for veneration and adoration by the faithful before the cathedral’s high altar.. talk about something to see.

Cliche (but necessary) // Pont Neuf Bridge // don’t worry about bringing a lock to the bridge, there is multiple people selling them for reasonable prices and they even engrave them for you! Michael and I have ours there (send a pic if you find it!). Make sure to kiss each other and toss the key into the Seine for eternal love.

Free // Musée Carnavalet // located in my favorite neighborhood, Le Marais, Musée Carnavalet is a gorgeous museum with an even more gorgeous garden. The museum is never packed leaving you plenty of opportunities for a photo op. They also have the cutest little souvenir shop at the end. We visited right before they closed for renovation. They are scheduled to reopen in 2019. 

Crowd-Free // Hotel Sully // between its courtyard and its garden, the Hôtel de Béthune-Sully is one of the most beautiful private mansions in Paris. Access to bookshop and garden is free to the public and it is the perfect places to sit down and relax.

Stunning // Pont Alexandre III Bridge // my favorite bridge, that even trumps the romantic love lock is the Pont Alexandre III. This is also a great place to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle at night.


{Eiffel Tower}


{gargoyles and perfect views at Notre-Dame}


{view from Pont Alexandre III Bridge}


{enjoying the flowers at Musée Carnavalet}


{Tuileries Gardens}


~~~~~~~~~       My favorite moments       ~~~~~~~~~~

watching Michael eat a hot dog, 1 hour after arriving..

salsa dancing at the Plage de Paris

how Paris looks at night

getting splashed by the Fountaines de la Concorde

gawking at all of the Parisian doors

falling asleep with the balcony windows open





{view from our bed}

Paris is not a city you only visit once. Once you see and experience Paris you are hooked. It latches on to your every spare thought and every midnight dream. You spend your whole life trying to return.



I found there is never enough time in Paris. As cliche as it sounds; Paris has changed me. I romanticize on idea of moving there, if even for a short time. Just writing about it now makes my heart swell. I’ve never felt this way about a city. I guess I’m finally understanding why people always say, “Paris is always a good idea”.

Thanks to Expedia for making this trip possible.