first up… paris

Paris, France has always been a dream of mine and the TOP of my bucket list. People talk about the amazing museums, baguette & cheese picnics, endless wine & the snotty people. I love most of those things (truth: I don’t love museums & enjoy people with attitudes). I’ll spare you the logistical details, but Aryan & I were only able to spend one night in Paris. I was not going to miss the opportunity to see it even if it was a short trip. 

Paris was all that I thought it would be and more. I’m pretty sure Aryan has never seen me so happy before. It rained the entire time we were there, but we managed to get in all the eats (albeit, touristy), go shopping, meet up with some besties who were also in town, see the Louvre (my sister, Sura, would have killed me if I didn’t go), & (of course) go see the Eiffel Tower.
 

literally so happy
literally so happy

where to stay:

  • Champs Elysee (Our AirBnB location was amazing, but it was up 6 flights of stairs in a dark staircase… needless to say, Aryan heard a lot of complaining & we were only there for a night, but the location & price can’t be beat)

must see/do:

  • I thought that I might think the Eiffel Tower was overrated but it’s actually massive & pretty magical- even in the rain
  • Walk from the Champs Elysee to Le Marais. It’s a long walk but it’s a good way to get your steps in after eating so much & the sights along the way are unreal
my favorite way seeing the eiffel tower was along the river, espresso & husband in hand
my favorite way seeing the eiffel tower was along the river, espresso & husband in hand
wandering from champs elsyee to marais (to go get falafels of course) is how we stumbled upon the louvre- we almost didn't recognize it with the art installation over
wandering from champs elsyee to marais (to go get falafels of course) is how we stumbled upon the louvre- we almost didn’t recognize it with the art installation over

eats:

  • Strawberry Tart at Laduree  on Champs Elysee (mostly to eat in the adorable back bar & because I adore their salted caramel macarons)
  • Every cool flavor macaron at Pierre Herme (voted World’s Best Pastry Chef 2016)
  • Steak & frites at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte where there is one thing served… you guessed it, steak & frites (ugly truth: you will likely wait in line, but it is worth it) 

wait in line... trust me- it is worth it 
wait in line… trust me- it is worth it 
laduree is such a cute bakery, so we snuck in pierre herme macarons to do a taste taste there (shh!) conclusion: they are so different & both amazing 
laduree is such a cute bakery, so we snuck in pierre herme macarons to do a taste taste there (shh!) conclusion: they are so different & both amazing 
le relais de l'entrecôte there will be a line here as well, even if it's raining, but their pesto gravy is something dreams are made of
le relais de l’entrecôte there will be a line here as well, even if it’s raining, but their pesto gravy is something dreams are made of
le relais de l'entrecôte don't worry fellow sweet-tooth lovers, they have desserts as well that are divine (not pictured: creme brulee that is to die for)
le relais de l’entrecôte don’t worry fellow sweet-tooth lovers, they have desserts as well that are divine (not pictured: creme brulee that is to die for)

the ugly truth:

  • Cabs will try to rip you off
    • Shushu’s tip… ask how much before you get into any taxi & negotiate or use your data to order an uber
  • The Mona Lisa is overwhelming with people
    • Shushu’s tip… try to go on an off hour or off season to the Louvre (does that exist?) or go to Musee d’Orsay (we didn’t get a chance, but our friend who lived in Paris recommended it over the Louvre)
  • This is actually a “pretty” truth… but people are actually very nice
Louvre closest we could get to homegirl...
Louvre closest we could get to homegirl…

Paris was the perfect combination of travel, food, & love… The only problem is that I need more of it, so I’ll see you soon Paris… we’re off to the South of France!

airbnb staircase with our 200 lbs. worth of stuff
airbnb staircase with our 200 lbs. worth of stuff

 

xoxo- Shushu 

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