Paris in a Flash!

Welcome to our Destination in a Flash guide for Paris, France! Whether you want some inspiration for your next trip, or need advice on making the most out of 24 hours, this is the guide for you! We’ll tell you our favorites from our adventures in Paris and what we recommend to see, do, eat and skip. Bon Voyage!

What to See:

Eiffel Tower: I mean seriously, it’s Paris! It’s a symbol known all around the world, even if it is “just” a steel tower. Of course, it is visited by millions each year, so it can get crowded especially in the summertime. If you are short on time, seeing the Eiffel Tower from the Champs de Mars (park surrounding the tower) is still spectacular! For a real treat, watch for the sparkling light show that happens every hour on the hour after dark.

If you really want to go up to the top and have the time to do so, may we suggest taking the stairs? Not only do you get to stop at the first floor (which you cannot with the elevator), but the tickets are cheaper and you’ll have time to take in all the glorious views!

What to Do:

Don’t just look, go inside the Louvre: The Louvre is one of the most amazing art museums in the world, holding 35,000 pieces of art on display! With works from Leonardo De Vinci, Botecelli, Delacroix and Michaelangelo, you’ll see many amazing and famous pieces from around the world. Paintings aren’t your style? Check out the Egyptian section complete with sphinx statues, sarcophagi, and even a real mummy! Whatever your taste, there is something inside the Louvre to impress you!

What to Eat:

Feeling adventurous? Try Escargots: The French are known for their fancy, albeit slithery food choices. Frog legs, caviar, and our favorite, escargot (snails)! We’ve always loved seafood, but were surprised by how much we liked escargot. Drenched in butter, garlic and pesto, they are definitely a must try!

Where to get it: Bouillon Chartier, 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France

Not your speed, find some delectable French Macarons: Not to be confused with macaroons, French macarons are a small, flaky cookie with a layer of sweet filling inside. They come in variety of flavors, my favorites being caramel, pistachio, lemon and strawberry. Grab a few with a cappuccino and enjoy all the sweetness that Paris has to offer!

Where to get it: many French bakeries will have macarons, but for the best, you can try Pierre Hermé or Carette (multiple locations)

What to Skip (and what to see instead):

Skip the Champs-Élysées: If you are a true fashionista and have a gold card, the Champs-Élysées is the place for you. But for most tourists, it just a main shopping street with expensive stores. It’s not bad for a walk through and to see the Arc de Triomphe at the end, but it wasn’t a highlight for us in Paris.

Instead, walk through the Luxembourg Gardens: Paris has many beautiful green spaces scattered throughout the city, but none like the Luxembourg Gardens! The palace, the pond filled with tiny sailboats, the budding flowers – I felt like I was lost in a Madeline storybook! It’s the perfect place to relax or have a picnic lunch, and enjoy the wonders of Parians life.

Matthew & Stephanie

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