Travel Guide || Paris, France



Planning my first time in Paris got me googling 'places to visit in Paris', 'where to eat in Paris' and 'must see in Paris' and now that I have used all the advices from a billion of webpages, I am giving you my favorite locations in the city of lights - froom food to shopping.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

I love exploring cities in colder months of the year, so fall is and always will be my favorite. It means less tourists, lower temperatures and usually lower prices. Spring and summer bring picnics and festivals, but it gets crowded. No matter the season, Paris is always full of interesting events and activities - indoor or outdoor.


HOW TO GET THERE

Taking a low-cost airline means return tickets for less than 100 euro - we got lucky and got ours for 35€ per person. We flew from Treviso airport in Italy, which means we had to take a ride from Ljubljana. We went there with GoOpti (click here for 5€ off of you next ride). And because low-cost airlines usually fly to airports that are more distant from the city centre, we took a shuttle bus from Beauvais airport to Porte Maillot in Paris. The return ticket costs around 30€ pp. Once you're in Paris, best way to get around is by metro, that costs 1,9€ per ride or you can buy a ticket for several days with unlimited rides. We mostly walked around the city, because this way we got to see more of the city, especially little allies and streets with coute parisian cafes that are not tipically on tourist maps.


WHERE TO STAY

Paris is expensive, that's for sure. So if you're travelling on a budget and you only need a place to sleep over, a nice hostel will do the job. But if you need (or want) special treatment in the centre, with a royal breakfast, fitness and spa, try something like Hotel Monsieur, which I visited and wrote about here. We stayed in a deluxe room with a balcony, king sized bed and a gorgeous bathroom, and the hotel was located in the 8th district, just 15 minutes of walking to the biggest city sights.

FOOD & DRINKS
Because we're not really into french cuisine - meaning escargots and frog legs - we tried several patisseries and stuffed ourselves with the royal hotel breakfast. A place I really enjoyed was only 5 minutes from our hotel - Pistache, le petit apero, where we finished a bottle of pinot noir on a night out, but they also serve great brunches and snacks. There are sooo many bakeries around the city, basically on every corner, so don't hesitate on buying yourself a real french croissant and stop by Ladurée to get an overpriced macroon. 

PLACES TO VISIT

The first sight on everyone's list has to be the gorgeous Eiffel Tower. It lights up every full hour and sparkles for about 5 minutes. (Yes, I waited for an hour in cold to see the lights, no regrets.) A touristy must-see are also Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur and Louvre Museum. Those are the ones we visited, but there are many more sights to see, but don't do them all in one visit. I know I still have Dalí's gallery on my wishlist, and also Bastille, Orsay Museum and many more. 


SHOPPING

Paris has a lot of shopping options, Champs-Elysee being the prettiest and the most expensive one. The street is bursting with high-end and designer brands, from Louis Vuitton to Givenchy, but also every girl's cosmetics heaven - biggest Sephora in town. Offering a bit less expensive brands,Galeries Lafayette was my go-to option, The interesting thing was, that they have a separate building for men and women, both spreading on 5 floors and a terrace with a view on Paris.



Arc de Triomphe






Place de la Concorde






Notre-Dame




Selfie is a must. 




Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)


























The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Le Basilique Sacré-Cœur)





It was foggy, but the view on the city is amazing!  And excuse my crazy hair 😂





Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre)






Flower Market (Marche aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II)






Galeries Lafayette 


















2 comments

  1. Kako pa je z njihovo anglescino? :D Ker nevem besede po francosko je to lahko problem :-| Se eden izmed odličnih zapisov <3

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    1. Po trgovinah nisem imela težav, sploh v večjih centrih ne. V kakšni pekarni ali pa manjši trgovinici ti pa itak samo pokaže znesek računa na blagajni. :D

      Sem se pa nasmejala policaju, ki mi ni znal odgovorit na vprašanje, 'I don't speak English, have a nice day miss' se je pa zgleda perfektno naučil :D

      Najlepša ti hvala <3

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