My husband and I celebrated our two year anniversary with four days spent in the city of love. Four days is enough time to get a feel for Paris, but definitely not enough to see it all. There are just so many things to do in this beautiful city and we had just so little time.
Paris Tip…Arrondissement what?
To begin my Paris guide, it’s best to start with the breakdown of the city itself. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts. This is crucial to know before planning your Paris trip so that you can know where you’d like to stay and spend your time. Each arrondissement offers its own unique charm and has different tourists attractions. For example The Eiffel tower is in the 7th arrondissement and the Louvre is in the 1st. Our hotel was in the 8th arrondissement by the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. This district is know for its amazing shopping, from high end designer brands and other well know affordable brands. There are plenty of restaurants and a bustling nightlife scene full of hip bars and lounges here.
What to do?
We spent a number of hours strolling through a majority of the districts. My two favorites after seeing the Eiffel Tower of course was Le Marais in the 3rd and 4th & Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement.
Le Marais is a lively neighborhood with lots of trendy bars and restaurants. We spent an afternoon wondering through the magical old world feel of cobblestone roads and medieval architecture. Grab a falafel as you discover this old part of Paris.
Located in the 18th arrondissement Montmartre could easily be my favorite part of Paris. Know for its artistic charm and the Sacre Coeur. This area gets pretty packed with people sitting on the stairs around the church and looking out at the amazing views of Montmartre. At the main square you will see artists drawing portraits surrounded by busy restaurants. If you walk down the hill you can find other restaurants that aren’t so touristy and much more charming.
Louvre & Chateau de Versailles
The Louvre was crazy as expected. The room to see the Mona Lisa was absolutely bonkers. It was worth it though to see other amazing masterpieces from Raphael and my most favorite sculpture the “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss” by Antonio Canova.
Palace of Versailles is absolutely mind blowing. The opulence and decadence is out of this world! Pictures don’t do the place justice at all. Ryan and I spent two hours touring the house and another two hours chasing each other through the gardens and we still couldn’t get through the whole place. The palace was built over centuries by many different King Louis’ that kept adding on more extravagance after the other.
Le Relais De l’Entrecôte gets hit with a line out the door everyday and they’ve been serving this fixed menu that keeps people coming back. It was totally worth it. The steak frites was delicious and the sauce was plate lickin’ good.
We weren’t lucky enough to try the oh so famous hot chocolate at Angelina’s because it was just too stinkingly hot over the four days we stayed in Paris. The champagne and desserts definitely made up for it though.