Hyper-mega-top! That may be one way to describe Paris, a city so pretty it will make even the hardest heart melt like the inside of a fondant au chocolat. Though the best thing to do in Paris is fuel up with as many pastries as you can afford and spend every waking hour wandering on foot, discovering the unknown delights cached around every corner, there are a few sights you probably won’t want to miss. Let’s see what “to do’s” might make a dif-france during your journey!
1. For a hearty and homey meal, head to Chez Gladines, a lively restaurant that serves tasty Basque food. Always bustling, expect a wait when you arrive. Inside, you and your friends will be seated at one of the red and white checked tablecloth-covered tables next to whichever complete stranger has seats available next to them. Portions are generous, and salads come served in enormous metal mixing bowls. You’ll be glad-ined to know that several great bars are just down the street on Rue Buttes Aux Cailles, great destinations for a post meal soirée.
2. If the buildings of Paris were to duke it out for the title of “Most Stunning,” it would be a long and arduous battle. A few wine bottles might be smashed, and a few tarte aux citrons might be thrown, but the Opéra Garnier would win. A veritable wonder, there’s only one word for the Garnier: indescribable. From the gilded gold statues and oxidized copper dome outside to the vibrant Chagall muraled ceiling inside, the Palais Garnier is a maze of amazing. Although tours are available, think about treating yourself to a show as a great way to see the building; it’s cheaper than you might think. Rush tickets for persons under 28 years of age are 15€ for ballet and 25€ for an opera.
3. When the night falls and the weather is nice, the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Seine, lights up with a hum of laughter, music and contented conversation. Thanks to its central location and great ambiance, locals flock to this bridge, picnics in hand to pass the night drinking wine, eating delectable food, playing guitar and enjoying the evening. Your Picnic In Paris Dress will be an apt and adorable item to wear!
4. The sweet, fresh taste of homemade mint tea is reason enough to visit the Mosquée de Paris, a fully functional mosque and eye-pleasing taste of North Africa right in the heart of Paris. Sit down in the breezy covered patio or on the plush cushions of the decadent tea room to enjoy a hot beverage as you write in your Deauville Leisure Journal. Be sure to buy a pastry or two from the glass case in the entryway to the tea room. Although not your typical decadent French affair of a delicacy, these North African sweets are equally as delicious.
5. If you’ve decided to take a day exploring by foot in your Cocoa Beach Wedges, take a detour by Julien Aurouze at 8 rue des Halles, 1st arrondissement. But be aware! This sight, unlike most in Paris, is not a pretty one. This exterminator shop may have nothing you’ll want to bring home as a gift for your family, but their window display, full of taxidermy from their successful exterminations, is insolite (unusual) beyond your greatest expectations.
Once you’ve channeled all this information into you head, hop with us on the chunnel as we go to London for our next Travel Bug!