I am heading to Paris in July, can you even believe that? I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am and how surreal this all still seems. I am going with one of my girlfriends, Julie, and we will be there for 6 amazing days. What literally started as a coffee and a conversation about going to Paris, turned into actually going to Paris.
Julie and I were having coffee one morning and discussing my blog and ways I could get more French content. We were talking about all the places we could go around Kansas City that had some kind of French vibe. Casually, we mentioned we should go to Paris and the next thing you know, 48 hours later we had a trip to Paris booked. It all just happened spontaneously and serendipitously which is sometimes the best way trips happen. The week we choose actually works out because London will be with my parents and Nathan has a few work events planned. I basically took it as a way the universe was telling me to go to Paris! It also helped that Nathan was completely on board and said if I didn’t go then I would end up regretting not going. So, off to Paris we go.
Even though I’ve been there several times I feel like there’s so much I need to research and do before we go. I want to make sure we make the most of our 6 days but also not have a jam packed agenda. Honestly, my favorite thing to do in Paris is to be a “Flâneur” which literally means to be a stroller or walk the streets. Last time Nathan and I went, we would just walk for hours and then stop at a cute little cafe and have wine. Then walk some more and repeat. There’s no other city in the world better for this than Paris plus the evenings in July last forever. The sun doesn’t go down until around 9:30.
We are going to stay in the 6th arrondissement in Saint Germain des Pres. I’ve stayed here two other times and it’s my absolute favorite area close to so many things and so many cute cafes like Cafe de Flore, and Les Deux Magots. I currently have an ongoing list of places to make dinner reservations, places to see the views, and a list of places to go shopping. The only problem with going to Paris is there’s never enough time in Paris. I am trying to savor this entire process of planning because I know it will come and go so fast.
For restaurants, hoping to get to some of our favorites like Ralphs and Laduree, and a few new places like Café Marly and Le Temps de Cerises and Paul Bert that have been on my list. I’ve also been given a few recommendations to try as well like Candelaria and Canard & Champagne.
There are several places I have marked down for us to catch the best view of the city either in the daytime or the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night. Hotel Raphael has a gorgeous rooftop bar that would be beautiful with a glass of champagne. The Peninsula Paris also has an elegant rooftop terrace that looks very chic and a must do. One other hotel we must see is the Ritz Paris who underwent a 4 year renovation since I was last there.
Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a picnic at the Eiffel Tower and the champs de mars. We can stop by the Rue Cler Market or La Grande Epicerie first to get all our picnic supplies.
It’s bound to be an incredible trip full of amazing memories and pictures and I can’t wait to share everything with you all. I will still have several posts coming up dedicated to the trip plus what I am packing so stay tuned for more.
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