10/24/2011

{girls guide to...} PARIS

Happy Monday my dears!  Did you see yesterday's surprise OOTD post? I hope so!  It was such an amazing opportunity to work with Daily Buzz Style...I loved it! 

I'm so glad you're joining me today because it's the official start of PARIS WEEK!  I have so many things I want to share with you from my recent trip so I'm dedicating all the posts this week to the City of Lights! YAY! 

Today I'm featuring an insider guide to the city in addition to my photos.  I took so many pictures!  And if I do say so myself, some of them turned out pretty well!  These are my favorites that I wanted to show you.  Plus while I was there I learned more about the city, so I put them both together into this little guide.  I travel a lot so I'll try to put together a girls guide post for every city I visit.  Enjoy the pictures & I hope the suggestions are useful for your next trip to Paris!




Of course we have to start with the Eiffel Tower! It's absolutely beautiful.  These shots are some of my favorite ones that I took.  Oh, and don't forget the carousel!









Now let's get over the basics of the city & getting around:

Paris is divided into 19 districts. It's like a snail, the very center being the 1st district and moving out. Each neighborhood has its specialties.  The subway (metro or just M°) is very practical albeit a bit complicated.  Just pay careful attention and stick with it.  I would suggest purchasing a 3 day pass for about 20 euros.  It has many routes, each one having a different color (that's why in this guide you might see M°7 pink for example so it’s easier to find by either the color or the number). 



Neighborhoods

Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th arrondissement) and Le Marais which is in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements (Just walk around these neighborhoods for amazing shopping and people watching and basically all the amazing French ways of life) M° Place Monge, no 7 (pink).  The "quartier latin"is also a very nice neighbourhood to discover, just walking.  Rue Mouffetard is an old, beautiful street in Paris with plenty of restaurants. Make sure to visit a famous ice cream place: Gelati d'Alberto.


Of course, Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur Basilique are must sees. The best way to discover this area, and any French city in general, is to walk down the streets, and take any small narrow sidepath. You always end up in beautiful places. Montmartre is full of surprises. You can get off at M° Lamarck-Coulaincourt (12, green) and start walking up the hill. This metro station is shown in "Amelie". The entrance door to Montmartre. Otherwise, M° Abbesses (12, green), if you want something closer.  At the same M° station, Lamarck-Coulaincourt, you have vineyards, the famous Montmartre one, very beautiful. Rue des Saules. While in Montmartre, take the cable car, to go down maybe. Or at least have a look at it: Funiculaire Montmartre, you’ll see it when in the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.



Parks

Paris is full of beautiful gardens & parks, get a picnic {from Bon Marche food market or go get salads and quiches from this amazing quiche place called Gerard Mulot} and go to the Jardin du Luxembourg.  Another beautiful garden is Jardin Tuileries ... you can get sandwiches from Fauchon and take them there because its close.  You should visit Jardin Tulieries on the same days as you visit the Louvre museum as they across the way.  Parisiens love their parks, and it's part of the French way of living.  I'm particulary fond of this one: Parc des Buttes- Chaumont. M° Buttes-Chaumont (7b, light green), or Pyrénées (11, brown).  Also you have this beautiful tree-lined walkway, beginning just east of the Opéra Bastille with the elevated Viaduc des Arts. This unique plant-flanked promenade spans the 4.5 km from Place de la Bastille to Bois de Vincennes. M° Bastille (1- yellow, 5- orange or 8- violet). 




Nightlife

The Champs Elysees has nightclubs and bustling restaurants.  Do as the French: enjoy life by walking down the streets. I like the very heart of Paris at night: Ile de la Cité, which is the area around Notre-Dame. Go there, then the Louvre, then walk over Pont des Arts, a very pretty bridge. M° Louvre-Rivoli (1, yellow). 

Shopping

You must visit:  Merci Merci Concept store.  Also Colette is a fabulous department store.  Just walk up and down St. Honore for great shopping as well as Rue de Rivoli.  Don't miss the temples of the Parisian shopping called Les Grands Magasins: Galeries Lafayette (M° Chaussée d'Antin, 7 or 9),  Printemps (M° Havre-Caumartin, 3 or 9), and Le Bon Marché (this one has a famous grocery shop too- M° Sèvres-Babylone, 10 or 12).  Even if you don't buy anything, it's worth going:  they were built in the 19th century, the architecture is amazing.  In the same vicinty of the first two, you have the Opera of Paris...stop by.  Apart from Les Grands Magasins, here are a few stores that I are my favorites. You can find them in malls (like Chatelet) or randomly in the streets: Comptoir des Cotonniers, Caroll, Sinequanone, Minelli (for shoes).  And obviously, this goes without saying you must stroll the Champs Elysees!


   
Bakeries

Laduree is an absolute must for macaroons.  I would suggest the one on the Champs Elysees - I also love the prepared tea sandwiches and salads there. Grab some and head to the Luxembourg Gardens.   Pierre Herme bakery is like a boutique with delicious eclairs. Vanilla eclair is incredible!  You must get one!  Breizh Café for crepes, its in the Marais (you can go for dessert or dinner...they have savory crepes too)   Gerard Mulot is a delicious quiche place.  In the bakeries, you must try: pain au chocolat, croissant, croissant aux amandes (with yummy almond paste inside), tarte au chocolat, anything that has pistachios if you like it.



Cafes

Les Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore- I know its supposedly "touristy" but its amazing for people watching. And, all the locals are there.

Restaurants

Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte is famous for steak and frites  
Les Comptoir du Relais is a favorite restaurant, you need a reservation on weeknights but not weekends.
Le Ptit Hugo has crepes and others specialities from Bretagne, a region of France. 
34 rue de Cambrai, Paris 19e, M° Corentin-Cariou, n. 7 (pink)
Café le Zimmer feautres traditionnal French cuisine
1 place du Chatelet , Paris 1e, M° Chatelet (1, 11, 14, 4, 7)
Chez Justine
96 rue oberkampf, Paris 11 M° Parmentier, n.3
  
And, finally

Paris has a famous flea market ...Marché aux Les Puces.  It's treasured by Parisians & some even consider it a historic landmark because it dates back more than a century.  It's one of the greatest attractions in Paris with over 3,000 vendors and little markets within the market.  The featured dealers maintain truly impeccable collections within their stalls...it's gorgeous!  What you'll find:  antiques, furniture, and vintage clothing.  Some fun things I saw:  old letters, trunks, maps, jewels and gems, chandeliers, lampshades, accessories, original art, mirrors, silver, frames, trunks.

Metro: PT. de Clignancourt, Friday and Monday, 9 to 1pm; weekends from 9am to 6pm

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There you have it my lovelies!
Come back tomorrow for part 1 of my OOTD posts from Paris.
And don't forget to enter the giveaway
for all the beautiful French pieces I brought back!

Bisous,
xx

12 comments:

fancyfunction said...

Great shots and great advice! I was in Paris for the first time this summer and your post brought me right back. :)

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

Wow thank you for such an in-depth Paris experience! So excited for my trip!!!

Lily said...

Such gorgeous photos !! Love how sunny it looks !

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Stephanie said...

Great pictures! Paris was beautiful!! We had a great time and it looks like you did too!

Fashion-isha said...

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love yours and I'm so excited about your Paris posts...it's a little escape from the mundane. I'm following you now and I hope you'll consider doing the same for my blog :)
xo
Sharon

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Viviana said...

This is such a great Paris guide! My first stop would be for macaroons at Laduree :)

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Sarah Grecco said...

There is no city I love more than Paris. It makes me SO DANG happy. Been there 2 times and will probably go at least 10 more in my lifetime!

Great photos!

xo
Sarah
Get Up & Go

Hallie said...

i feel like i just WENT! great post - the pictures are amazing!

Courtney said...

Amazing photos! I'm so glad you shared :)

I went to Paris a few years ago and this made me miss it in a good way.

Erika [small shop] said...

Ahhhhh...everyone is going to Paris and I love it. I get to live vicariously through you all.

Great tips. I had to same experiences the times I've been. It was long ago, and I'm itching to get back.

willg said...

I can't wait to go this spring! Would you recommend a Paris City Pass for getting around the city?