Paris, city of my dreams: What to see (and what I still want to see)

Oh, Paris. So beautiful. 

There’s a never-ending amount of roads to get lost in in Paris, stopping off at patisseries to refuel, but Rue de Martyrs in Pigalle has to be my favourite road in Paris

Visit the Rose Bakery (above) and order the quiche (below) and salad. And get other things to takeaway.

Sébastien Gaudard patisserie is on the same street – the pastries and chocolate on sale here are sublime and the window displays are always impressive.

I always try to sneak a peek in the kitchen and I always buy the chocolate slabs to take home. Oh, and the cheese shop at the bottom of this road is incredible! So many cheeses, it’s like a cheese cupboard.

If you do (you will) buy lots of cakes from Sébastien Gaudard, walk a bit further to get to the Galleries Lafayette shopping centre and take the escalators up to the roof top terrace (view from terrace, above) to eat them up. The ceiling (below) in the store’s beauty hall is a true thing of actual beauty.

Stay at the Dorchester collection Le Meurice, (below) if you have a pocket full of dollars. I stayed here with my sister for my birthday and it was the absolute dream. The food, oh, the food! Rumour has it that Blue Ivy was conceived in the penthouse, here. Ah, Paris, you ol’ dawg! But Air BnB sounds like it is pretty good in Paris. I’ve had loads of friends that have rented great apartments.

The hotel overlooks the Tuilleries gardens, such a grand and beautiful place to wander. And this leads to the Louvre museum at one end. I’ve never been in but I do like to visit the glass pyramid.

My favourite museum is the Musee D’Orsay, (below) in an old train station with huge clocks and nice afternoon tea restaurant.

Walking everywhere in Paris is manageable and recommended. You’ll come across so many gems this way. The Metro is fairly easy to use, however, and the architecture, in some stations, is quite beautiful.

Walk the other way in the Tuilleries and you can walk up the Champs Elysee (which I’m never that awed by, and it is really far!), which leads to the Arc du Triomphe (above) where you can (for a small fee) walk up the spiral staircase to the top. This offers some of the best views over Paris, including of the Eiffel Tower.

You must visit the Eiffel Tower, obviously. I’ve never been up it, but would like to try the restaurant up there.

Eat at Le Petit Prince de Paris (above) in the historic Latin Quarter (think cobbled streets, candlelight and red velvet), owned by two guys and a dog. Everything we ordered was fresh, large in portions and delicious, but I would say order the boeuf bourguignon (below). My favourite restaurant in the city.

From Le Petit Prince, you can walk down to the river and to Notre Dame. Not sure if it is open at night but it looks cool all lit up. Return by day, by boat perhaps, and light a candle inside the church.

Walk up to the Moulin Rouge by night (I do think that Paris looks prettiest either bu stormy clouds, in the sun or by night), and maybe see a show. I haven’t seen one but the fun windmill on top is a nice sight.

From the Moulin Rouge you can walk up to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, above, (walk off all those pastries, and make room for cheese!), which, again, gives fantastic panoramic views (probably the best ones of the city from here. It is always crowded with tourists, but tick it off. The cafes up here are a bit touristy for my liking.

 

Go to Disneyland! You can easily catch a train for a day trip from the city.

Window shop at the designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Walk along the banks of the River Seine, and maybe take a boat trip. They can be cheesy, but the views are fun.

ALL of the patisseries and bakeries are good – I haven’t met a Parisian pastry I haven’t liked.

Buy a cheese and wine picnic for the Eurostar home! There’s a really good undercover market just near the Gare du Nord train station.

Still to do:

Visit the Palace of Versailles

Go to a disco disco

Shop at the flea markets

All other suggestions very welcome, please!

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