I miss being on vacation. Paris was such a dream – perfect spring weather, cute streets, macaroons to die for. It’s totally a tourist trap (ask me about the time I almost got gyped by a gypsy, literally) but there’s nothing like it. I studied abroad in France so navigating the city wasn’t too bad with my broken french. Tip: It’s super rude to not say hello and goodbye when entering shops. BONJOUR HI, AU REVIOR CYA LATER. Kinda like that.
STAY: Hotel Pradley via HotelTonight. Use code jmpaphatsalang for $25 off your first booking. International or not. It’s a steal.
SEE: literally, everything. I studied French so I knew what I was looking at for most of the time, but my parents… nope. My mom just wanted to go shopping, but can you blame her? We spent the first day sight-seeing;
- Eiffel Tower. See it during the day and at night.
- Notre-Dame. Lines are always long, but worth it. The inside is insanely gorgeous.
- Arc de Triomphe. Try not to get hit by a car. You’ll see.
- Palais du Louvre. Find a thousand other people attempting the “hold the Louvre” photo. Guilty.
- Sacré-Cœur. Kinda out there but pretty.
- Panthéon. It’s a tall skinny thing, can’t miss it.
- Opéra Garnier. Right by the college, super pretty.
- Les Invalides.
We averaged about 10 miles of walking a day but we got to see everything! Plus, it helped work off all the pastries we stop to eat every hour. When in fucking Paris.
SHOP: You can pretty much shop around the whole city. If you’re looking for your one-stop-shop, Galleries Lafayette is your place. We spend a few hours here. There’s a a COMPLETE FUCKING BUILDING for women, mens, and home. The inside of the women’s section is gorgeous, and where you will find your Gucci, Louis, and YSL.
Tip for you: If you EVER buy a designer bag, do it in Europe. We did some researched and found the most designers are cheapest in Paris, after comparing prices in the US, UK, and France. Plus you get a VAT refund, aka they give you back the money from international taxes.
In larger areas, there are places for you to get a VAT refund at a shop. Because taxes are incorporated into the price tag, international travelers end up getting a percentage back on your credit card or in cash. You can also hold onto your recipes and do it at the airport, but expect a complete shitshow.
This is just a quick recap of our trip but if you have any specific questions about what to do, where to stay, where to shop, etc, just ask in the questions box below!
We stayed in Paris for a few days and then took a flight to Nice. Nice recap coming up next 🙂