I am not sure that I have ever been more filled to the brim with joy! We are currently in Florence but spent the most amazing 3 days in Paris to kick off this summer. This past weekend was my first time ever in Paris and it did not disappoint. Paris is a much more historic and much more beautiful New York City. The vastness of the city totally took us by surprise. I had not expected it to be so massive! You could spend your entire life exploring every neighborhood and street of Paris. We only just scratched the surface of everything that there is to see there. I had always heard that the French were rude and hated Americans; however, we were totally surprised by the French peoples’ kindness and hospitality. They were nothing but patient and sweet to us! Traveling to Paris also felt very easy. The flight from Chicago to Paris is just 7 hours and then you’re there! Totally easy.
We stayed in the 1st arrondisement in Paris. I picked the 1st arrondissement because I had read that it was a central location to all surrounding areas. The 1st arrondissement was great and gave us a good starting off point to explore the other neighborhoods. We stayed at the Handsome Hotel and typical of most European hotels our room was super small and the elevator was so itty bitty tiny that no more than 2 moderately sized people could fit inside! It was a good, clean hotel. I am not sure that I would recommend the Handsome Hotel because it was not anything special but it did the trick. The next time we go back I would stay in St. Germain or the Le Marais districts, however. Now that we have a better feel for the city I think we would stay in St. Germain. Matt and I also really loved the Latin District. The Latin District, St. Germain and Le Marais are areas all filled with the most gorgeous open air shops and bistros that spill out onto the streets.
^^ Can we just talk about how amazing The Goop City Guides are?! Gwyneth Paltrow never steers me wrong. While planning this trip I got recommendations from friends and basically just used her Classic Paris guide. La Palette was a recommendation from her Classic Paris guide.
^^ Right before our flight to Paris, two excited kids!
^^ a little cafe in Le Marais
^^ I had read about Hotel Costes for months before our trip and just had to take a peek inside this 5 star hotel/nightlife hot spot. We had dinner there and basically just went for the people watching. Everyone there was seriously a super model. It was some of the most interesting people watching! The whole hotel is lush and romantic and also filled with super old men with very young models. It is quite a scene but worth seeing! We paid $17 euro for my avocado salad which was literally just an avocado! You are basically paying for the atmosphere and scene.
^^ You can stroll through the most amazing gardens for days! We kept getting lost in gardens!
^^The Louve is so massive and occupies giant city blocks.
^^ The little road with all the brightly colored houses, an Instagram destination for sure!
^^ The most beautiful little Museum, the Rodin Museum is so worth checking out! The gardens are the space are completely gorgeous.
^^ We took the train out to see Versailles one of the days in Paris. I would recommend spending the entire day at Versailles because it is just so totally massive you will need the whole day to explore the grounds! It took us about 2 hours to just briefly walk through the gardens and could have spent another 2 hours in the gardens alone! The lines to get into the Castle were super long. We probably waited in line for about an hour, but it was so worth it. I have never seen something so opulent! Fun Fact- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had some sort of pre-wedding dinner at Versailles and apparently rented out the castle for $300,000! That is seriously the most excessively opulent thing I have ever heard!
^^ The Gardens of Versailles- the orange grove.
^^ “The Thinker” by Rodin at the Rodin Museum
^^ The Rodin Museum
^^ Inside our itty bitty hotel elevator
^^ Inside the Rodin Museum
^^ The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, totally breathtaking
^^ a lounge area inside of the Hotel Costes
^^ The Rodin Museum
^^ A quick pit stop at the Laduree Royale! The macaroons here seriously tasted better than the ones in NYC.
^^ Paris is filled with the most gorgeous little fruit stands! Isn’t this the most beautiful fruit you have ever seen?!