Paris – The city of lights

If you ever considered going to France, stop thinking about it and go!
The french are some of the friendliest, most helpful, life loving people I’ve met anywhere in Europe. People stopped what they were doing to help us find our way, googled information up, pulled in a survey group of friends to see if any of them knew what we were looking for and made every effort to communicate with us! We were blown away with their friendliness and the sea of never ending smiles.

We were fortunate enough to visit Paris over Bastille Day. It was amazing to talk to the locals and see how proud they are of their country. People were singing and dancing in the streets, toasting with one another and sharing life stories. It was amazing.

During our visit, we stayed in a small hotel, called Josephine, in Montmarte, just one block down form the Moulin Rouge. It was a great location for us – easy access to the subway; and walking distance to Sacre-Coeur.

From Sacre-Coeur you can walk back to the Mounlin Rouge and enjoy an amazing street art tour! We absolutely LOVED it! -And best of all, it didn’t cost us a single penny!

We got up early and went to the Eiffel Tower Summit. You have to purchase tickets ahead of time (otherwise you end up in the line pictured below!) and you want to aim for the 9AM opening time. Within an hour of the first lift going up, the summit gets incredibly crowded! For those that do NOT fear heights, you can walk down the stairs after your visit and really get those thigh muscles moving…

To see the Eiffel Tower after dark, simply walk along the river and find a cool spot to relax. For the romantic in you, purchase a bottle of bubbly and enjoy it in the park while the tower sparkles in front of you. It sparkles every hour and is absolutely mesmerizing!

If you don’t want to do a lot of walking, opt for one of the sight seeing boats. It’s a great way to cover a lot of ground, and see the main highlights of Paris, without breaking a sweat! My mom did the cruise while we did some walking and we met up at one of the stops for lunch.
Another great way to cool down during the hot summer months is a visit to the Catacombs. This is a fascinating tour under the city of Paris…

We didn’t care to get into the Louvre and preferred to avoid the masses. Instead we went there at night, after it was closed and enjoyed the architecture and lights all by ourselves. There was a cello player in the courtyard and it was just the most romantic setting!

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The food in Paris is amazing! We sat in many street cafes enjoying the scenery and some people watching while cooling down with some bubbly and a cheese  platter. To me, that’s just the perfect way to experience Paris! When in Montmarte, seek out Le Tres Particulier Cocktail and Tapas Bar located inside Hotel Particulier Montmarte.

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From Paris we took a 2 hour train ride south to Avignon, where we embarked on our Southern Provence Adventure. We selected a 7-day river cruise on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises to work our way north back to Lyon. (click here for important disclosures) We cruised on board the S.S. Catherine – a true floating boutique hotel! Read more about the cruise in my next blog post!

 

There is so much more to do and see in Paris. I’d be delighted to help you make your dream trip to France come true. Please feel free to reach out via email at daniela@avenuesoftheworld.com

**Please note that all photos are authors own, except where credited. As travel industry professional, I make a big investment in first hand experiences. I spend a lot of time to keep up with accreditation and stay up to date on current developments in the travel industry. This means attending conferences, seminars, site inspections fam trip and group trips. I have been able to have some of the experiences shown and described at a reduced cost or combed by the hotel, tour operator, cruise line or supplier. The feedback supplied is based on my personal experience, and based on my personal preferences, likes and dislikes. This first hand experience allows me to better serve you and match the experiences you are looking for. It also allows me to create travel tips for you, based on experiences I have and things I wish I knew before. Travel Supplier partners referenced in blog posts are part of Signature Travel Networks Preferred Portfolio or can be booked via a preferred supplier partner (at least at time of post creation)**

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