I am always planning my escape back to Paris. There’s a reason this city draws so many visitors whether it’s the Eiffel Tower, French pastries, couture shopping, a favorite museum or maybe just strolling along the Seine. Frankly, I couldn’t choose just one thing I love about Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is known around the world for so many reasons. Beyond its history, the sheer magnitude of beauty when it’s lit up and twinkling at night is a memory you will never forget. Having walked all over Paris, I have seen it from every angle but taking a boat cruise and watching it shine bright, was quite special.
The Seine River is great for a casual stroll, jog or run depending on your mood. The views of Paris are incredible but it’s a relaxing place where locals enjoy themselves just as much as tourists. When it’s warm you can grab a book and no matter the temperature, there is almost always someone playing music nearby.
Champs Elysees may not be what it once was but you can you stop by Maison Ladurée to enjoy tea with macarons, and a few other shops on this strip.
Place Vendome: Even if you are strolling through to take pictures of the famous doors, it’s definitely worth a stop. I will only say that some of the streets around here are just perfect when the sunlight hits them. I would be irresponsible if I didn’t mention to watch out for cars, but really it’s a place that leads you to find other gems.
Hotel Castille Paris is one of the StarHotel family of hotels. I have stayed at several of their properties and I will always come back. The room service is impeccable, the rooms are just perfect and Heliot the cat is real treat. This hotel is right next door to Coco Chanel’s apartment (31 Rue Cambon) in the 1st Arrondissement. It’s quite easy to walk to a majority of the Parisian sites and I enjoy every stroll, even when it’s the freezing cold of winter.
La Caféothèque is the quiet little coffee shop that you will have to search for, unless you have better navigational skills than me. I know how to get there now of course but my first time was a fun time. Quiches and coffee to wake you up are just what you need in a city with so much to see!
Anahuacalli was referenced in my Mexican Food Around the World blog post. They are my favorite Mexican restaurant in the world and you will not want to skip this place if you’re in Paris.
Le Castiglione is within walking distance of Hotel Castille Paris and basically, like my neighborhood go-to place in town. I can enjoy a glass of wine and eat pretty much whatever I want and know that I will never be disappointed.
There are so many other parts to Paris that I can’t possibly include in one post. I’ll share more later because the museums could be one all on their own and as well as Montmartre and Saint Germaine. I love the city and can’t nail it down in one post.