I’m finally getting around to selecting and editing about
a million 500 pictures from my past month in Europe. I know I should be better about editing photos so they don’t pile up, but I’m just having too much fun on my trip, and sometimes the trains don’t have wifi that I can use to edit while I’m riding to a new destination (first world problems). However, thanks to a super rad, wifi-enabled train from Stockholm to Gothenburg, I now have a bunch of photos edited and ready to share. Thx uber-cool Swedish train.
The first stop on my trip was Paris, and I was just sososo happy to 1. be in Europe in general, and 2. be back in Paris!! Last time I was in the city, I only had one full day, so I was extra excited to spend a few more days and see the sights. One of my favorite parts of Paris aside from the wine, cheese, and pastries is how much there is to see and do. It’s also one of my favorite places to get pictures with all of the romantic scenes and flower + produce markets around town. Ugh ♥
Here are some things that I did + some restaurant recommendations:
- Eiffel Tower (duh) – make sure to drop by after dark, get a nice seat, and catch the twinkle lights! I believe they go off at 10:55 and 11:55 in the summer, and it is definitely worth a visit. Don’t forget a bottle of wine or prosecco and a picnic blanket!
- The Palace of Versailles + the gardens + the horse carriage museum !!
- Au Pied de Cochon – their French Onion soup was really good, but I think weirdly enough their green bean salad is what won me over. Also they have their own signature song!
- The street shops along the Seine – knick-knacks, art, books, etc. Some of my favorite art in my house I bought two years ago from an artist selling his drawings on the sidewalk in Paris.
- One of the many cafes along the Seine – stop by for a glass of wine or coffee after checking out the shops. I’ll be the first to admit that the coffee is definitely not my favorite, but the atmosphere is worth it. Also, I didn’t have a chance to try any specialty shops out (boooo), but I’ve heard Paris has a really cool specialty coffee scene.
- Shakespeare & Co. – I think this may be my new favorite bookstore – I walked in serendipitously not realizing how well-known it is! But lucky me, I found it and discovered its diverse range of genres + amazing history.
- Monet’s Gardens in Vernon-Giverny – one of my favorite parts of my trip was getting to visit Monet’s house and gardens! The gardens themselves are filled with an amazing variety of flowers, plants, and trees. Monet’s house is absolutely beautiful, and I completely fell in love with the kitchen. Plus you get to check out a bunch of his paintings!! Just take the short train ride over to Giverny, it’s such a lovely half-day trip.
- Notre Dame – I didn’t get to climb to the top, but I totally recommend going if you can! If you like churches, the inside is very pretty.
- The Louvre – I went to The Louvre at night when it was less busy – while I didn’t stay for very long, I managed to wave hi at Mona and check out the Winged Victory of Samothrace!
- Restaurant Aux anysetiers du Roy – probably the best Boeuf Bourguignon I’ve ever had evereverever in my life – it’s a one-woman show around there, so try to go before or after rush hours.
- BRIEZH Cafe – crepes!! Of course make sure to get some good crepes while strolling around Paris – my choices were the ham & cheese and the caramel apple, and they did not disappoint.
- Street markets – one of my other favorite parts of Paris is strolling through the street markets looking at pretty produce, charcuterie, cheese, and flowers! – one time I had a chocolate croissant from a walk-up bakery, and I swear to god it changed my life. I haven’t found that market bakery since *cries*.
xo Sara Lynn
*Song of the Day: Let it be Me by Ray LaMontagne