Post # 1
My husband and I are planning our first anniversary trip to Paris… we are INSANELY early (won’t be going until Sep/Oct of 2011) but we want to get a head start on saving and finding airfare, etc. Does anyone who’s been to Paris have suggestions for where to stay, eat, things to do…? We’re on a pretty average budget (around $4-5,000 for everything including travel) and will be in Paris for 5 days.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We didn’t fly into Paris so no idea on the average airfare but you have plenty of time to keep your eye on prices.
We found a little apartment through VRBO.com with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower.
It’s in Montamarte, down the street from Moulin Rouge with the train station right across the street.
Chock full of night life if you’re into it. But just couple blocks away is a cute little neighborhood wiht many cafes and restaurants, etc.
Post # 4
i’ve been twice and both times my flights were about $700ish. and i agree with gerbera–the montamarte area is a beautiful area to stay in. we went to a restaurant called la gauloise near the eiffel tower which was fabulous 🙂 i also had a fantasic duck breast at chez eux d. which is also near the eiffel tower.
Post # 5
I want to know too! Thanks for posting 🙂
We are going to Paris for NYE and need to book a hotel ASAP, so thanks for the hotel recommendations facing the tower.
Post # 6
Wow @Gerbera – that apartment is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the suggestion!
And thanks for the restaurant recommendations @blondeeebuckeye! We are certainly foodies so we are very excited to try local French cuisine.
Post # 7
I loved just walking around Paris. We would duck into a cafe after awhile walking around for an espresso and pastry. Then later afternoon would find another cafe for a snack of wine and cheese and bread or croque monsieur. So good. Find some good recommendations for restaurants but also just kinda wander, there are so many cute little restaurants everywhere. I also liked getting snacks and treats from the street vendors. It’s like Gourmet Food they’re selling out of their carts. Also I hate mayo here but the mayo in France is amazing (though their ketchup is awful).
We were traveling around so were only there for two nights but got two awesome views of sunset. The first night we walked up the eiffel tower and got to see the lights coming on over Paris and the next night we walked up to Montemarte, which is a beautiful place and great views over the city.
If you like museums it might be worth it to get a museum pass. We just went to the Louvre, which was very worth it.
Post # 8
I would definitely set aside at least half a day for the Louvre and half a day for the Eiffel if you want to go to the top.
Be sure to check hours of operation for the museums, most are usually closed on Mondays I believe.
The crepes!!! OMG! They were sooo good. I was never a crepe fan till Paris. *drool
Highly recommend Basilica de Sacre Coeur, it’s quite beautiful and right in front of it is a magnificent overlook of Paris.
Highly recommend taking the metro everywhere, you can get a 5 day pass I believe.
Here are a couple blog posts I referred to when planning our trip:
If we had an extra day in Paris we would’ve done a day trip to the Bordeaux Wine Region which is I believe a 3hr train ride from Paris.
Or the Champagne Region is much closer.
And if you’re a foodie I would def do my restaurant research before going to Paris. Paris was one of the only cities we had little luck with finding good food by just randomly walking into a restaurant.
Post # 9
Thanks so much for the advice ladies – I’m getting VERY excited to go and it’s still a year away! Haha
Post # 10
@AnnieAAA: I usually stay at the Hotel Concorde Lafayette when I go there. It’s a highrise hotel for mostly business travellers, but the views are AMAZING. You can get a room that faces the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees at the same time.