Post # 1
We just booked our honeymoon flights for our next year to and from Paris! We will be spending 3 nights (coming in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, leaving Friday) in Paris, 3 nights in the south of France outside of Nice (coming in Friday, Saturday, Sunday, leaving Monday), 2 nights in Dijon (coming in Monday, Tuesday, leaving Wednesday), and back to Paris for a night. I am so very excited because I’ve wanted to go to France since I have ever existed and I can’t wait to see it with Fiance. I would love to hear your recommednations for France in late September! I am re-learning French to be the one who can speak when we are over there, and expect to be conversationally fluent. If you have pictures and would like to share, I’d love to see them too! We plan on taking the TGV between locations and the bus between Saint Paul-de-Vence and Nice and the Mediterranean when we are in the south of France.
Post # 3
If you have time for a day trip from Paris I highly recommend either Versailles or Reims. They are both a short train ride (30-50 minutes) from Paris, and totally worth it. Versailles is amazing and I’m sure you are familiar with it, Reims an amazing town is in the champagne region. You should book tours a few days in advance at the champagne houses if you decide to go to Reims, my personal favorites have been Taittainger, Moët and I always like visiting the Veuve tasting room.
If you are a shopper, depending on the current conversion rate you can expect to find deals at YSL/LV/Goyard of around 30% off after you get the VAT tax back. Chanel in my experience is not a good buy there unless it is a limited edition item you could not purchase at home. If you are into unique items you could consider Fauré La Page (sp?) they make canvas goods that are really high quality, rare, and not too expensive. There is also some great people watching on the Rue St Honore, you can shop there get a cocktail/glass of wine and people watch for hours.
Crazy Horse or Lido in Paris is a great late night experience, they are both a cocktail/Cabaret experience. CH is intimate, small and amazing whilst Lido is a bigger production. I prefer CH personally.
If you are into art/museums i would recommend visiting the Espace Dali. It’s a museum of Salvador Dali’s life and art works, it’s truly amazing. It’s also a great opportunity to visit Sacre Couer, and the artists that are in Montmartre. It’s a bit of a tourist trap but still fun.
Off the top of my head that’s all I can think of, have an amazing trip and enjoy the city of light!! Si vous aves des questions dit mois, je ne said pas tout mais j’adore Paris.
Post # 4
Obviously I’d recommend visiting the Louvre also. If you don’t have a lot of time, research before what you really want to see as it’s enormous. The French sculpture wing is amazing.
Also, plan on having pastries at Ladureé, it’s delicious and also great people watching.
If you don’t want to wait in line to go up the Eiffel tower, try visiting the top of the arc de triomphe! It’s an amazing view, inexpensive, and usually no line.
Ugh I wish I was in Paris now.
Post # 5
I second the trip to Versailles. It is well worth the train trip.
If you want to hit some of the best patisseries go to Montmatre and visit Patisserie Gilles Marchal. We discovered it the last time we were over. I could die quite happily by eating myself to death in that shop. Their products are works of art.
Also go to the roof of Samaritaine ( department store) where you can get an amazing view of Paris (as well as the steps of Sacre Coeur). I know it was closed for renos the last time we were there so hopefully it will be open again.
We stay away from Moulon Rouge, Bl Clichy and Pigalle especially at night. It was always a bit seedy in that part of Paris but I actually felt unsafe there trip before last.
Do check out Galleries Layayette. Just the beauty of the building inside is reason enough to check it out. Also Musee Rodin and Napoleon’s tomb. Argh! So much to see! You’ll have to go back for an anniversary!
Have a blast!
Post # 6
Seconding the need to see Reims! Get a tour of a champagne cave; we went to Mumm which is right there. Seems like you’re in Paris a good bit, you need to see the Louvre and Versailles. I haven’t been to Nice in a long time, but Cannes in the south of France is wonderful!
My preferred region is Alsace. Strasbourg is beautiful. I like going to Europe in the winter rather than the summer when it’s so crowded. It’s good you’re attempting to speak the language, although you won’t be fluent. You’re not fluent in a language until you’ve lived there and conversed with people for quite a while. People appreciate the effort and the French are not snobby or standoffish. I had 3 people in a pharmacy drawing me a map when we got lost once, they were so nice. You will have the occasional person who wants to remind you that you are an American, by answering you in English when you’ve spoken to them in French. But just roll your eyes to let them know you know what they’re doing and are not pleased.
Post # 7
I agree with you about avoiding those areas at night! It was the only time I was a bit uncomfortable in Pairs. Also second your Rodin and galleries lafayette recommendations!!!
so true, I feel like French people get a bad rap for being rude. We have been many times, and I’ve only had people be rude to me in an obvious disdain for USA/tourists kind of way twice. In general people appreciate that you are trying to speak French, and trying to be courteous. I adore Paris.
Post # 8
If you’re big on museums, get the Paris Museum Pass. It lets you cut the line in many places – notably, at the Louvre! We picked ours up a day in advance about 20 minutes before Sainte Chappelle closed, and they let us in without scanning them, meaning we got an extra day. 😉 The weather is nice in September. The central part of paris is lovely, especially the Maris, the Latin Quarter (out of the tourist streets), and Saint Germain. Don’t miss out on Ile Saint-Louis; it took me years to go and I was so surprised on what I’d been missing out on! It’s so lovely.
I will add, Paris is NOT the place to blow your hotel budget. You’ll overpay for a decent hotel, so find a place you can tolerate in a neighborhood you don’t want to miss out on. For the same amount, you can get a fabulous hotel outside Île de France. I would also save your food budget for outside of the Île de France – a meal you’d pay €100 for in Paris will cost you only €50, and will include wine.
My fave restaurants in Paris are Little Briezh (for a cheap lunch menu) and L’Avant Comptoir (try the duck heart – it’s incredible) in the 6th.
Post # 9
We loved Arc de Triomph. Notre Dame was also beyond amazing. My recommendation on food is to the find the small places that are mainly frequented by locals. We had the best pizza in a small shop owned by an Italian man and his wife. We didn’t take any trips out of Paris as we spent most of our time in Spain.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2020 - Shirley Heights, Antigua
Reims 1000%….. you need to chose ahead of time which Champagne vineyards you want to tour and make a booking. This almost the only reason I go to Paris 🤦🏼♀️🤣
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2018 - Mount Princeton hot springs
Visit Montmartre and the scare-coeur, you will not regret it! It was my favorite part of Paris, it felt a bit more quiet and less “big city” than other parts of the city and the view from the basilica is amazing! Depending on where you’re staying in the city it’s not too bad of a walk, and the wall of love and can goghs apartment are there as well. We had lunch at a restaurant called Babette that was ridiculous that we realized we had been to in New York as well and when I looked it up realized that those two and one in Tokyo were the only locations! So crazy, I would definitely reccomend.
Orherwise the only advice I has is to get to attractions early. We went to the Eiffel Tower at night and stayed in line for about 20 minutes when we both decided it wasn’t worth it. Luckily we had amazing view as of it throughout the days so it wasn’t very disappointing. I think everyone else has mentioned the essentials for Paris!
Post # 12
we are staying in the Latin Quarter to keep prices low! And thank you for the restaurant recommendations! I’ll admit, I’m super excited to eat myself silly. And we are DEFINITELY doing the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay as I can’t get enough of impressionist art. I’m not sure if that warrants the pass, but I’ll check regardless!
I’ve been trying to decide between Versailles, Reims, Fontainebleau, and Tours for a day trip. The problem is I want to see them ALL and they will all be amazing. This thread has me leaning towards Reims though!
pearfectprincess : desiderata :
the patiesseries are a MUST for us. Ever since my ameoba self existed in the primordial soup, I have wanted to buy bread from a boulangerie, ham and cheese from a chacuterie and fromagerie, and dessert from a Parisian patisserie and sit in the Jardin du Luxembourg (sp?) with my Fiance. And Fiance is happy to oblige as it means sweets for him! 😂
I want to go back to Alsace and visit Strasbourg in the winter when the Christmas village is up and it’s like a fairytale…. oh who are we kidding, I’m obviously angling for a France anniversary trip lol 🤣🤣🤣
Post # 13
I’ve never been in Fontainebleau or been to Riems, but I think Tours makes a better day trip than Versailles, which is exceptionally crowded, even if you arrive 30 minutes early. To be 100% honest, Versailles is just nightmarish anymore, but I know it’s also a must-see. It’s included in the museum pass, so if you went to Orsay, the Louvre, and also threw in the Musée Rodin in one day, and then did Versailles the second day, it would easily cost more than the pass, plus you save time! I’ve also heard great things about Musée Marmotan for impressionism, but have never made it out there.
Also, from the sounds of it, you definitely want to do the Rue Cler walk to do some shopping and assemble a picnic! It’s a definite must-do, my partner had loads of fun looking around the shops.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2020 - City, State
My family is from Champagne, so I have to recommend a charming area not many tourist are familiar with.
You should try venturing out to Epernay (Champagne ‘village’) and its small neighboring villages such Cremant Hautvilliers to get the countryside feel. The views are breath taking over the vineyards. Its my *absolute* favorite in the fall when they’re begin the vidanges– where they harvest the grapes. In hautvilliers, there are also a lot of small champagne producers where you can sit outside on a terrace or courtyard overlooking the vineyards, Reims and Epernay– it’s quiet, serene and intimate– and you can sample Champagne! I highly suggest it for honeymooners. It gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, allows you to get a taste of the french country side and gives you some more alone time.
Post # 15
That’s when I was last there! C’est la capitale de Noël! It just doesn’t get any more picturesque than this. And in Strasbourg you’re a hop, skip and a jump from the Black Forest in Germany. We hired a driver and off we went!
The only thing that bothers me about France is the women. They’re too perfect! Dressed wonderfully, and not a hair out of place. Gives me an inferiority complex lol. No one ever mistakes me for a native, that’s for sure, whereas in Germany I had 2 people come up to me and ask if I knew where something was. But I’m Irish, English and German and I look it.