By: Honey Good
When I was eleven years old I rode my bike to my girlfriend’s house. It was after school on a Friday afternoon.
“Let’s play on Saturday", I said.
“I can’t” she replied very nonchalantly. "I am going to Paris for the weekend.”
“You’re going to Paris, France!” I exclaimed.
“No I am going to Paris, Illinois!”
Saying goodbye, I rode my bike home saying to myself, “One day I will see the real Paris". I smiled, and rode my bike faster and faster with my hair blowing in the wind.
It was much later in my life that I made my first trip with my husband Shelly, as an American in Paris. I fell in love and this day it is my favorite city in the world.
Darlings, Paris is a woman’s city, glamorous and amorous! It is champagne and fois gras, couture and fragrances, French nighties mixed with music and love, beautiful parks and stunning historic buildings, museums, the Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, outdoor parks and markets filled with fresh beautiful flowers and fresh delicious fruits, the Seine, and the Louvre housed with many of my favorite French artists. Paris is the OOH LA LA, the frosting on the cake…a city that takes your breathe away!
Now a little history of this charming city and some advice on places to go.
Paris, the capital of France, is located on the Seine River and is organized into three parts; The Isle de la Cite, the Right Bank and the Left Bank. The Romans were the first inhabitants, followed by the Franks who named the city Paris, which is a Greek name. During the Middle Ages the city flourished as a religious and learning center and later becoming an architectural masterpiece. Scholars flocked from around the world to its great university, the Sorbonne, and as the city grew so did its reputation as being the most beautiful city in the world.
My husband Shelly and I have traveled to Paris several times and ‘everything’ is my favorite about the city! But for starters I would suggest this short itinerary.
I would spend hours walking the city, because central Paris is a very compact. Venture to a few districts outside of central Paris, outlined below. Please save one full day to drive out of the city to Versailles and Monet’s Garden. You will thank me.
- The Eiffel Tower with lunch or dinner at the top. Make a reservation.
- The Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Stroll the Champs Elysees and climb to the top of the Arc d’Triumph
- Walk the gorgeous Tuileries Garden, stopping in at the Rodin Musee and ending your walk at Invalides, Napoleon’s Tomb.
- Take the Metro or a taxi to The Marias (Picasso Museum) and Montmartre (Sacre Couer) Districts. Please do not miss.
- Lastly, shop and dine till you drop, darlings.
IF YOU HAVE THE TIME, I WOULD RATHER TAKE THE FOLLOWING TRIP…THAN SHOP!
Rent a car, hire a guide and drive out of the city to Versaille and Monet’s Garden. I would have loved to go back in time and lived in Marie Antoinette’s Petit Palace and helped Claude Monet plant his garden! Obviously, I cannot so I visit often marveling at the beauty of the architecture and history of Versaille and the magnificence of natural artistic beauty in the Garden.
I could write volumes about Paris and France. I leave it to the Travel Guides and Tour Guides to educate you. I hope I have enticed you to book your fare. Paris at Christmas is a wonderland darlings!
Travel Guide Book: Eyewitness Travel Guide.
My favorite Bistros:
- Le Bon George
- Bistrot Belhara
- Bistro Bellet
My Favorite Romantic Restaurant:
- La Tour d’Argent in the main dining room overlooking Notre Dame.
My favorite hotels in the city:
- George V
- The Ritz
My favorite shopping…everything darlings…everything!
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