This should be of no surprise, but finishing out the Top 20 Favorites of our trip to Paris are macarons!
A dear friend who lives and breathes all Parisian food recommended we visit this sweet shop and we instantly feel in love. While the tourists flock to Laudree and Angelina the locals hit up Masion Georges Larnicol. Though the former are both delicious in their own right, we tend to follow the locals. Back to MGL; It seems there are hundreds of various chocolates, sweet breakfast pastries, meringue, macarons galore. Even their window displays are worth stopping in to admire. Recommended servings of French macarons? Daily.
Our favorites were: Vanilla, Bergamot (Early Grey), Rose, and Currant (Blackberry).
12. Musée d’Orsay
This was by far one of our top three museum and for good reason.There are benches throughout the museum on all floors to give your footsies a break, the interiors are full to the brim not only of history but personality and individuality, and the artwork are diverse and interesting to hold your attention for hours and hours.
13. Restaurant la cherche Midi- on Rue du Cherche Midi
From the same friend (thanks Tim!) who recommended Maison Georges Larnicol, also recommended this amazing Italian restaurant. Typical Parisian, the tables are close together, the food fresh and tasty, the wine delicious, and English far and few between.
We were the only tourists and English speakers to tout. Our other favorite is that this foodie heaven is less than one block away from Bd Raspail and Boulangerie Poilane (noted on Part 2 of our Paris Favorites).
14. Musée Rodin
There’s something to be said for sculptures especially when they are modeled after the human body. I fell in love with the passion, acute details, and remarkable humanity found in Rodin’s sculptures.
15. Croque Monsieurs are a must eat while in Paris, but be sure to try a Croque Provençal (same as Monsieur but with tomatoes). Divine. I seriously could eat this every single day.
16. The Carousels
You don’t have to be a Parisian to appreciate a carousel. But what sets Paris apart from other cities we’ve visited is that Parisian adults and kids alike love their carousels and these things of beauty are everywhere.
17. The Louvre and the Gardens
Overwhelming doesn’t even begin to describe this museum. You could visit this museum every day for months and you still wouldn’t see every single piece of art here. Honestly, this museum was a love-hate relationship for me. There were parts I hated, like the room of the Mona Lisa where it felt like all humanity was lost or the Egyptian galleries in the Sulley Salon where tourists jostled mummy after mummy. It completely drained all the beauty and mystery and awe out of the experience. And then my breathe would stop when seeing this….
18. Amorino Gelato
We stumbled upon this little dessert shop while staying in the Saint Germain/Latin Quarter neighborhood and I’m so glad we did. We made friends and had the most beautiful gelato in our lives. Be sure to pop by to one of the Amorino stores and get a personally made flower just for you! It’s an experience you just have to have!!
19. Bastille Neighborhood and Sunday Market
Like many of our experiences, we happened upon this Sunday Market and instantly felt at home. It reminded us so much of the Ballard market or Fremont Fair with local farmers, wineries, and fresh, hot food to eat for lunch. Grab a falafal sandwich, cup of vin chaud (hot, mulled wine) and walk over to the bridge for a little picnic with a gorgeous view.
Also, be sure to check out the secret railroads-cum-parks above the neighborhood. It’s a great path for a run, romantic stroll, and people watch. It also provides a lovely break from the busy-ness of Parisian life. This became a favorite get-a-way for us while we were in Bastille.
20. The Eiffel Tower
This is a breathtaking sight, no matter how gray, rainy, and cloudy it is. Be sure to check out my tips and recommendations for visiting the Eiffel Tower (tip 10) so that you’re not one of the minions stuck for hours in the stair or the lift lines. We caught the sun, wind, rain, sunset, and the glitz all in a single day….it was breathtaking and freezing but totally worth it. And yes, that is the wind you hear in this video; The glitz, glam and wind, all in it’s finest….Eiffel Tower