This is a new weekly post that I will be working on called Binge Traveler. Where basically I will be introducing you to some famous and not so famous travel and vacation destinations all over the world including the U.S.! I will include top spots to visit, restaurants, and most importantly those places that the locals love.
One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to go out on my own and experience what my destination has to offer, without any guided tours, although they are great! I’m not a fan of being a part of a big group of confused tourists, for me it’s just not that fun. I would rather explore on my own and talk to the people who actually live there, get their opinions on where to eat and the best spots to sight see! It’s so much more fun!
For this excursion I’m taking you to Paris, France!
Paris, so much to say so little time!! One of the world’s most famous places to visit, it is home to The Eiffel Tower and The Louvre just to name a few (although the list goes on and on)! Known for it’s food, history and culture there is so much to talk about!
Paris, La Ville Lumiére, The City of Lights. Today this name remains appropriate, for a place at the crossroads of land and water they retain importance for education and intellectual pursuits. The are appreciated for business and commerce, study, culture, entertainment, gastronomy, haute couture, painting, literature, and their intellectual community. For many centuries Paris has built and flourished on the back bone of their history and industrialization. Today we see that come through in their fusion of intellectual life, religion and economic life.
I’d first like to touch on the initial amazement I have with Paris, well with France in general, like I mentioned before I love to go out on my own and explore and Paris seems like the best spot to do that.
I’ve collected a couple of must see spots to visit while in Paris, some very well known and some not.
- Rue Crémieux- A very secluded spot, you wont find many tourist around this area but it’s called “The Most Colorful Street in Paris” located in the 12th arrondissement it’s a pedestrian street with private houses and each house is a different vibrant color including pastel variations of pinks, yellows, and blues. A great spot to take a picture and a charming little stroll.
- Eiffel Tower- I couldn’t miss this landmark, the lattice tower located in Champs de Mars is iconic world wide. A historic site since 1887 this is a must see on your first venture to Paris!
- Versailles- A royal chateau now used as a museum, there is so much architecture and history laid out here and the extravagant gardens in itself is a reason to come visit! The grandeur lies within the scattered history of the Sun King’s powerful estate!
- Belleville, Paris- Looking to get a break from all the sightseeing and all the people this is a great neighborhood to explore on your on time.
- Montmatre- This is traditional Paris, here you will find cobblestone walk ways, residential areas. It’ s a great neighborhood to explore find some great local food and see the real Paris. Make sure to stop by Le Relais Gascon a very lovely little pub that serves up classic everyday French dishes.
- Arc de Triomphe- This well known round about is a great vantage point to catch those amazing Paris sunsets! The Arc is one of those world wide recognized monuments. It stands to honor those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, under the vault of the arch is where the Memorial Flame burns and has made Arc de Triomphe a revered patriotic landmark.
Now that I’ve touched on some great places to I would like to go through some of the most famous spots to eat! I know my favorite part of traveling is of course immersing myself in that countries culture and history but really what’s a better way to do so through food! I’ve gone through what you need to try while your in Paris and the best place to find it!
- Baguette-Everyone knows that Paris is the place on Earth where you can find great artisanal bread, it’s a must! The best place to try this amazing bread is Le Petit Vendome, a cute cozy place that offers great fare.
- Croque-monsieur- American’s will be thoroughly euphoric when they see this sandwich! This classy French sandwich has grilled ham and cheese topped with cheese, you can add a touch of béchamel sauce to moisten and you can even ask to top it off add a fried egg, ut then it would be called a croquet madame! Try it here at Buvette
- Duck confit- This rare delicacy is a tradition in Paris, cooking duck meat in it’s own fat to make so entirely moist and tender! Usually served with potatoes sautéed in duck fat to make on of the richest meals you’ve ever tasted. Find duck confit here at Le Petit Canard
- Steak-frites- A similar meal to our hamburger and fries but elevated to serious heights! Steak frites is an irresistible cut of grilled steak with various different sauces. Paired with matured, fresh hand-cut potatoes then double fried to give you that perfect crunch. The most popular steak frites dish was here L’Aller Retour
- Raw milk Artisanal Cheeses- Fromage as the French would say! Paris is on of the biggest gastronomic hubs in the world they’ve perfected something as simple as cheese! Each region has their own flavor from mild to sharp. Make sure you ask your vendor what’s the best, they may have certain seasonal and artisanal flavors to try! Try this local fromagerie, Fromagerie Beaufils but like I mentioned before each region has it’s own taste explore to try them all!
- Croissants, Pastries, Macarons- No one can escape the fresh butter smell of croissants in the morning! Any bakery you walk by will have these sweet morsels baking in the wee hours of the morning it’s spell bounding! Your going to want to step into as many bakeries as you can while in Paris the offerings are just outstanding the many pastries they offer will astound you! You will also need to try a French macaron as well. These delicate pastries born in Paris consist of two almond shells glued together with buttercream or ganache they come in many different colors. These little cookies are taking the world by storm and you need to try them! Pain Pain I found had the most unique assortment.
- Street Crepes- The popular thin pancake, the best way to get ahold of one of these is to find a street vendor they are literally selling them everywhere! Be sure to find a place that is cooking them to order rather than cooking them and re-heating them. It’s a great snack to indulge in and though you may be tempted with chocolate and strawberries with bananas and powdered sugar; make sure you try the original (beurre est sucre) butter and sugar for the classic crepe experience. You are able to find these pop up street vendors almost anywhere so explore your way around and try them all!
I’m so glad we got to ‘experience’ Paris! This is the first of many places I’ll take you and teach you more about what this beautiful world has to offer! Let me know your favorite places to go to and eat in Paris, comment below or send me a picture in Instagram and tag @alexanadenise #bingetraveler