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Montmartre Paris

Montmartre Paris

When I first got into Paris, I was a little disappointed. It could’ve been the jetlag (I didn’t sleep for the entire 12 hour flight), it could’ve been the stress trying to figure out the Charles De Gaulle Airport (that has been ranked the worst airport in the world, a number of times), or it could’ve been all the pouring, cold rain, but when I got there I thought, this isn’t Paris, this is a big cement city. Where are all the artists? Where were the boulangeries? Where were the markets? Where was the Eiffel Tower?! But, after I was well rested and made my way into the city the next day, I was beginning to fall in love. I lived in the 14th district, a, in my opinion, a plainer, maybe “realer” district of Paris, but I fell in love with Paris over a period of time, (about 3 weeks). If you’re looking for that romantic, rose colored buildings, the scenes from the movies, the artsy Paris, then make sure to visit Montmartre! It’s located up North in the 18th district and is home to the famous Moulin Rouge, the Sacre Cour, and lots of art history.   Once home to Picasso, Dali, and the rest of the gang, Montmartre gives you the Paris feel. Stroll the streets where Owen Wilson strolled in Midnight in Paris, or crack crème brulee where Amelie did at the Les Deux Moulins, lift your skirts at the Moulin Rouge, or sit back, relax and sip some cherry brandy at La Lapin Agile, a local, real cabaret experience. Be sure to stroll the...
Le Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Le Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) in Paris is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. As it sits at the top of the Champs Elysees and at the intersection of multiple roads, it dominates the surrounding landscape as a focal point of the area. The lank mark was built for Napoleon’s army, the Grande Armee in the early 1800s as an honorary gesture from Napoleon.  It is the world’s largest triumphal arch and is engraved with battle victories as well as past generals that served in the French Army. The design of the columns depicts sculptural reliefs from France’s history and is designed in a late 18th-century Romantic Neoclassicism style. If you can’t make it to the Eiffel tower, or don’t want to wait in the lines, this is a close second and it’s less expensive and less crowded. To get there, DON’T try and walk past the millions of lanes of traffic with cars rushing around in a circle. There is a tunnel underneath that leads you there on the Avenue de la Grande Armee side of the circle. You can access this tunnel from the Wagram exit of the Metro. There are great views on the top down the Champs Elysees and around the entire city of Paris. When I went, I went at night during the Christmas season which was great because the entire Champs Elysees was lit up with all of the Christmas lights and all of the Christmas vendors and such. You also have a great view of the Eiffel Tower and at night, it is lit up which makes...
A Paris Best, The Angelina Tea Room

A Paris Best, The Angelina Tea Room

[mappress mapid=”2″] Address: 226 rue de Rivoli – Paris Transport: Metro 1 Tuileries Stop Website: http://www.angelina-paris.fr/ Phone: +33 (0)1.42.60.82.00 Hours:  Monday-Friday from 7.30 am till 7pm Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 am till 7pm One of my favorite memories of Paris, especially during the winter months, was stopping by the world famous Angelina Tea House. Located on Rue de Rivoli, Angelina sits at the center of Paris’ fashion district and has a history rooted in fashion. Famous for their Mont Blanc and their decadent hot chocolate, you can enjoy yourself in a luxury setting, where Madame Chanel herself once sat working on her designs. Don’t feel intimidated, although it’s rooted in luxury, the servers are all very kind and welcoming. Be prepared to wait in line however, Angelina is world famous because it’s popular! Just get to the teahouse early, don’t wait until they are near closing because sometimes they can’t seat you. But, don’t fear. If you get to Angelina close to closing, just go to the “to go” section of the teahouse. They sell their hot chocolate by the cup to go as well as my favorite, and their world famous Mont Blanc to go! But, try your best to get a seat to look around and sit where the world famous have sat including, Madame Chanel, Proust, and many visiting fashion icons. Make sure you order one of their world famous Mont Blancs, it is a dessert with a meringue base, a chestnut cream vermicelli, and their house made whipped cream, (I heard a rumor from my Parisian friend that the Mont Blanc is so decadent because they make it with crème...
Les Deux Moulins: A Cinematic Cafe In Paris

Les Deux Moulins: A Cinematic Cafe In Paris

  Les Deux Moulins 15 Rue Lepic 75018 Paris, France If you love the film Amelie, then you need to add Les Deux Moulins to your itinerary. Located within Montmarte on 15 Rue Lepic 75018 Paris, it was charming, but I’d only suggest it for the avid Amelie fan. It is a very touristy cafe, I mean mostly english is spoken, and the waiters can be a tad bit  unfriendly. But what you need to keep in mind is that this is the location where Amelie was filmed and where she worked in the film. It felt a little less romantic simply becasue it turned into (an expensive) tourist trap. But it still had its charm with the garden gnome in the back and Amelie posters hidden around the corners of the resturant. We sat down for a traditional french lunch.  I ordered Salad au chevre chaud (which means a salad with large croutons with melted goat cheese on top!) which was great then I had the famous Amelie’s creme brulee, (if you remember in the film one of the things she loved to do was to crack the creme brulee) avec un cafe creme. The creme brulee was the BEST creme brulee I’ve ever had in my entire life. All of our meal was served on a placemat of Amelie images (which after a lot of delicate work, managed to take home as a souvenir! but dont’ worry if you’re a spiller, they have plenty, just ask your server for another. If they roll their eyes don’t take it personal). The restaurant itself was a little disenchanting because of the  Americans...
Notre Dame Paris

Notre Dame Paris

[mappress mapid=”1″] Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris Transport: Metro 4 RER B, C Website: http://www.cathedraledeparis.com/ Phone: +33 (0)1 42 34 56 10 Price: audioguide €5 Hours: 8am-6:45pm Mon-Fri, 8am-7:15 Sat-Sun The famous Notre Dame de Paris may be the most recognized icon in Paris besides the Eiffel Tower. Since its construction in 1163 the Notre Dame is one of the few remaining cathedrals in France. Where is it located? Well you really can’t miss it as it’s on the Île de la Cité, the island between the rive gauche (left bank) and the rive drought (right bank). It is one of France’s finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The Metro stop to get to Notre Dame is the St Michel Notre-Dame stop on the RER B, C or the Metro line 4. Once you walk to the Notre Dame cathedral, you will most likely be awed at the size of the cathedral and want to take many pictures. I’d recommend walking around the entire cathedral so you can get a good sense of the incredible architecture of the cathedral and all of the components to it. Depending on the day and time you go, I’d also recommend getting in line to go inside the cathedral if you’re short on time. The inside of the cathedral is really cool with all of the ribbed vaults and beautiful stain glass and amazing organs. You can take photos inside without a flash. You can also climb the North tower of Notre Dame to the top which is to the right as you walk in the main doorway and...
The Number One Visited Themed Attraction in Europe Is…

The Number One Visited Themed Attraction in Europe Is…

  Euro Disney! It’s a small world after all…I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself! But yes, it is the number one visited themed attraction in Europe, and the third most visited attraction in ALL of Europe with over 10 million visitors annually (us.parks.disneylandparis.com)! Yes that is more visitors than the Louvre has each year! Did you know that it is designed and is almost the same in comparison with the Disneyland we have in the United States? If you’re feeling a little homesick (and you’re from the United States!) Euro Disney is a great way to visit something, foreign, but familiar. Love it or hate it, they have It’s a Small World, and yes, it’s in English so you can still sing along, (and will be singing it throughout the rest of your vacation). They also have Space Mountain, but note: this is one of those rides that is different. Yes, it is within the dark, but it goes upside down, and is much wilder than the original Space Mountain that I know and remember! There are my favorites, Thunder Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean, but also the teacups (If you’re not easily dizzy!), as well as the Peter Pan Ride! Pirates of the Caribbean is especially charming because it is all in French. Speaking of French, Mickey and all the characters speak French as well, which is charming and gives that sense of difference, (even if you are strolling down the ever-familiar Main Street). I happen to love Alice and Wonderland so if you are a fellow mad hatter, make sure to visit the labyrinth, it’s a...