• Melissa Morales

Paris: Winter Wonderland

Last fall I embarked on a solo journey to Europe, and my first stop was Paris. It was quite ironic that I decided to visit the city of love by myself, but I went for it anyways. I fell in love with the city and when I returned home, I could not stop talking about it. My amazing boyfriend (who is now my fiancé) surprised me with a trip to Paris in November and I fell in love all over again. This was going to be his first time visiting Paris and I was so excited to be his tour guide and experience this beautiful city with him. If I ever left the United States, I would totally live in Paris for a year or two. Although I only spent three days exploring Paris last year, when I returned I knew exactly what places to take him to.

First things first- Invest in an unlimited Paris metro pass. We purchased a five day metro pass for €38.35 which is equivalent to $44. This metro pass covers Zones 1-3, which essentially is anywhere inside the city of Paris. If you would like to visit locations outside of the city such as the Palace of Versailles, I would recommend purchasing the pass that covers Zones 1-5 for a bit more money.

The weather was so magical. I expected it to be a bit colder, but it consistently stayed in the mid 50's. It did rain a couple of days but the rain never lasted longer than an hour at a time.

Things to do in December-

Christmas Markets - Visiting the Christmas markets was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. They are family friendly -with lots of activities for kids- and adult friendly- with lots of hot wine to sip on to keep you warm. We visited the one in the Tuileries Garden and the one in St-Germain. We also visited the Christmas Village in La Défense esplanade.

Every Touristy location - Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Musee d' Orsay, Palais Garnier, Eiffel Tower.

Fall and winter is the low peak season for touristy attractions so you'll have more time to explore the city without the summer crowd, or lines.

Favorite Neighborhoods-

1-Champs' Élysées- Great avenue for shopping, similar to fifth ave in NYC. The streets are lit up during the holiday season, which makes for great pictures!

2-Marais- A great hipster neighborhood with a lively night life and surrounding attractions such as the Moulin Rouge or The Dirty Dick bar.

3-Trocadero- Best views of the Eiffel Tower!

4-Montmartre- Best night view of the city of Paris. Beware of pickpockets and scams!

Best Eats-

1-L'as du Fallafel- Best falafels ever for less than €10! The line can get pretty long but the staff is so organized, they make the experience as smooth as possible.

2- La Abuela Tapas Bar- This was my first time visiting La Abuela, and I wanted to bring the restaurant back home with me. The food was delicious, the music was fantastic, and the vibe was amazing!

3-Eggs & Co- A simple yet delicious brunch menu! You can build your own omelette or choose an egg Benedict's plate. Each one is accompanied by a cup of coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, a green salad, a fruit salad, and pancakes for €30!

Paris is my favorite city! & to make it that much more magical, the love of my life proposed!! Don't you just love, LOVE?!

Au revoir!


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