I lived in Paris for about 6 months while studying abroad during my sophomore year of college. I returned home after my time abroad with French baking skills, a working knowledge of French wines and cheeses, a deeper appreciation of fine art, and pants that felt a little too tight after months of indulging in (almost) every pastry I saw. I enjoyed everything this city had to offer by making the most of every day, whether that meant sitting by the Seine at sunset or spending a day at the Pompidou. I could spend hours talking about everything I loved when I lived in Paris and everything I miss now that I’m back in the States. Instead of a normal post explaining everything I did and giving formal recommendations for things to do, I’m giving you a visual tour of my favorite spots in Paris. If you’re visiting Paris sometime soon, I hope some of these make it onto your must-see/do/eat list, and if you’re like me, longing to return to this beautiful city, I hope you share some of my happy memories. Hover over/click the photo to read the caption for details!
Rooftop wine with sunset views of Notre Dame
Taking a macaron baking class at Le Foodist in Paris
Tea with our freshly made macarons
Views of Paris from the Arc de Triomphe
Looking across the Seine
Day trips to nearby Chateaus (pictured here : Fontainebleau)
Shopping at Galeries Lafayette
Stunning stained glass at Sainte Chapelle
The Eiffel Tower at night
Walks along the Seine
Chocolate Mousse from Chapon’s mousse bar
Rose festival at the Palais Royal
Spring days spent eating outside by the river
Beautiful fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens
Views of the Eiffel Tower everywhere you look
Jardin du Luxembourg
Hot chocolate and macarons at Angelina
Tea time at Laduree
French pastries – the best in the world!
Sunset by the Conciergerie
Getting streets all to yourself
Cafe culture – I loved drinking coffee and people watching
Strolling along the Seine
Paris at dusk
Stopping to smell the roses
The Conciergerie at sunset
The Tuileries Garden
Monet’s waterlilies at Musee l’Orangerie
Artists in Montmartre
Macarons that match the flowers
Sunny spring days exploring the city
The Eiffel Tower at night
Beautiful old architecture
Fresh bread every day
Old marble statues everywhere!
Wine in the Tuileries Garden
Champ de Mars in Paris!
Chanel at the Galeries Lafayette
Cafe des Flores
Ice cream from Bertillon
Beautiful topiary gardens!
Crepes in front of the Eiffel Tower – what could be better?
Macaron baking class!
Fauchon was one of my absolute favorite bakeries
Macarons at the Madeline
Hitting the Sunday Bastille Market