Hey, remember when I went to Paris and then didn’t share any pictures from the trip? Good times. Well, that’s not totally true, I did post about Giverny (which was definitely a huge highlight)…but for some reason I never got around to posting any of my other pictures. Without further adieu, here are a few shots from my trip to Paris in May!
I had to stop by Merci to check out the famous Fiat…little did I expect to find a pool float chillin’ on top! I kinda liked it though, added a little something different.
I think the doors are my favorite part of Paris.
Palm trees in Paris…who would’ve thought?? The Jardin du Luxembourg looked so different in May than it did when I was there in October the year before.
Paris happened to have a crazy heat wave while we were there at the very end of May (into the beginning of June)…even the palm trees looked a little parched!
We stayed at the Hotel Le Marianne in the 8th arrondissement. The accommodations were lovely – breakfast was good, we had a little terrace, and the rooms were so pretty. The decor was very clean and simple but you could see that they paid attention to the design details, which I really appreciated. However, I would not stay in the 8th if I ever went to Paris again. We were only minutes from the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, but other than that there wasn’t much going on in the neighborhood…and I really prefer to stay in an area with more charm and character, versus someplace that’s close to the touristy attractions. When I travel I actually don’t even particularly care about hitting all the touristy spots (case in point: still haven’t been to The Louvre, oops!). I’m more into wandering around cute neighborhoods (and taking pictures of doors, if we’re going to be honest). I love to find little bookshops and boutiques and explore cute streets rather than go from tourist attraction to tourist attraction.
When I went to Paris previously (in October) we stayed in the Latin Quarter (the 5th arrondissement), and that was really a perfect spot – close to the Jardin du Luxembourg and the metro, charming, with lots to do and see. I would highly recommend staying there or in the Marais (3rd and 4th) or St. Germain (the 6th). St. Germain has a ton of cute boutiques and all three areas are just packed full of character. I know a lot of people would also recommend Montmartre as a good area to stay in as well.
Ines de la Fressange was one of those adorable St. Germaine boutiques…they had housewares, clothing, candles…so chic and cute!
We visited the Palais-Royal and stopped in Cafe Kitsune for a bite.
Musee d’Orsay was really lovely.
One night I headed over to the top of the Arc de Triomphe at sundown. The line to get up there was long! The steps weren’t too bad though (and I’m really out of shape), so don’t be intimated by that. The view from the top was spectacular and I even got to see it sparkle.