Welcome to Part 2 of my series with Selena of Oh, the places we will go! For the second installment, Selena and I thought we would share with you readers what we would describe as “the perfect day” in our cities. London and Paris have so much each to offer, it’s beyond difficult to sort through the options and plan for a single day. Luckily, with our expertise living or having lived in the respective cities, we are here to help! After all, who better to help you unlock the ins and out of the best a city has to offer than a local? If I were to travel to Paris (likely) and only had a day to be there (tragic), here’s how I would spend my time:
Breakfast at the Rose Bakery. This gem of a restaurant is nestled in a tiny side street in Le Marais, in the 3d arrondissement. It has an incredibly fresh menu, and a fabulous array of organic grocery goods for purchase. The ambiance is friendly, casual, and always bustling. In order to get my proper fuel for the perfect day in Paris, you simply must start with the perfect breakfast. This place ticks all the boxes there.
Address: 30 rue Debelleyme, 75003
After filling up on delicious pancakes and and coffee, I would head down the Seine to one of my favorite museums in all of Paris: Musée D’Orsay. This is the permanent home of the majority of the Impressionist period works. Big names such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh grace these walls. I gawk at them, open mouthed and impressed. I have no shame – these guys produced some of the most beautiful artworks ever created, in my opinion. And the setting is gorgeous. D’Orsay used to be an old train station, and the architectural elements of the building’s history have been incorporated into the modern design. Great art, fabulous architectural design… what’s not to love?
Address: 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
After gorging myself on priceless art for the morning, it’s time to head back outdoors. Jardin des Tuileries is just across the Seine from D’Orsay, and one of the most beautiful parks in all of Paris. It runs parallel to the river, from Place de la Concorde (fun fact: Marie Antoinette was beheaded there) to the Louvre. It’s a traditional Parisian park, with gravel paths, fountains and plenty of those green chairs to sit on scattered throughout. There are also little cafes and stands to buy coffee and food, so no need to bring your own picnic. Just show up, pick a spot, and enjoy.
Address: Place de la Concorde, 75001
Now that we are well into our afternoon, it’s time to partake in one of Paris’s most famous past times: shopping!! Even if you don’t plan to buy anything at all, a stroll down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an experience you have to have at least once. From Place de la Concorde up the hill to the Arc de Triomphe, there is such a variety of stores. From the affordable women’s clothing, the Disney store, a giant Sephora, car dealers, and of course the flagship locations of some of the most well-known names in fashion. To tickle your inner fashionista, just walk in the Louis Vuitton store. Head held high, like you own the place. I’ve never had the guts to try something on, but it’s on my bucket list.
Address: Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 (Louis Vuitton is located at number 101)
As much fun as shopping is, let’s face it… it’s exhausting. Time to grab another picnic meal, bottle(s) of wine included this time, and head back over the Seine to the Champs de Mars. For those of you asking “what the heck is that?’, I’ll tell you. It’s the park that is right by the Eiffel Tower. It is also one of the few Parisian parks that is all grass, making it the perfect picnic spot to watch the sun set. And the best part? As the sun goes down, there are guys who walk around selling bottles of champagne, you know, just in case you run out. The other best part? La Tour Eiffel. Once it gets dark enough, she sparkles. Every hour on the hour until midnight. The perfect nightcap to the perfect day.
Address: 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007
So there you have it. Exactly what I would do if I was blessed (and cursed) with only 24 hours in Paris. Another hint: all of these places are within walking distance of one another. This means no need for public transportation!! Well, if you get up early that is. Certainly taking the metro will save time, but it’s a holiday! Why rush? Now that you’ve read about Paris, be sure to stop by Selena’s blog and read about her version of the perfect day in London! And be sure to tune in today for the very first #CheersMadame Twitter chat, hosted by myself (@creatricemonde) and Selena (@SelenaThePlaces) at 12pm EST/5pm GMT! We’re dying to know, are you London… or Paris? AND… we will be hosting a link up for next Tuesday, so write a post of your own, attach the badge from our sidebars for your “vote”, share your own stories, and be ready to share!