Cheers, Madame! The Perfect Day

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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:

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 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

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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

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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)

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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

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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!

  • This sounds so perfect, I didn’t even know about the Musee D’Orsay until my friend said she was going and then I read about it on different blogs. It looks fantastic and is def on my must go list next time I’m in Paris.

    • I just love D’Orsay!! It has some of my very favorite art periods, and the building is just so cool. It has a much warmer and personal feel than the Louvre, and also handles crowds better in my opinion. I mean, everyone has to see the Louvre too, but D’Orsay is equal in my opinion. 🙂

  • Casey

    Such a good day in Paris! Ahh Paris, is there anywhere better? 🙂

    • Haha you’re so right!! I always think of those bumper stickers fishermen or golfers put on their cars, only mine would read “a bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else.” 😉

      • Casey

        Totally!

  • Jess Boyd

    I couldn’t have planned a more perfect 24 hours myself. The d’Orsay is one of my favorite museums (the l’Orangerie is a very close second). For an amazing view of the Eiffel tower at night, go to the top of Montparnasse tower. It’s breathtaking!

  • Sounds like a good day, we’ve enjoyed all those things except for we are not big shoppers and would rather shop for baked goods than clothing:) But it is really hard to not have a good day in Paris even if you don’t do much of anything:)

    • I’m not a big shopper myself either!! Baked goods are certainly good items to shop for, and Paris is a great place for that! There’s even a huge Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées perfect for that! And I agree, a good day in Paris really isn’ that hard to find! 🙂

  • Love this, and Musee D’Orsay would most definitely be on my must see list! We visited it for the first time a month or so ago. Breathtaking.

    • Thank you!! D’Orsay is such a stunner – last time I was there though the top floor was under renovation, and that’s the best part!! You can go outside there and see the view over the Seine. Hopefully it’s been opened back up by now, that was about 2 years ago or more! 🙂

  • Ohhh the Musee D’Orsay and Paris. Take me baaaack. And take me back with enough money to splurge at LV!!

    • Haha yes I think one purchase of earrings in LV would blow my entire trip budget! Best to start playing the lottery before take-off and hope for the best! 😉

  • You also described my perfect day!! Especially Musee D’Orsay, it’s my favourite too!

    • Me too!! They have my favorite collection of artworks. There’s some really cool lesser known museums in Paris as well… might be perfect material for a future post! 😉

  • This is so good! I’m planning on going all over Europe in 2.6 years and I’m already looking at things to do over there! I want to really make the most of my time over there so I’m looking for local recommendations and not what ‘the book says’ to do! This is EXACTLY what I want! :]

    • How fun!!! I have another post about my top ten picks to experience Paris like a local that would be helpful. If you need any tips or help with planning your trip though, or any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!! I love helping out other travelers! 🙂

      • Ooh I’m definitely going to have a look! 🙂 I definitely will contact you when it gets closer to the time! Haha I feel like a kid on Christmas morning…only I have to wait until I graduate university to get what I want 🙂

        • Haha don’t let anyone fool you, it’s always a waiting game!! Unfortunately patience is not one of my virtues… lol. Do let me know when you start planning though, and I would be happy to offer any insight and suggestions I have!! 🙂

          • Ah, patience isn’t one of my virtues either! Haha. I definitely will! This post has just made me a million times more excited to actually get out there and travel!! 🙂

          • Excellent! So glad to have stirred up that inner wanderlust! 🙂

  • Emma

    I’ve never been to Paris, but this sounds like it would be the perfect day to spend there.

    Hmm maybe…

    • There are so many ways to spend a perfect day in Paris, but this definitely hits many of the highlights, especially if you’ve never been! 🙂

  • Oh I didn’t know about the Musee D’Orsay! I will have to see it if I ever go back and I hope I’m there at night to see the tower sparkle like that!

    • Musée D’Orsay is a real gem! And, you can book tickets ahead of time so you can skip the massive crowds that line up outside everyday! The tower sparkling, well that’s just magical as well. 🙂

  • I love your post on a perfect day in Paris!! That is indeed yet another version of a perfect day in Paris, and hits completely different areas. I spent so much time in Le Marais and the 5th – love those spots. 🙂 Lucky you going back in January!! I need to plan a trip, but I think the soonest I’d be able to get there would be June…

  • Priyanka Kanagaraj

    This is simple one of the best blog I’ve read about Paris . You just describe it so beautifully . Thank you so much for such an amazing blog post .

    • Thank you so much!!! I am so glad you like it, and my favorite city in the world! Your comment made my morning, thank you again! 🙂