Friday, December 18, 2015

48 Hours in Paris

As 27 million girls between the ages of 13 and 16 once captioned their insta in front of the eiffel tower, "Paris is always a good idea." While that may be one of the central tenets of basic betch-dom, it isn't untrue. Seriously, unless Paris is in the throws of an outbreak of the plague can you really think of a time when it wouldn't be a good idea to go? Now, you could live in Paris your whole life and still stumble upon something new every day, but I've compiled a 48 hour itinerary that hits some of my favorite spots in the city.

7:00 pm // Drop into Du Pain et des Idées for l'escargot chocolat pistache and a few other pastries then head back to your hotel room for tomorrow morning.

9:00 am // Enjoy morning pastries in your hotel room while mapping out your route for the day.

10:00 am // Head toward the center of the city and enjoy a walk through the Tuileries on your way to the Musee d'Orsay.
#protip: No pics allowed inside, sorry!

1:30 pm // Pick up some lunch at L'As du Fallafel to eat while you wander through the Marais district. Be sure to stop in the art galleries and boutiques where there are plenty of hidden gems to be found.
#protip: Merci, a boutique in the neighboring 3rd arrondissement, has darling bracelets that range from about 5-15 euros that make perfect gifts for girlfriends!

4:30 pm // Shop around (or window shop around) some of Paris' famed department stores. Must-visits include the Bon Marche and the Galeries Lafayette.

7:00 pm // Conduct your own tasting of Paris' best macarons. Pick up some of Pierre Herme's creative flavor combinations from his boutique in the Galeries Lafayette, then head over to Laduree on the Champs Elysée to try some of Paris' best known creations.

8:00 pm // Have a leisurely dinner at Le Bistrot Paul Bert.

12:00 am // If you're a Midnight in Paris fan, head to the steps of St. Etienne du Mont and hope you're magically transported back in time.

10:00 am // Start your Sunday right with a trip to Angelina for hot chocolate. You're on vacation, so chocolate for breakfast is completely acceptable.

11:30 am // Explore the Carnavalet Museum, dedicated to Paris' very long and very complicated history. 

1:30 pm // Pick up a baguette, some cheese, some fruit and a bottle of wine and enjoy a picnic lunch under the Eiffel Tower. 

3:00 pm // Continue on the museum trail with the Musee Rodin and its stunning gardens. 

5:30 pm // Stop in Shakespeare & Co, one of Paris' most iconic bookstores, and pick up a copy of one of your favorites with the store's stamp. 

7:30 pm // Now that you've completely tired yourself out from walking, stop in L'Eclair de Genie for an afternoon pick-me-up. 

8:30 pm // Head to Cafe de Flore for a last dinner. There will be tourists to be sure but plenty of locals as well, plus you'll be able to say you've eaten at one of Hemingway's favorite.
#protip: Try to get a seat on the patio and don't go if you have anywhere you have to be. 

#protip: The arrondissements are just zones of the city that were established when Baron Haussmann essentially rebuilt Paris in the 1800s. It starts in the center of the city with the first arrondissement, then they snail out clockwise from there. They're super helpful if you're lost, so be sure to know what arrondissement you're trying to get to!

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