Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Bonjour Winter, Paris II

When you have the opportunity to visit Paris during their winter, I say take it...

I had a taste of this beautiful city during the summer and it couldn't have made me fall more in love with a city like it did. But throughout this crispy trip, I was definitely falling harder. I guess that's why it's called the city of love right?  
Despite the temperature constantly dropping, we didn't let it stop us from exploring the left bank, and the right, like we belong with the Parisian locals. Without the French pronunciation of course, I think we're too Australian for that... The only phrase I could pronounce properly was Merci beaucoup! We ventured our way down hidden streets... Consuming an unhealthy amount of Crepes, eating snails, and finding heaven in patisseries. Along with the Parisian vibes, the sunsets, the beautiful architecture and the incredible views, we met some great people along the way, created nights we won't forget and definitely made it one step harder to keep that fat off...
I couldn't keep my new favourite findings to myself so i've put together a small guide for the ones who want to explore like a Parisian. Enjoy, L x
1. Views of Paris: Sacre-Coeur or Arc de Triomphe
You're probably thinking why I haven't mentioned the Eiffel Tower... I believe the best views of Paris is with a view of the Eiffel amongst it. If you're looking for just a view of the city, I would suggest spending your money at the Arc de Triomphe. If you want a nice view at night then definitely go for dinner at the top of the Eiffel and make it worth it. The Sacre-Coeur is a view that doesn't get much praise and it doesn't cost a cent. I would suggest visiting at sunset.
2. The perfect pastries: Sebastien Gaudard Patisserie, Rue des Martyrs
The master of French pastries, Sebastien Gaudard made magic happen when he opened his store placed in South Pigalle. Once you walk in, you won't want to leave - you're surrounded with freshly baked sugary smells, a beautifully decorated store and pastries that look like art. You will not regret spending any amount of Euros at this patisserie, and you will definitely not regret the amount of pastries you consume - I recommend the eclair. 
3. Explore the creative side: Montmartre
Although Montmartre is said to be completely different to what it used to be, this neighbourhood is definitely worth exploring. Try to lose yourself in the streets that give you a glimpse of every aspect of Paris. Start at the top of the hill where stands the Sacre-Coeur, the historic church with a beautiful view of Paris. Make your way down, passing the artist markets and a sea of local foods and shops. You'll then get to the bottom where it's lined with bars, sex shops, peep shows and more food. Here you'll find the Moulin Rouge. 
4. Snails: Chez Clement Restaurant, Av. des Champs-Elysees
When you're in Paris, you can not miss giving snails a taste! This cute French restaurant caught our eye with the golden pots and pans adorning from the front. We ordered our food with snails as our entree and they definitely made them much more appetizing then you could imagine snails to be. It was an experience in itself but with a view of the Arc de Triomphe, topped with the amazing food, I would 100% recommend. 

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