My boyfriend and I finally took our first vacation together! After four and a half years of being together, we decided to trek through Europe (not literally, I’m not super into backpacking). We started in Paris, flew to Venice and then took the train to Rome. I’ve been depressed since we’ve returned, since we can no longer slender through tiny alleys, sip on some cappuccino in a cute Parisian cafe, or discover new antique book stores. This is the first in a three part series with little highlights from our trip.
I love Paris. I love the air, I love the food, I love everything about it. I love sitting and people watching, I love the little shops and the feeling that anything could happen. Here are some spots we hit during this trip that I wanted to share. I'm no Paris connoisseur- just wanted to share some places that brought us joy.
There's nothing like Paris at sunset.
Le Mabillon in Saint-Germaine
I had the absolute BEST truffle ravioli of my life here. Like, lick your plate clean and fantasize about BEST. On the menu, look for Ravioles with truffle from the house Perrin and you will definitely not regret it. I genuinely think that there is nothing as good as that dish. Nothing.
Place des Voges
Grab a pain au chocolate to go, and snuggle up with your honey in this picturesque park. Bring a blanket and enjoy the bubbling fountain, or listen to some of the many street musicians that frequent this spot. We were lucky that a lovely lady decided she wanted to treat us to opera!
Père Lachaise Cemetery
This was my first time frequenting this famous cemetery, and let me say that it is NOT to be missed! Especially in fall, this cemetery is stunning to walk through and discover. Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are two of the many famous people buried in this picturesque cemetery.
Caveau des Oublietes
Tucked away near a main tourist section, this place is a really special find! Walk in and not much seems to be happening - but get down the stairs and find a really cool jazz club in a literal cave!
I’m only including this frequented tourist spot because I was surprised to find the amount of famous people buried there! Here lies Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, two Father’s of the enlightenment; Victor Hugo, the writer of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille; and Marie Curie, winner of two Nobel Prizes and famous for her work in radioactivity. Any history nerd will be excited to see these famous tombs.
Market in Saint-Germaine
Slender through the streets of beautiful Saint-Germain and you might stumble upon the market that is held there. I'm definitely staying in this neighborhood the nest time I visit.
Shakespeare and Company Followed by Le Petit Châtelet
The famous bookstore can swallow any book lover up for hours, which happened to me, much to the disdain of my ever-patient boyfriend. Book browsing can work up quite an appetite, which you can easily beat at the cute little restaurant next door, Le Petit Châtelet.