Paris, France

My love for fashion, cute cafes, and beauty emerged on this amazing trip to the romantic city of Paris!

We arrived in Paris early in the morning and took a taxi to the Le Meridien Paris Hotel where we were staying the night. We then used our trusted Rick Steeves guide to begin our walking tour of the city!

First stop was the famous Notre Dame Cathedral which is one of the oldest gothic Cathedrals in the world. We attended a mass there. It is free entry to the Cathedral unless you want to do the tower climb to see some beautiful views of Paris. It was so sad to hear the Cathedral had a major fire in 2019 but glad to know that it will be fully restored in a few years.

We had a beautiful walk by the Seine River. This is a river that supplies about half of the water that is used in Paris. We then arrived at our next attraction, Sainte Chapelle, and took in the beauty of the timeless stained glass windows of this famous royal chapel!

We then walked by the Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles, which was the Royal Palace of France for many centuries.

We headed over to the Locks of Love to put our names on a padlock, attached it to the public structure, and threw away the key which is a symbol for permanently sealing our love. It was amazing to see how many locks were there!

We then headed over to the world’s largest art museum, the famous Louvre Museum, which is one of the most historic and central landmarks in Paris.

We were able to see the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

Next we walked down the Champs-Elysees which is an avenue that is considered one of the world’s most famous commercial streets that connects the Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde. We got to see the flagship Louis Vuitton store which is located here.

And of course we stopped for some street crepes, which are a must try as they are so fresh and refreshing!

Last stop for the day was to see the tower that I have dreamed of all my life, the Eiffel Tower. We sat in front of it by the Trocadero which is a huge area before the Eiffel Tower and had a little picnic and watched all of the tourists in complete awe and took in all of the culture before we headed up the tower for the evening light show.

The next day, we had breakfast at the hotel and took a taxi to airport as were were headed for Nice, France.

TIPS & Tricks for Paris

  • Many sites are free on the first Sunday of the month: Louvre, Orsay, Rodin, and Cluny museums, the Arc de Triomphe, and Pompidou Center.
  • Most Paris stores are closed on Sundays, but there’s some shopping along the Champs-Elysees, at the flea markets, and Maria’s neighborhood.
  • Restaurants in the Rue Cler neighborhood are closed on Sundays.
  • Museum Pass is like 30-40 euros per person and would be worth it if you have time to visit several of them.

Nice, France

My love for macaroons and azure blue water was realized on our quick trip to the French Rivera. This included Nice and a one day trip to Monaco.

We flew from Paris to Nice (Cote D’Azur Airport). Took a cab from the airport to the Le Meridien Hotel in Nice, which is a highly recommended stay. We relaxed and enjoyed the Promenade des Anglais view right from our room, which faced the sea.

Had a great lunch at one of the cute cafes in the area.

We visited the Jardin Albery, which had a beautiful fountain featuring a statue of Apollo. This is a fun and festive area with lots of live music and performances going on.

We walked around for awhile, had some delicious gelato and took in all the culture of the French Rivera and headed back to our hotel to watch the sunset.

The next morning, we took a long walk along the oceanside and took in some of the breathtaking views.

We then took a bus to Monaco for a quick day trip. The views on the way were so beautiful.

We stopped at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco and had a nice lunch in town.

We headed back to Nice after a late lunch, and explored Old Town of Nice which is literally amazing with cute narrow alleys and cobblestone streets. The ambience of walking through these pathways was an experience itself. Had some amazing macaroons and coffee at one of the local cute cafes.

Everywhere you look, someone is doing some form of art and it was so beautiful! We had dinner at Le Quebec which was a French restaurant. This was in a nice area with great ambience.

Ended the evening watching the night view from our hotel before getting ready to catch our morning flight.

Tips and Tricks for Nice:

  • Take the bus, much cheaper than cabs. 
  • We stayed at a hotel, but a cheaper option would be Airbnb. 
  • Try macaroons that can be found in every cafe.