A Week in Paris, France


Earlier this summer, I visited Tuscany, Florence, and Rome. And now, over one month after returning from Europe, I’m finally sharing my last post recapping our week in Paris. I did a better job of taking photos in Paris but didn’t take very many notes. I’m planning on doing a much better job on my big California trip this fall! More on that soon. But for now, Paris.


Travel Tips

The biggest lesson learned were so common sense it’s embarrassing, but I try to keep things real, so here it goes. 

  1. Just because it’s warm in Italy does not mean it’ll be warm in France, so consider checking the weather in each city and country you’ll be visiting. Because apparently some of us are that stupid. I went from 90s in Italy to 60s in France without one sweater and one pair of black jeans.
  2. Flat leather sandals won’t cut it when you’re walking an average of 20,000 steps a day. Bring the most comfortable shoes you can find. Duh. 
  3. We used google maps offline feature to get around without using data.

I stayed at an Airbnb in St. Germain the first time I visited Paris back in 2013, and this time around stayed at an Airbnb in Marais. Love both neighborhoods and would recommend either one, but wouldn’t recommend this particular apartment because it smelled sort of old and musty.

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Montmartre is one of my favorite spots in the city. The views are breathtaking, and while it’s one big tourist trap, I love it. Just be sure to walk right past these guys!

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One of those touristy spots at Montmartre

Marché des Enfants Rouges

Where we ate

Cafe constant: Charming little place right by the Eiffel Tower, and very easy to get into without a reservation. Order the blonde aquitane steak! So so good. Thanks for the tip, Meg!
Relais de L’Entrecote: They serve bread, steak, and fries, and refill your plate after you finish your first serving.
Semilla in St. Germain: Make a reservation or get there early and order dessert!
Au Passage: Found this place on The Everygirl and while the menu is probably a bit more adventurous than what I’d normally go for, I really enjoyed it.
Marché des Enfants Rouges: The oldest and smallest covered market in Marais.
I know it’s on a bunch of lists but I’d skip Georges. Felt a little too much like Vegas, so we ordered a drink and left.


Monet’s water lillies at Musee Orangerie were breathtaking. A must-see.

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Picasso Museum


The Louvre seemed like such a big undertaking that we skipped it and headed to some of Paris’ smaller museums.
We visited Musée d’OrsayMusée de l’Orangerie, and the Picasso Museum. The Picasso Museum was my favorite of the 3 we visited. A big thank you to Cecile for the warm welcome!

Madeleine & Gustave

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Anine Bing


Where we shopped

I found Anine Bing on Shopbop earlier this year and had no idea she had a shop in Le Marais until we happened to walk past it, so I took a little detour and walked out with some beautiful pieces.
We made an obligatory stop at Merci. Didn’t buy anything but had fun walking around.
Madeleine & Gustave a pretty and sort of random mix of home decor.
One of my favorite blogs recommended Colette, but I didn’t like it at all. Loud, touristy, and just blah. I’d skip this one.



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Day Trip to Versailles

We took the train to Versailles and in spite of the chilly and rainy weather, it was still so beautiful! Definitely worth waiting in line to see the inside of the Chateau.

And a few more photos of the city because P A R I S

Luxembourg Gardens

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Have any questions about my trip? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to help!

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  • Danielle,
    As usual, these are gorgeous photos! Your summer of amazing travel is not helping my wanderlust! I also thought of a blog post idea if it interests you–I’m always fascinated by what people pack: what was the most useful, what they’d leave behind, do they re-wear or do laundry, etc. I’d be especially interested to know what kind of shoes you wore for long days of walking (and what outfits you paired with them). I recently sat mesmerized by Jess Lively’s vlogs on what she packed for her European travel this summer–I’d be interested to hear what you did as well.

    1. Hi Jessica! I planned on making a list of what I brought with me but did the world’s worst packing job and did not choose the right shoes (noted in the post) so it didn’t happen. Next time though! And yes, can’t believe how little Jess had with her! She’s the best.

  • Hi Danielle! I’m loving your travel posts! Do you have a go-to camera lens you use when you travel?

  • Thank you so much for the post, very helpful! I’m also glad that you linked an article on “watch out for the infamous Paris string scam”.