PARIS!

Bonjour!

This may be a bit of a lengthy post, but rightfully so. Paris is an incredible city that deserves lots of love, so here goes:

(1) Luxembourg Garden:

This is a gorgeous park you MUST take a stroll in. There’s a pond where kids have sailboat competitions, families play bocce ball, the list goes on. It’s a large park, so you can spend quite a bit of time there.

(2) Crepes at Au P’tit Grec:

This is a street stand where you grab a crepe and go. Both times I went, there was quite a long line, but well worth the wait.

My first one was a “Savoyarde,” which had potatoes, Raclette (Savoy cheese), country ham, lettuce, tomatoes and onion.

Savoyarde Crepe

My second one was the “Crepe du Chef,” which had coppa (Italian ham) mozzarella, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, and I requested to add potatoes (great idea).

Crepe du Chef (with added potatoes)

(3) The Pantheon:

All along I thought the rave about the Pantheon was about the one in Rome, but turns out there’s a Pantheon in Paris, too.

Pantheon in Paris

(4) Notre Dame

It was quite popular on a Saturday night, but still had to get a picture in front!

Notre Dame + Me

(5) Starbucks:

I know what you’re thinking- “Why Starbucks in Paris?”

Honestly, I have been missing my go-to order back home: a blueberry scone and a flat white. Except this time, it was just a coffee with milk and nutmeg, and a blueberry muffin. Still a VERY happy me!

A blueberry muffin and a coffee with milk and nutmeg.

(6) Tuileries Garden:

Paris knows how to do parks. Tuileries Garden is another stunning place for a stroll and time with family and friends!

Ferris wheel at the Tuileries Garden

(7) Eiffel Tower:

The Tuileries Garden is very close to the Eiffel Tower, so if you visit one or the other, be sure to go ahead and visit both!

Eiffel Tower + Me

The night before my friends and I left, we went to the Eiffel Tower to watch it twinkle for a proper goodbye to Paris. The tower begins sparkling at 10 p.m. and sparkles on the hour for 5 minutes!

I suggest stopping for a savory crepe somewhere around the Eiffel Tower- I got a nutella and banana crepe!

Nutella & Banana Crepe at the Eiffel Tower

(8) Avenue of Champs Elysees:

This is a mile long strip of all of the most incredible things you can think of- Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Perfumeries and Macaroons, you name it!

I had Pierre Herme macaroons and they were so good because you had the option to have two flavors instead of one! I had raspberry with pistachio (“Montebello”), then Madagascar chocolate with dark chocolate (“Ultime”).

They also came in the cutest little origami boxes!

Pierre Herme origami boxes

The “Montebello” flavor was my favorite!

“Montebello”- Raspberry & Pistachio

(9) Arc de Triomphe:

Once you finish walking the strip of Champs Elysees, be sure to check out this monument!

(10) Le “Relais de l’Entrecote”:

Bottomless steak and fries, anyone?

This restaurant is a total tourist spot, but so SO worth it!

Bottomless steak + fries!!

(11) Midore:

If you have the chance, you must go to this bakery! While I was there, I got a baguette and the most incredible slice of chocolate chip flan. Wish I had some right now!

Midore Chocolate Chip Flan

(12) Fromagerie Cheese Shop:

This is a small cheese shop that was located right next to our airbnb, and it had the prettiest selection of cheeses! I got goat and gouda cheese, peach and blackberry yogurt, and rice pudding. Isn’t it the cutest?

Fromagerie Cheese Shop

(13) Louvre Museum:

I had no idea how massive this museum is! This is my favorite thing I have EVER DONE!

I love the organization of the museum. I saw the sections of Islamic art, Spanish, Italian, Grecian, Egyptian and Mediterranean. And yes, I did see the Mona Lisa. And yes, it is way smaller than I had hoped for!

(14) Shakespeare & Company Bookstore:

This is a beautiful, two-story bookstore with all English books.

(15) Museum d’Orsay:

Head here to see Picasso’s art, Degas’, Monet’s and Van Gogh’s.

(16) Centre Pompidou:

This is such a fun, modern museum. You can’t miss it by its looks on the outside- a bunch of HUGE tubes!

(17) Rodin House:

Besides the Louvre, the Rodin House was my second favorite thing to visit in Paris. Rodin completed lots of sculptures during his time and this museum houses all of them. While you’re there, be sure to take a walk around the garden, too, and enjoy a cappuccino!

(18) The Palace of Versailles:

You can take a train from Paris to Versailles and back for under $10! The Palace is absolutely stunning, as is the courtyard. Be sure to check out Marie Antoinette’s estate as well!

Don’t forget to treat yourself to Laduree Macaroons!

Raspberry, Pistachio, Vanilla, Caramel, Rose, Dark Chocolate and Lavender Laduree Macaroons

Thanks for following along,

-Rach

 

 

 

In My First Week of Rome…

I’ve eaten what is equivalent to my body weight in carbs. So yes, my first-week recap is going to be all about food!

I’ve had ravioli, spaghetti al carbonara, lasagna, tortellini con prosciutto, and two trips for gelato. Also, I’ve learned that Coca-Cola is better here for some reason. I drank a coke at an airport while in Atlanta, Georgia, thinking that would be my last one for four months. But I’m so glad it wasn’t!

At this point, I’m super thankful for all of the walking I’ll be doing while I’m here to compensate for all of the eating I will be doing.

After moving into my apartment, my roommates and I walked around the block in Prati district to see if we could find some food close by. We found Zigaetana, which is a cute two-story restaurant. If you didn’t know this, Italians have a reputation for never being in a hurry (unless they’re driving). The food was great, but the service was slow. I had ravioli and it was great after a long flight!

I’ve always been a lasagna fan, and now I think I may be an even bigger fan. This lasagna (pictured below) is from Vito E Dina.

I’ve learned that typically, most restaurants in Rome charge 1 Euro per customer. If they give you bread, you’re actually paying for it, because then the service charge per customer is 1.5 Euro.

This next meal pictured below is “Pollo al Roma,” which is Roman chicken. This is a classic dish with a red sauce and red and green bell peppers.

This restaurant is an older, family-style one located right around the Pantheon, La Sagrestia.

This is a great place to grab dinner with friends and family, take a look at the Pantheon, and grab some gelato!

Now on to the gelato that’s close to the Pantheon… This place is called Della Palma, and has 150 flavors! I got the champagne flavor and would have it again and again!

Tip: Typically gelato shops around major landmarks (such as the Pantheon) are a tourist trap. You can tell because the price is 4 Euros, instead of 2 Euros. Also, anytime a gelato shop is a bunch of bright colors, stay away. It’s FAKE!

This gelato was a size small that came with three scoops, and was only 2 Euros!

Now here’s the real deal when you want to stay in and eat to-go. Delivaroo is an app you can download and have delivered to you. They have multiple restaurants on the app and the delivery charge is only 2.5 Euros!

I ordered a classic burger with fries and a sprite, and it hit the spot and made me feel right at home again!

This meal was from Tommi’s Burger Joint, which is a cute restaurant located in Prati District.

Last thing – I ordered a spicy salami sandwich in the district where school is located (Campo Marzio) that inspired me to grab some salami at the grocery store. I’ve been grilling sandwiches at home with salami, prosciutto (yes, double meat and I am a girl) and provolone cheese and it’s INCREDIBLE!