planning for paris.

Every year, we head to Europe for Jules’ annual business conference – we are fortunate enough to be able to piggyback a vacation on top of it. This year, I’ve planned to stay in Paris for a few days before we head to his parents’ place in the countryside, and I’m super excited to spend a little more time in a place that is quickly becoming my favorite city in the world.

Our last trip to France included a three day stint in Paris, which, by all accounts is far too short of a time to spend there. I had initially crammed a full schedule into our three days, including a trip to the Louvre and a final push to explore Rue Mouffetard, but once we got there, the itinerary went out the window and my type-A tendency to overplan quickly went with it. I was truly happy to wander the city and see where the day took us – perhaps it’s something in the air there, it makes you satisfied to sit at a cafe and watch people walk by or to lounge by the fountain at the Jardin des Tuileries for no reason at all other than to catch a bit of sun.


On this trip, I want to do a bit of both – be a bit of a flaneur, as well as experience specific restaurants and landmarks.  I’m bringing an iPad with me so I can do a little bit of work while I’m gone, but I’m looking forward to being mostly laptop free and taking time to put pen to paper like an ex-pat writer living in Paris during the days of Cole Porter and Gertrude Stein, a la Midnight in Paris.

So, for future reference, this is my running list of Things To Do In Paris (items I’ve already done are crossed off):

  • Go to the top of the Tour Eiffel
  • Visit the Louvre Museum
  • Visit the Musée d’Orsay
  • Visit the Musée Rodin
  • Walk through the Palais-Royal Gardens
  • Stop for ice cream at Maison Berthillion on the Ile-St. Louis
  • Stop by the Notre Dame Cathedral (or just walk by and check out all the cool architecture and gargoyles if you’re not determined to go inside)
  • Walk Rue Saint-Honoré (we stayed on this street but didn’t actually walk the cool part)
  • Visit the Marché Aux Puces de Saint Ouen
  • Explore Le Marais (we walked through it very quickly, I need to do this again)
  • Visit the Basilique de Sacré-Coeur
  • Get to the top of Montmartre
  • Walk the Avenue de Champs-Élysées
  • Check out Deyrolle, world famous taxidermist (I’m on the fence about this one)
  • Visit Sainte-Chapelle (so many churches, so little time)
  • Kick it on the Paris Plages
  • Seafood platter at Mobilis in Mobili
  • Hang out with dead people at Père Lachaise
  • Explore the Promenade Plantée
  • Have hot chocolate at Angelina
  • Shop at Colette and Merci
  • Walk the Marché des Enfants Rouges
  • Lunch at Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots (because you just have to, they are Parisian landmarks)
  • Descend to the underground of Paris to check out the catacombs
  • Lose my mind at Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette
  • Have a savory crepe at Breizh Café
  • Carbo-load at Du Pain et des Idées
  • Dinner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  • Walk around Canal St. Martin

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What are your favorite Paris destinations? Let me know in the comments below – I want all the ideas I can get!

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