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Saturday, December 12, 2015

10 Things You MUST DO in Paris

10 Things You MUST DO in Paris - cooking classes, shopping, walking tours, skip the line at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre! Don't miss this!

At the beginning of October, I went to Paris for 8 days with three of my favorite travel buddies. We did tons of amazing things while we were there. I narrowed it down to my 10 favorites.

I've included contact information for everything we did so you can check it out for your next trip to Paris.

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Eiffel Tower Skip the Line Tour 
Eiffel Tower - learn the secret to walking right up and skipping the line!
The first thing we did when we arrived in Paris was head straight to the Eiffel Tower!
We booked a skip the line tour with Fat Tire Tours and we literally walked right on the elevator.

We passed hundreds and hundreds of people waiting in line. 
Our guide said the wait gets to be over 7 or 8 hours sometimes. 
Um, NO! Book this skip the line tour and go right up! It is only €25.

View from top of the Eiffel Tower
The views from the second level are fantastic!
LOVED the Eiffel Tower shadow in this photo.

View from top of the Eiffel Tower

View from top of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France
Segway Tour
Segway Tour in Paris - the best way to see the city!
My favorite tour was the Segway Tour we took around the city.
We also booked it with Fat Tire Tours. It cost €80 and is worth every bit of it.

The tour lasted about 3 hours and was super fun!
This was my second time on a Segway. Don't worry if you've never been on one. There is a quick training session before you start the tour. It only takes about 2 or 3 minutes to figure the Segway out.

Segway Tour in Paris - the best way to see the city! Our tour guide was the best!
Our guide, Fraser, was AMAZING! He knew everything about the buildings and Paris.
He was also super great at taking selfies!!
Cooking Classes
French dessert cooking class in Paris
A gaggle of food bloggers can't go to Paris and not do some cooking!
We actually took 2 cooking classes. 

French dessert cooking class in Paris
The first class was a French dessert class. We made 5 different French desserts.
It was a hands on class. We had a blast. 
The best part was that we got to eat and take all the desserts with us. YUM!

The class costs €130.

Dessert Class Information:

Croissant baking class in Paris - eat croissants straight out of the oven. Best croissants in the city!
The second cooking class was a Croissant making class. 
I was super excited about this class and it didn't disappoint. 

It is a special experience to be able to eat a croissant straight out of the oven.
It was the best croissant I ate in Paris! :)

We got the recipe for the croissants. It takes a lot of work to make croissants, but I think I am going to  give it a go before Christmas. Frozen croissants would be a GREAT gift!

The classes sell out quickly, so make sure you book in advance. The class costs €90.

Croissant Class Information:

Take a Walking Tour
Market tour in Paris
A great way to see the city is to take a walking tour. 
We actually took two tours!

Flowers on the streets of Paris
Our first tour was a market tour with Succulent Paris.
We started the tour in a market. After we market we explored the neighborhood. 
We went in tons of fun shops and sampled lots of great food.
We all found some great souvenirs.

Market Tour Information:

Funky Metro entrance in Paris
The second tour was a history walking tour with Edith from Edith's Paris.
Edith took us around the charming Rue Montorgueil neighborhood. 
She told us all about the history of French food. 
Edith was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgable and her personality was the best! 
She made the tour SO much fun!

Edith's Paris History Tour Information:

We did a few walking tours on our own. 
Amanda was in Paris earlier in the year, so she took to her favorite spots.

Beautiful French bakery in Paris

Along the way we stumbled upon the best cheesecake ever!
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake from Berko in Paris - THE BEST! You MUST find this on your next trip!
This lemon meringue cheesecake from Berko was one of the best I've ever eaten!
We were all fighting for the last bite!
Make sure you find it on your trip!
I plan on trying to recreate this at home very soon.


Our last self-guided walking tour was around the Montmartre neighborhood.
Many artists had studios or worked in or around Montmartre, including Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh.
Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre - Paris, France
We started at the Sacre-Coeur.
It is a beautiful Catholic church.

View of Paris from the Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre
You get great views of the city!

The streets of Montmartre in Paris
After the Sacre-Coeur, we walked all around the neighborhood.
It is SO pretty!

Moulin Rouge in Montmartre - Paris, France
We ended our walking tour at the Moulin Rouge!

Dine Outside at a French Bistro
Dine outside at a French Bistro
I loved all the French Bistros with outdoor seating.

Hot Chocolate and Croissants in Paris
You must get some hot chocolate!

Croque Monsieur in Paris
I was a big fan of Croque Monsieurs.
Perfect people watching food!

Les Deux Magots

Walk down the Champs-Élysées
Notre Dame - Paris, France
We spent one day walking down the Champs-Élysées.
We started at Notre Dame.

The Louvre - Paris, France
Stopped by the Louvre.
You can get a skip the line tour for the Louvre from Fat Tire Tours. We didn't go inside the Louvre, but I would highly recommend getting the tour from Fat Tire Tours. The lines were insane! 
When Chicken Legs and I go back, we will definitely get the skip the line tour for the Louvre.

Laduree Macaroons - Paris, France
We grabbed some sweet treats along the way.

Flagship Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France
Did a little shopping!

Pizza on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France
We grabbed a quick bite to eat after all our shopping.

Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France
We ended the day at the Arc de Triomphe.

It is about 3 miles from Notre Dame to the Arc de Triomphe.
It is a great way to spend the day!

Notre Dame
Notre Dame - Paris, France
Notre Dame opens at 8am.
I highly recommend getting there early, the lines get long as the day progresses.

You can go to the top of the tower. We didn't go up because Amanda said the views weren't that great and you can only stay up there for 5 minutes. The views from the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph were better than the view from Notre Dame.

Notre Dame - Paris, France

Notre Dame - Paris, France

Don't miss the back of Notre Dame - Paris, France
Once you are done walking around the inside of the church, make sure you go to the back.
I think it is prettier than the front!

Walk to the top of the Arc de Triumph
Arc de Triumph - Paris, France
It costs €9 to walk to the top of the Arc de Triumph.
Don't worry, you don't have to cross traffic to get the Arc. There is a tunnel that takes you underground to get across the street.

 View of the Champs-Élysées from the top of the Arc de Triumph
You get a great view of the Champs-Élysées.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triumph

Flagship Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France
The shopping can't be beat on the Champs-Élysées.
Every store is on the Champs-Élysées!
Our favorite store was the Louis Vuitton store.
It was crazy! Lines out the door!

I bough Chicken Legs some Paris Saint-Germain t-shirts at the PSG Super Store.
We also spend a lot of time at the Guerlain makeup store. It was HUGE. There was even a place to eat inside the store!

Our other favorite shopping area was the Galeries Lafayette.
Galeries Lafayette - Paris, France
It is like a mall on steroids.
There is a whole store for ladies, another building for men and another building with gourmet food!

I could have spent a whole day here! 

Galeries Lafayette Information
40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France

Light Show at the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower at Sunset
The Eiffel Tower was my absolute favorite thing in Paris.
I could spend all day looking at it.

Eiffel Tower at Sunset
The Eiffel Tower is at it's best at night.

Eiffel Tower light show - the tower sparkles every hour after sunset for 5 minutes - don't miss this!
The tower sparkles every hour after sunset for 5 minutes.
It starts after sunset and ends at 2AM in the summer and 1AM in the winter.

Eiffel Tower light show - the tower sparkles every hour after sunset for 5 minutes - don't miss this!
It is not to be missed!
This was my favorite thing we did in Paris!

Chicken Legs and I are planning to go back to Paris in a couple of years.
We are thinking of doing London and then taking the train to Paris.
I know we want to go to Versailles and I'd love to go to Disneyland Paris for one day.

What are your favorite things to do in Paris?

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  1. I was there Sept. 28 - Oct. 2. It was super. We did some of the same things. I wish I had known of the "skip the line" tours! We also went to van Gogh's village, Monet's estate, and the Palace of Versailles. I hope you had some chocolate, too. The cooking class was a good idea. Thanks for posting.

  2. My family was vacationing in London and decided on a whim to take the train to Paris since the rest of my family had never been. We spent the day in Paris and took the train back to Londay that night. It was a magical day and my children loved every second! we were able to "see" so many of the same things you saw..but of course, no time to linger! And we even ate pizza ata sidewalk cafe

  3. I lived in Montmartre in the early '80s and have been back to Paris many times since. It's always interesting to me what people do when they go. Looks like you had a wonderful time. My heart will always be in Paris.


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