A PCV’s Passport to Paris

Eiffel Tower, as seen from the Musee de Quai Branly

Lots of “P” titled posts this week…haha

Anyway, I just got back from Paris two weeks ago and I wanted to share some of my favorite sights and restaurants that are definitely worth going to.

Museums and Sightseeing

Centre Pompidou – Amazing modern art museum with everything from Picasso to Warhol. I could spend a whole day in there. Definitely pay for the featured exhibit. It’s worth it. They also change their collections every two years and when I was there they had many new acquisitions

L’Orangérie  – home of Monet’s water lily rooms. A must see for any Monet enthusiast.

Le Musée de Quai Branly- Just steps from the EiffelTower, this museum is a mix of anthropology and art with exhibits from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania. There are even Lobi relics from BF!

Musée Marmottan Monet – Beautiful museum with the largest collection of Monet and other impressionists. A little out of the way but totally worth it.

Montmartre – Paris’ Bohemian City. I was super lucky this trip and our apartment was located in the heart of Montmartre. Walk to Sacre-Coeur, Place des Abbesses, the Moulin Rouge, and the Musée de Montmartre. If you want good pizza hit up Pomodoro. It was amazing. We saw a bunch of cops ordering carry-out…so by that definition it must be good.

Sainte-Chapelle – Located in the Palais de Justice a stone’s throw from Notre Dame de Paris, this church may have the prettiest stained glass windows in Paris. You have pay and enter through a metal detector because it’s part of the Palais de Justice but it’s worth it.

Of course you can’t forget the Musée D’Orsay and the Louvre

Shopping

BHV – Located right next to the Hotel de Ville (Bazar d’Hotel de Ville) this crazy shop has everything from the blue and white Paris address numbers to fountain pens, to hardware, to fine china, and even designer clothes.

FNAC – France’s answer to Best Buy, except they also have books! Be sure to ask for a detax if you are bringing stuff back to BF/the US

Eating

L’As de Fallafel – Best. Fallafel. In. Paris. (Located on Rue des Rosiers in the Marais)

Berthillion  – Ice cream at Esterina’s on Ile -St-Louis. Try the Caramel de Beurre Salée. You won’t regret it.

Bon Marché  (The Food Hall) – I believe this store has the largest food hall in the world. If you want to find anything, and I mean ANYTHING! This store has it from sesame seeds to squid ink. PCVs might suffer a panic attack when overwhelemed with all the food.

Macarons – Best cookie ever. Enough said. Found in most pastry shops in Paris.

Picard’s – Frozen food paradise. If you’re staying in an apartment and you can heat things up this is perfect!

One response to “A PCV’s Passport to Paris

  1. linda marcuccilli

    hi sara;

    i’m so glad you had a great time!!
    Linda Marcuccilli

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