Ashley and I both were, as some would say, meant for Paris. Paris is a city that is like no other. The architecture, food, culture, language and beauty are so incredibly unique that only one who has visited can truly understand the magic. We stayed at the Shangri-La that is one of the most alluring hotels in all of the city.
Our Parisian adventure started by visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower, and we spent most of our day sitting in the soft green grass and gardens that surround the tower. We embodied our true tourist selves while we drank champagne and discussed how exquisite the experience truly was. This was our second destination of our trip to Europe, and we wanted to make the most of it. I ended up meeting an unexpected and intensely attractive local boy who was studying in Paris that wanted to show me around the city. Our judgment is what some might call spontaneous, others, foolish. However, I planned the date anyway, and sometimes taking chances works out in your favor. Stay tuned for the adventure...
Our absolute favorite food in the world is truffle pasta, or anything with truffle for that matter. Our number one recommendation for truffles in Paris is La Maison de la Truffe. The atmosphere is elegant and charming; the food, is unreal. We ordered truffle burrata, pastas with seasonal and black truffles, and of course, champagne. Our second recommendation for restaurants would be Ferdi. This little gem is the most unique restaurant I have ever seen, it is quite small and intimate and is filled with the most fascinating decor. The macaroni and cheese is addicting, so be careful and consider yourself warned. One thing that you cannot go to Paris without doing is getting a grotesque amount of macarons. Our favorite spot is Pierre Marcolini, and Ashley would suggest getting the largest box available and choosing only chocolate, but to each their own.
The history in Paris is amazing, almost anywhere you turn you see something beautiful. The architecture in this city is phenomenal, and aesthetically overwhelming. Besides just walking around the city for the beautiful scenery, the art that is housed in the Louvre is something you must make a point to see. We could spend days walking around the museum looking at all of the masterpieces and work from around the world. Cathédrale Notre-Dame is also a must see, the architecture is fascinating and you can feel the history as soon as you step foot inside. (Edit: Notre-Dame has sadly burned, but seeing the remains would still be an amazing experience).
It was my last night in Paris when my new Parisian boyfriend picked me up on his motorcycle to show me around the city. We drove past famous places in Paris. We saw Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe, The Palais Garnier, and we ended up at my new favorite place, Montmartre. Montmartre is a beautiful hill that overlooks the city that is home to the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica. We sat on the hill, drank Rosé and discussed the difference between politics in the United States compared to France, among other things... It was one of the most engaging nights of my life.