It really is true what they say about Paris in the spring, it’s unbelievably picturesque. Flowers are in bloom, fluffy clouds are overhead, and a sprinkling of rain feels refreshing between warm days. During my week long stay I lived like a local, took over 4,000 photos and made some incredible discoveries.
I truly enjoyed every moment I spent in the City of Light. I climbed to the top of Notre Dame to visit the gargoyles. Scoured the puces for antique treasure. Experienced the city from the top of the Eiffel tower at midnight and viewed iconic works of my favorite impressionists.
I have many more photos and details to share in upcoming posts, for now here are a few Paris travel tips.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
Living like a local in Paris is made possible thanks to sites like airbnb. You can rent an apartment in your favorite part of the city and truly immerse yourself in the culture. This visit I stayed in a beautiful one bedroom Parisian apartment for less than the cost of a hotel. I truly felt at home. (Sign up for airbnb with this link and receive $25 off your first booking.)
LEARN A LITTLE FRENCH
I spent the weeks leading up to my trip learning French with the Pimsleur method. The program is incredibly effective, I went from knowing absolutely no French to a very basic conversational level in under a month.
Each lesson is about 30 minutes in length and consists of audio lessons with native French speakers. I found listening to them in the car the perfect scenario. I could turn it up loud, listen for nuances and repeat. I have been recommending the program to everyone. If you are interested in giving the Pimsleur method a try, save 25% by using the code SAVENOW at checkout. You can also try a demo for yourself before committing to the program.
BUY AUTHENTICALLY FRENCH SOUVENIRS
Early saturday morning (8:00AM will do but earlier is better) head to the Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves. Which is, in my opinion, the best flea market in Paris. It’s small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality and price. Just take metro Line 13 to the Porte de Vanves stop to get there.
You can pick up some really amazing and truly authentic french souvenirs, like antique papier-mâché pencil boxes, beveled glass picture frames and teacups made in France a century ago.
P.S. Be sure to click to read the image details above if you are looking for more great places to visit, and take photos of while in Paris. There are some suggestions hidden in the captions.