It's crazy to think that just last week at this time, I was still in Paris. Every time I travel anywhere, it always boggles my mind that x hours ago I was in a completely different country/ time zone/ culture/ season. For someone who hates airplane rides, I have to say I'm so grateful that modern commercial aviation can take us to any end of the earth – and then back home again – whenever we want.
I had a couple extra days after my last show (Chloe!) to wander the streets of Paris and do all the things one does in that city – walk around, eat, look at the Eiffel Tower, shop (more on that later)... I honestly think that Paris must be the most beautiful city in the world, like a giant outdoor museum. Below are a bunch of photos I took towards the end of my stay there.
I stayed in an apartment above a cafe in St. Germain. It was so cute and incredibly convenient to good food, trendy restaurants and bars. For anyone visiting Paris, I highly recommend renting an apartment. Hotels (nice ones, at least) are absurdly expensive in Paris and staying in someone's apartment gives a great authentic experience. I usually just look for apartments that are close to main hotels, which helps guarantee at the very least that the location is good and it'll be easy to get a cab.
Every day, I walked across Le Siene – sometimes multiple times a day. I loved that the bridges are lined with benches on both sides- not because I wanted to perch and watch the view, but because after all that walking, I really needed a place to rest!
Every street you turned onto were filled with buildings that look like they could be palaces. I especially loved how flowers were everywhere – on the streets, out the windows, and gorgeous shops selling all kinds of roses and bouquets could be found on almost every corner.
While in Paris, I also ate a lot (no surprise there). I found the food overall to be extremely heavy but since I was only in town for a week and a half, decided to go to town anyway. During the day, the cafe scene is great (but it's tricky to find one that is not catered to tourists- thus being uber expensive and serving mediocre food). I know in the picture above I'm eating a burger (really??? you say) but burgers were all over the menus everywhere so I had to try for myself if the ones in Paris tasted different than the ones in the States (they don't). I also had dessert with practically every meal, which I never do, but it was worth it! I only wanted to eat at restaurants recommended by friends so I was lucky to hit up a few great places. My favorite is this place called les cocottes de Constant which serves dishes a bit more modern and adventurous than your typical French fare. Cafe Constant (down the street) is pretty good too but packed every night so either go at lunch, or go early when the restaurant opens for dinner.
And of course...the Eiffel Tower. No trip to Paris is complete without at least one shot of that. For more images from Paris (including my entire 4 course lunch from les cocottes), be sure to visit my Instagram feed. That's it for now folks...till next time.