May 24, 2013

Five Favorite Things Friday, Paris Edition!

As you will know if you read our blog, Paris is one of our favorite destinations.  There are so many exceptional places to see and of course don't get us started on all the tasty food and wine to be consumed.  We feel a day in Paris is not complete unless there is a stop at a local cafe for a pastry, flaky croissant or perhaps a mille feuille.  While there are many favorites things, we have chosen five to highlight!

1.  Eiffel Tower:  The iconic symbol of Paris and to view it at night with the twinkly lights is a sight to behold.  I could watch that every night, kind of like the fireworks at Magic Kingdom!
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2. Montmartre:  This is a lovely village on the northern side of the city that includes the Sacre Coeur basilica and a quaint little area where artists work and sell their finished paintings, prints etc.  You can spend a day here strolling around visiting the local shops and restaurants and visiting some sites such as the Moulin Rouge! 
Sacre Coeur
3. Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay:  Paris has many wonderful museums and these tow are favorites of ours.  At the Louvre this world famous museum includes the Mona Lisa painting by DaVinci, Venus de Milo sculpture by Alexandros and of course the pyramid by I.M. Pei.  The Musee d'Orsay is located inside a renovated old railway station which makes it very unique.  The building itself is worth a visit, let alone the impressive collections of artwork inside.  There is a large collection of impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Cezanne.

4. Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe  No trip to Paris would be complete without a stroll down this boulevard where you can see many shops, cafes, and restaurants.   It is a beautiful tree lined street with loads of shops, hotels, cafes and of course the Arc de Triomphe which is a prevalent landmark at one end.  It is fun to stop for a coffee and croissant and people watch at one of the outdoor tables!



5. Pastries:  We love to eat and Paris offers many options for your gastronomic pleasure. Many morning and afternoon stops include a cup of tea or an espresso and a freshly baked croissant or pastry treat! One of our favorite restaurants is Chez Andre, located just off the Champs Elysses.  They offer the biggest creme brulee I have ever seen! And just in case you're wondering, anything to eat tastes better in France!

What are you favorite spots in the City of Lights?
(Pam)

11 comments:

  1. oh la la , Paris! I was there about ten years ago when I was sixteen. I was amazed at all of the beautiful landmarks in the city. You named some of my favorites :)

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    1. Thanks Karen. This is one of Christine's favorite places and I enjoy it too. It's was quite cool this time, but we bundled up and saw and enjoyed many things. Next time I hope to be here for a runDisney race and sooner rather than later!

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  2. I've never been but cannot wait to go one day!

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    1. Krissy, hopefully next year for a runDisney race. I can't wait for a continent to continent challenge!

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  3. One of my favorites is the Paris Opera House. The architecture is incredible. This is where the Phantom Of The Opera was supposed to have taken place. They do tours on certain days. That was one of my favorite parts of Paris.

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    1. Despite visiting Paris may times, we have never done the tour of the opera house. We have put it on our list for another visit!

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  4. Love Paris, we visited there as a family in 2008. The Louvre was amazing! I must admit after being at Disney World a zillion times, I was not impressed much by Disneyland Paris but kids had fun.

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    1. Agree Lisa about DL Paris, although we were there many years ago, about 16 I think. We love the city and would not miss a race at DL Paris if one is announced by runDisney!

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  5. This is a place I would love to visit, just haven't made it there yet! Love the pictures and the pastries sound amazing!!

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    1. Thanks Karen. We can't wait for a runDisney race here too! Christine and I will come for sure!

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  6. Paris is one of my favorite places!! The Eiffel Tower at night with the sparkle lights tops my list!! And the pastries - yum! Other favorites of mine are Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and walking along the Seine.

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