‘Wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.’ – Ernest Hemingway

After graduating high school, I was lucky enough to backpack Europe for a month with a friend. We hit the big names: Rome, London, Venice, & Paris. Five years later, the nostalgia overtook me & I traveled solo to the City Of Light for some tennis, crepes, & good ole fashioned wandering (I’m a lucky gal). Paris, of course, is absolutely breathtaking. Their public parks boast sculptures worthy of museums; you could spend hours along the Seine taking in the surrounding architecture, music, & aromas. Things one must do if planning a future adventure: learn some French phrases, it’s easier/less annoying for all involved! My preferred modus operandi whilst on vacation is not using a map; pick a metro stop, get off, & see where the fates take you.

The line for the Louvre can get rather ridiculous, but you can beat the crowds by arriving a half hour before it opens at 8:30 am. I’d recommend staying until close, that way you can visit every wing, linger on whatever catches your eye, and still have leftover time for a bite at the Café Richelieu terrace!

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Save a day to visit the royal Château de Versailles, only about 45 minutes outside of Paris via the metro & SNCF. The main palace that Louis XIV created is not very time consuming; fancy dining rooms & bedrooms are boring. The Hall of Mirrors is a must walk through but surprisingly not very good for selfies. The estate’s garden is the real deal, having been twice in my life it still requires the need for me to return. Magnificent fountains inspired by Greek & Roman gods, gorgeous groves, paved walkways, along with the famous crowning achievements of Mansart: The Orangerie & Grand Trianon, are all there for you to feast your senses on.  Don’t forget to take the tram, bike, or walk to Marie-Antoinette’s residence, which she used as a rural pursuit away from court life. 

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For instant Paris gratification get straight to La Tour Eiffel, Cathédrale Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries,  Jardin du Luxembourg, or take a step outside & look up…

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Do what you have to do & get yourself to this slice of heaven on Earth, you’ll fall in love with yourself & life.

-GEORGETTE BIBBER @gegesdiary