Paris, France

Louvre Paris France

Louvre Paris France

Paris was the last stop on my wife and I’s 15 year anniversary trip this summer in Europe.  It was also the only stop where we didn’t speak a lick of the language.  We still had a great time.  Paris, much like Barcelona and London has a really advanced and developed metro system that made getting around the city and to all the tourist destinations a breeze.  We stayed at Melia La Defense just outside the city center.  What we liked about this hotel was that it was pretty affordable, very close to a fairly large shopping center, and right in front of the subway for the 1 line.  The 1 runs you to stops like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre Museum.  The staff was awesome and very accommodating for tourists like ourselves.  On the last night we got room service, and while our entrees didn’t blow us away, the dessert was awesome, shown below.

Melia Hotel dessert

Melia Hotel dessert

Our favorite place that we eat was also the one that came most recommended.  If you come to Paris, you have to try the world-famous L’As Du Falafel.  We found it on the map pretty easy and it was clear from the long but fast-moving lines, that this place was a hot spot.

L'as Du Fallafel

There was a different fallafel vendor right in front of these guys but absolutely no one was in line, just the owners who looked grumpy as hell looking at the masses going to L’as Du Fallafel.  Interestingly enough on our last night in Paris my wife wanted to try these guys one last time, but we got there to late and it was close.  The competitors were open in front however so we gave them a try.  L’As Du Fallafel though, it really is something you have to try.  Watching them put it together was interesting, they have 7-8 different ingredients and the owners put it together in the matter of seconds.  Easy the best fallafel I’ve ever had.

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My wife and I before this trip had become huge fans of the macaron, and so trying an authenticate Paris macaron was a must.  We tried the best in town at Pierre Herme, and while they were very, very expensive, the flavors were unique and unforgettable.  There were flavors and combinations you wouldn’t never even consider.  I think we had one with rose petals in it, and it tasted awesome.

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Pierre Herme macarons

Pierre Herme macarons

On our second day in Paris we visited the Versailles museum.  It really is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever visited.  Before heading up to the museum, I noticed a McDonalds that was absolutely packed.  Right next door we sat down at a French baguette place and had a really good lunch.  I was bothered by all the people going into McDonalds.  Sigh.

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My overall thoughts on Paris compared to other European cities from our list (We also visited London, Barcelona, and Venice)  I was expecting more from the French cuisine.  London was easily the best, but nothing can beat the sights of Paris like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Versailles.  The infrastructure was just as good as the other cities we visited.  I would definitely visit Paris again, there were a few places we didn’t get to visit like Arc de Triumph.  One big negative for Paris according to my wife was lack of hygiene.  There were some interesting moments on the subway, and the street food vendors we ran into didn’t use gloves.  In fact they handle money and food all in the same transaction.  I’m okay with germs, but if you are not, then you might want to stick to restaurants.  If you want a solid list for places to try, check out FoodieHub.TV’s Paris list.

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