Have you ever been to Paris during the Holiday season? Would you like to go? Well, a few wonderful readers asked me to put together a little guide for non-turistic things you can do and places you can visit during the winter. So, since I am madly in love with the City of Light and we have been there a few times already, I put together a list of nine things I'd be doing there if I could fit in a short Christmas trip. Le sigh!
Here it is:
1. It's always a good idea to rent a flat or home-swap instead of staying in a hotel. This way you can really experience the feel of the city with its easy-going-approach. Like in the morning popping down to pick up a few freshly made croissants and pastries for breakfast. Make sure to enjoy the long lines for baguettes and the morning chatter. (Here is a wonderful video of what to buy and make sure to break this baguette rule - just because!)
2. Treat yourself to a little river bank picnic on Île Saint-Louis. It's the perfect place for a cozy, quiet and serene time out.
3. If you fancy re-living a scene from Midnight in Paris then visit Place Dauphine. It's a hidden little square and the place where they filmed the romantic night stroll scene. Get a coffee and enjoy the feel of it all:)
4. Grab a cuppa and climb up the Arc de Triomphe. The combination of walking, coffee and the breathtaking views will warm you right up!
5. Make a quick stop to Androuet Fromagerie aka the best cheese shop in France! It's a place that cheese-lovers will not want to leave. Androuet selects and matures all the handcrafted, farm and raw cheeses.
6. And when it gets darker, take a moody stroll down Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Hold hands with your love and enjoy a few stolen smooches.
7. The same evening stumble upon one of the few Noel á Paris aka Christmas markets that are glowing around the city. Grab a nutella crêpes and a cup of hot wine.
8. Of course your stay wouldn't be complete without visiting the Pont des Arts - the lovers bridge. It oozes romance on every possible level. The drill for lovers is to fasten a padlock to the railings and then toss the key into the Seine river below, symbolizing their eternal love.
9. And the last, but certainly not least on my list is people watching. Paris was made for it with all those amazing cafés and huge windows. It's truly the best way to get to know the city even if only through the café window.
P.S: An awesome GIVEAWAY Wednesday is coming up!
P.P.S: Plus, more breathtaking Paris:)
(Photos and tips by The Wandering Girl, The CaledonianMining, Paris in Four Months, City Room, A Well Traveled Woman, EuroVision, Jamie Beck & Irene Suchocki)