Introduction to Paris

I meet Ben for a weekend in Paris for his 27th birthday. Though Ben had visited the city a few times en route to Fontainebleau, it was my first time in the city. We had a fabulous time eating and exploring our way through Paris, which might be my new favorite city.

Notes: I took fewer pictures this trip as I was focused on taking videos for an upcoming Christmas vacation video montage. Travel tips and picks at the bottom of the post.

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

Wandering Paris

Wandering Montmartre

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower view

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur view

Sacre Coeur view

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at night

Notes & Recommendations:

Accommodation

We stayed at Comfort Hotel Montmartre Place du Tertre, a cozy and affordable hotel in the Montmartre neighborhood. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and and the rooms small but clean. Both Ben and I really like Montmartre for its abundant cafes, funky boutiques, and safe streets. Though it can feel a bit touristy at times, especially with its close proximity to Sacré-Cœur, the area still has an eclectic charm (it does also border a small red-light nightclub district). Beware, the elevator in hotel is tiny.

Food

For Ben’s birthday dinner we ate at Pramil, a stylish little bistro located in the upper Marais district. The staff was charming, the food incredible, and the price very affordable for such a delightful meal. We both ordered the tasting menu and cannot more highly recommend Pramil.

Our second night in Paris we ate at Café Hugo, also in the Marais district. This hip spot has French onion soup to die for and was the perfect dinner after a full winter’s day of exploring Paris. Though a bit cramped (perhaps compared to American norms), the atmosphere was a mix of intimate and informal. In general, the Marais district looked to have the best cafes and restaurants.

Getting There & Away

I flew from Stockholm Skavsta to Paris Beauvais via Ryanair, the budget friendly route from Sweden. My flight was ridiculously cheap, we’re talking under $30, which compensated for the $20 / 80 minute bus ride via Flygbussarna from Stockholm City Terminal to Stockholm Skavsta airport, and the $20 / 75 minute bus ride from to Paris Beauvais to Porte Maillot (city center).

Getting Around

We walked. And walked. And walked. And it was lovely. The Paris Metro is super easy as well.

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