We took a train from Brussels to Paris and had 4 days to explore the city together! We were probably most excited for Paris, so we were very excited for this part of our trip. Although we didn’t get to see everything we wanted to, we saw and did so many things in our 4 days. Here’s what you NEED to know and what we did while in the French quarters:
Where to Stay:
We stayed in both a hotel and an Airbnb during our stay here. We totally messed up our schedule, so we needed to book an extra couple nights somewhere at the beginning. Hotel Les Jardins d’Eiffel did the trick. It was about $100 a night, which for budget travelers like us it’s a lot, but for this city it’s on the cheaper side. We lucked out with the best room in the whole hotel (I’m convinced), because we had the cutest room that overlooked the Eiffel Tower itself. We got breakfast in bed, cuddled while looking at the sparkling tower each night, and enjoyed the warming towel bars by our bathtub. It was perfect.
On the contrary, our Airbnb was a little less picturesque. We arrived when our host told us to and stood outside for an extra 20 minutes until the maid came scurrying out of the studio where we were suppose to be staying. Apparently the guests before us left late, so we had to wait another half hour for her to have it ready for us. Not only that, but we also found a half-eaten chicken in the mini fridge from the other guests and it just made the entire studio smell horribly during our stay. We saw a ton of cute Parisian apartments throughout the city, so definitely go with Airbnb if you have a good option. We just didn’t luck out.
What to Do:
We did a lot of shopping, walking around, and sight seeing while we were here. Paris is a smaller city, but it has a TON of things to see. We spent our time at the Louvre, the Catacombs, the Eiffel Tower (duh), and multiple other shops and museums. If you have limited time though, you MUST see the Catacombs. There’s nothing like it in the entire world, but prepare yourself for a LONG line (we waited about 3 hours).
What to Eat:
During our time in Paris, we ate out primarily because we didn’t have access to a full kitchen. There’s definitely something to be said for their vegetarian options though, which we fully appreciate. Nothing specific to note, but make sure you at least have a baguette. They’re just as good as everyone makes them out to be.
What to Pack:
Paris is home to some of the best shopping centers and high-end designers in the whole world. So maybe pack some of your best clothing for walking around. Everyone looks like a million bucks.
It’s obvious, but pack a mini umbrella for most any kind of European travel. They have a lot of different types of weather and you wouldn’t want to get caught in the rain (we did).
We loved having our portable charger after long days of walking and using up our phone batteries.
AND don’t forget a converter! Outlets in Europe are very different than what we’re used to in America; so don’t forget to bring a converter for any type of travel. They’re pretty cheap and super nice to have.
Check out our Europe Travel Diary if you'd like to see more from our trip!
We had a great time in Paris, especially at the Catacombs. It’s worth the wait and it teaches you a lot about why and how they got to be there. Tip though: make sure you wear some warm clothes. It’s very cold underground.
Sarah & Rachel