We love Paris, or rather the idea of Paris. Having not yet been we can do little more than daydream, buy Paris related items, try to learn French, watch French movies, listen to French music and daydream some more.
What’s the allure? For us its the idea of lounging about with Chocolate croissants, strolling around the Louvre, listening to Charles Trenet sing French songs we don’t understand and shopping at the French market instead of the super market.
Perhaps you’ve been daydreaming about Paris or maybe it’s on your travel bucket list. With the New Year in full swing you’ve probably been dreaming of at least a few places to travel to this year. If a vacation to Paris is on your list now or later get ready to step up your Wanderlust and commit to get in the mood.
Go prepared with some fun history details you can use to impress your travel companions, a years worth of books, movies and music all French inspired and a list of travel guides for when you’re ready to book the hotel. This is our Paris Adventure Guide. Here we’ve pulled together all the things you need to get inspired and experience as much Paris as possible before stepping foot on French soil.
Posh Parisian History
- Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Picasso hung out at the home of Gertrude Stein, 27 rue de Fleurus. Gertrude was an American author and poet and part of the French literary salon in the 1920’s.
- Notre Dame Cathedral was restored by the City of Paris after Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame brought to light its disrepair.
- If you were a hipster in the olden days you would have frequented the Left Bank Café Les Deux Magots, a fave hangout for the literary, artsy and musical.
- In 1928 Ernest Hemingway stayed in Paris and chronicled his experience in notebooks that he stashed in the basement of the Ritz Hotel. 28 years later he returned and used them to write his Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast.
- Shakespeare & Company is a bookstore once owned by Sylvia Beach- the prolific book publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Apparently, at the time, she was the only one brave enough to publish this great novel.
Paris Books, movies and music to get you in the Mood
Paris Travel Guides
We tend to get really picky regarding what sites we will and will not trust with our vacations. Whether its a small trip over to Chicago or a worldwide expedition the best sites stay the same though sometimes are a little harder to find. Here are some of our go to sites with Paris Travel Guides to help you create the best Paris vacation.
Lark & Linen: A Day In Paris
Design Sponge: Paris City Guide
Travel & Leisure: Paris Travel Guide
AFAR: The AFAR Guide to Paris
Saveur : Paris Foodie Travel Guide
Airbnb: Paris Neighborhood Guide
Solli’s Lifestyle Paris Blog: Travel Tips
Tom and Sarah Bricker’s Guides to All Things Disney: Disneyland Paris
Top 10 Things to do in paris, france
- Eiffel Tower: 1889. Worlds Fair. Architectural Marvel.
- Arc de Triomphe: In honor of those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Stands at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle.
- Champs-Elysees: The most posh street in Paris. Dress up and be prepared to window shop. It’s a pricey and more sophisticated version of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
- Notre Dame de Paris: Backdrop for Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Classic French Gothic Architecture.
- Basilique Sacre-Coeur: This church is the highest point in the city in Montmartre in Paris. Post-French Revolution the design is inspired by the divide of classes and belief systems in France at the time.
- Louvre Museum: The worlds great masterpieces live here. Become a patron, become an archaeologist.
- Luxembourgh Gardens and Museum: 60 acres of gardens in the middle of Paris.
- Disneyland Paris: A gothic castle and Ratatouille.
- Chateau de Versailles: The most luxe palace and gardens ever, courtesy of King Louis XIV.
- Galeries Lafayette: A really amazing department store with a past.
Keep in mind this Top 10 List of Things to Do in Paris doesn’t even begin to include food! We plan on taking one of the many food tours to come up with our own list. Of course if you have any places to recommend let us know. Until then, happy planning!