I think there’s hardly a city portrayed more on Social Media than Paris: glitter eiffel tower snaps, flashy Dior store fronts or green chairs at Tuileries. Even if you’ve never been there, you could probably name a hundred more images that are oh so typical for the French capital. However, my feeling of Paris was slightly afflicted by the one and only time I had visited the city: around 12 years ago on a winter school trip. All I remember was cold wind, long queues and boring museums (teenagers just have no appreciation, right? 😉 ).
So it was beyond time to overwrite my underwhelming Paris memories with new beautiful experiences.
Getting to Paris
And so, Nik and me took a train from Erlangen to Paris early Friday morning. Even though the train takes about 7 hours, the whole package in terms of price, comfort and environmental aspects convinced us. Plus, I prepared the best healthy lunch package that was ever seen on a TGV 😉
Once we arrived and took an Uber to our hotel, I was watching the streets with heart shaped eyes – I guess we all know the emoji 😉 The drive from Gare de l’Est to our hotel basically felt like a private guided city tour and got me all set for that parisienne vibe.
Where to stay in Paris in 2019 – Hotel Flanelles
With all the travels that we do, Nik and me are getting more and more into the taste of choosing tailored, smaller boutique hotels. Their vibe is so intimate and gives us the real feel of a home away from home. Just as the one we were staying at in Paris – Hotel Flanelles.
Staying at Hotel Flanelles felt like a sleepover at your friends’ place – the kind of friends that have super chic taste, don’t mind spoiling you with a yum breakfast every morning, let you mix cocktails in their bar every evening and have every attention to detail.
Overall, the hotel and its young, professional and super caring stuff added up to making this trip so beautiful and 100 % parisienne – and we did not at all mind the heavy rain in Paris during this weekend as it gave us even more legitimacy to hide in our cozy, chic yet relaxed room 🙂
Plus, Hotel Flanelles was our ideal starting point to discover Paris by foot as it’s just around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées, literally few steps away.
How we love to travel and what apps we use
There is something about the way we love to travel that makes other people shake their heads in disbelief:
“What do you mean you weren’t inside any museums or churches?”
Yep, neither in Rome nor in Paris. When it comes to city trips, we’d always choose inhaling the city’s vibe over extensive sightseeing. And for us that means walking. Walking A LOT. And having food in between. And watching other people. And taking some photos, duh 😉
I honestly think Paris is the best city in terms of walking around without a big plan because you will basically stumble on all kinds of sights/gardens/monuments/cool stores just by happily getting lost.
And when it comes to giving your discovery by foot a bit of a structure, my favorite travel app steps in: Mapstr (never got paid to recommend that to you by the way, even if the frequency of me showing this app might get you speculating 😉 ).
So, before every trip I collect sights, photo spots and (most important obviously) restaurants and mark them all in Mapstr. The cool thing is you can create individual lists and tags which makes structuring so easy and fun. And once you’re walking around, getting lost at the destination of your dreams you can just check your current location and see immediately what food spots are around you. Lifechanger, right? 😉
Paris Food Guide & Paris Photo Spots
I bet you’re now just as keen as me to go (back) to Paris, am I right? So, down below I got all your and my best tipps: a little Paris food guide and all those cute Paris photo spots that need to be on your list.
Bien s’amuser 😉 xx, Jecky