Paris Travel Tips

paris travel tips
Concorde Square

 

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Saint Germain! Just like a lipstick 🙂

 

I’m so glad I made the effort of taking my heavy camera to Paris- it was so worth it! This city is bursting with history and pretty views at every corner, and I was snapping away as we walked. We didn’t stay in Paris for long, but we stayed for long enough for me to learn a few lessons. Maybe if you are also planning a short trip to Paris, you will find these few tips helpful.

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Pretty Parisian art

 

Pack good shoes– This seems like the most obvious one, and I thought I had it covered when I packed my flats. After about an hour of walking, they started to cause blisters and two hours in I could barely walk. We ended up going into H&M and buying me new sandals! Take something trusty like a pair of Nikes- pack those heels in a bag if you want to take photos, your feet will thank you later.

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One of the pretty Parisian streets

 

The Eiffel Tower is a must see, but there is no need to go up it– Yes the view form the top is beautiful, but with it being the most visited tourist attraction in Paris, you will stand in a que for the whole day. Rather pack a picnic basket and lie around on Champs de Mars.

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The beauty!

 

Paris is meant for walking- I know its tempting to catch a taxi or take the subway, but let me tell you, the Parisian subway is one of the most complicated systems I have seen! I am very used to riding the tube, and know my way around a map, but the Paris one just didn’t make much sense. We walked all the way from the Arc De Triomphe, down Champs Elysees, past the Concorde, to the Louvre, down to the Notre Dame and back. My feet were killing me, but look at these views!

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Arc de Carrousel

 

paris travel tips

paris travel tips
The legendary Louvre

 

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Notre Dame De Paris

 

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Arc De Triomphe

 

Skip The Moulin Rouge– I knew this one from my friends that visited Paris. Firstly its super expensive to see the show- starting from 150 euros per person(with dinner). But I still wanted to see the Red Mill, so I dragged my mom there. The district is full of sex shops, which I suppose makes sense, but not what I wanted to see. But if you are into that sort of thing, go for it ;).

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French food is the way– I have a rule, that no matter which country I go to, I have to eat local food as much as I can! It can be tempting to just go into a well-known franchise, and order the old faithful, but come on, you have to enjoy the local food! Paris is full of little cafes, and no matter which one we stepped in, the food was amazing. I had French Onion Soup and snails for lunch the one day, and it was delicious.

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Download or take a translator with you– I know this might sound silly, but France was the first country that I visited that wasn’t either half-English, or a language that I didn’t understand. I obviously speak Russian and Ukrainian, and even though those countries are not English friendly, I have always known the language and found it easy. The UAE and Turkey are also well-equipped for the English speaker. But Paris was a whole different story. We struggled to find our way around everything, so grab a translator before you head there.

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Pastries, pastries,pastries– You have got to try some sort of French dessert. Laduree was a big must-visit for me, and we visited the one on Champs Elysees- it was delicious. I also heard that Angelina’s is also pretty amazing, and that’s right outside the Louvre. Even the Pain Au Raisin in Paul(which is available almost everywhere) was amazing. I might have gained an extra 2kgs, but it was worth it.

Laduree on Champs Elysees
Laduree on Champs Elysees
Yummy!
yummy!

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It is a must see– I have always known this, but didn’t realise just how beautiful Paris is, until I saw it in person. There is a reason so many books,poems and movies are written and directed about this city, it’s because it really is, the city of dreams. I can’t wait to be back!

Shopping on Champs Elysees
Shopping on Champs Elysees

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18 Comments

  • Reply Ella Gouws June 25, 2015 at 7:17 am

    O I wish I was there! It looks amazing – so jealous!

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Make it a must-see on your bucket list!:)

  • Reply Beauty Candy Loves June 25, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Ah so jealous!! Would love to visit Paris some day

    CANDICE | BEAUTY CANDY LOVES

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 9:58 am

      It is a must-see!

  • Reply Telma June 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    such great tips hun! I am going in Aug and this just helped tons. I difinetely want to go to Torre Eiffel but was in doubt whether its necessary to go up or not hehehee but ya I am heeps excited wohoooo

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Enjoy it!:) I would go over and over again! Pack some good shoes and make sure to see the city by walking, its the best:)

      • Reply Telma September 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

        Hi Irina, I just got back and I am sooooo stunned. we really enjoyed ourselves.. the city is fantastic we first took a tour bus around and felt like we rushed through all the tourist attractions so we decided to walk and it was so much fun, the weather was sweet… I just wanna go back over and over cant get enough lol.. Check out my instagram for some of the shots we took @telma_glammedupme 🙂
        #loveparis

  • Reply Thembi Ntsume June 25, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Ohhhh WoW….Beauiful pics Irina!!!!!

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thank you xxxx

  • Reply Cassidy Taylor-Memmory June 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Amazing photos friend! Dying to go there – looks so beautiful <3

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Best Bitches Take Paris!:)

  • Reply Olivia June 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

    What a beautiful City! I’ve heard that it really isn’t English-friendly and one must earn the basic phrases and take a little translation book along! Lovely pics!:-)

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thanks so much for reading!:)

  • Reply Charlene (Gee Whiskers) June 29, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Stunning post! Love all the photos

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thank you xxxx

  • Reply fayinthemaze June 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Dying! my heart aches for this city

    • Reply Irina Doman July 24, 2015 at 10:02 am

      As did mine 🙂 Dream come true!

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