Being in Paris, you can’t miss the exciting colorful neighborhood of The Marais; reminded me of the East Village, New York City, with talented artists and one of a kind shops. In the vicinity, you must stop for lunch at my all-time favorite classic place, Mariages Frères
, which offers more than 400 different teas, ranging from Cameron Highland, Malaysia to Darjeerling Mountains of India.
Mariage Frères at Marais
In between the visits to incredible museums, a few afternoon delights that one should not missed. The well-known pastry shop le Nôtre
where you can find succulent kouglof. Or stop by your local fromagerie and have a picnic with a slice of Poilâne
, a famous bread manufacturer who bake his bread like an old tradition. During my visits, I enjoyed the lively restaurant Chez Omar; if you like Moroccan food, they make succulent lamb shanks, great tagine and couscous.
If you have a sweet tooth, Berthillon at L'ile St Louis
is one of the must-vist Parisian spots for great gelato and a stroll around the charming island.
If you want to travel beyond Paris, there are many excursions within a day’s trip. Some of my favorites:
- Versailles's glass palace and his beautiful gardens, where Marie Antoinette resided.
Marie-antoinette at Versailles
- La Normandie - walk on the beaches of Deauville and lunch at restaurant Les Vapeurs in Trouville.
- Other well known places such as the house of Jean Monet in Giverny.You can visit the garden which inspired him for his famous paintings.
- If you like wine, do visit the beautiful wine road with region like Val de Loire and the castle of Tourraine, only at 1 hour from Paris by train, with its enormous chateaux.
- One can also take a break in Bourgogne to taste Macon wine. One of the most famous roads is Champagne, near Reims, which is only 45 min by train.