Paris 2018 – Europe Part 2

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #notredame #cathedrals #paris #paristravelguide

this is part 2 of my europe trip. part 1 featured london, et voila, paris 2018.

i have to admit that this paris trip was pretty basic. my brother and i had never been before, and you really can’t miss the basics (ie notre dame, picture above!).

Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #vauxlevicomte #paris #paristravelguide

the one departure (from a sightseeing standpoint) from the usual landmarks was vaux-le-vicomte. it’s from the guy who did versailles, before he did versailles. it was super sprawling and well maintained and definitely felt beauty and the beast like, no matter how cliché that sounds (or the fact that the beauty and the beast castle was based off of this place).

View from the park of the Eiffel Tower. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #eiffeltower #toureiffel #paris #paristravelguide

i have to say that the eiffel tower was kind of underwhelming. idk. when you see things like the arc de triomphe, with all its details, then you see the eiffel tower, you can’t compare. it isn’t a slouch by any means but just doesn’t have that same level of intricacy. then again, i normally don’t spend my weekday lunches picnicking in the park next to the eiffel tower, so there’s that.

Sacre Coeur in Paris. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #sacrecoeur #cathedrals #paris #paristravelguide

sacre coeur was cool, mostly because it was on a hill and because it was free lol.

Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #paris #arcdetriomphe #france #paristravelguide

we had the chance to wander le champs elysees, which i feel like was set up by the song to be more magical than it really was (a really wide street with tons of shops). my enjoyment of this may have been squashed a tiny bit by how hot it was (which set off our daily afternoon coffee shop break habit at pret a manger). the arc de triomphe had me awestruck though, and more than made up for the overhyped champs elysees.

La Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant, aka Sleeping Beauty's Castle, in Paris Disneyland. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #disney #paristravelguide #disneylandparis #sleepingbeautycastle

major realization: i am a trashy american. why, you ask? disneyland paris was unequivocally one of the best parts of this trip. aside from their version of space mountain, which is a hybrid of the other space mountains + california screamin (in the way that they shoot you up the first hill), it’s not a ride-heavy theme park, but it is worthy of wandering into all the nooks and crannies. i’m going to hideaway there for a few days, please and thank you.

Macarons from Pierre Herme in Paris. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #macarons #pierreherme #paris #paristravelguide

prepare for an unpopular opinion: i was underwhelmed by pierre herme. their appearance isn’t enough to offset their lack of chew and surplus of sweetness, and i’d much rather have macarons from honey and butter or ‘lette.

Ice cream from Berthillion in Paris. Paris 2018 travel guide from Delicious Not Gorgeous. #icecream #paris #paristravelguide #berthillon

luckily, berthillon was delicious. the lemon basil and raspberry sorbets were fruity and tangy and refreshing, perfect for cutting through all that parisian heat.

other honorable food mentions not otherwise mentioned: anything from l’as du falafel, the coffee merveilleux (think a ball of coffee meringues and whipped cream) from aux merveilleux de fred, warm crusty baguettes from la maison plisson (tbh thought it was better than the popular boulangeries) and amorino (where you can buy ice cream roses that are as delicious as they are gorgeous).

1 year ago: rooster and rice (and 12 other restaurants i went to in sf) | oatmeal crisp cookies
2 years ago: corn and oyster mushroom zucchini pasta | miso pilaf with cucumber and grilled eggplant
3 years ago: holy shit toast | mediterranean quinoa salad
4 years ago: peanut butter chocolate chip waffles | tofu banh mi salad
5 years ago: choco-latte chip cookies | banana nut bread

more adventures before paris 2018

Cathedral Park, Spring Break 2017: Portland | Delicious Not Gorgeous

portland, oregon

sunset time at the congress ave bridge in austin while waiting for the bats

austin, texas

31 Replies to “Paris 2018 – Europe Part 2”

  1. I love Paris and anything Parisian – thanks for reminding me of Berthillon, and all of the delicious baguettes. Such simple ingredients create masterpieces! Sounds like a wonderful trip!

    1. i could live off of baguettes and all the bread! maybe my expectations were too high for certain boulangeries, but i enjoyed the no name ones so much more than the ones i had on my list.

  2. Beautiful photos. I’ve been to Paris twice, and I’ll probably not go back. To me, now that I’ve seen it, although one can never really see everything a big city has to offer on a week-long vacation, I’m now about villages, dirt roads, and no tourists. Everyone needs to see Paris. Why is the Eiffel Tower so cool?!!!

    1. totally get that! have you ever been to other parts of france outside of paris? i’d love to see the south!

  3. I love reading about your trip! Paris is on my bucket list and i hope to make it there someday. Looks like you got to visit some awesome spots and try some amazing food 🙂

    1. ahh hope you do! love how there’s endless things to eat and endless places to admire (:

  4. Haha of course you went to Disneyland! 🙂 The buildings and structures look really intricate and neat! I have to agree with you about the macarons, if there’s no chew then they are usually ‘meh’ to me too. At least you can find yummier ones closer to home!

    1. HAHAH yes ofc i made time for paris disney (and i’m so glad i did). maybe parisian macarons are more authentic and they’re not supposed to be as chewy as the ones i’m used to?! idk.

  5. Loving this post 🙂 I’ve been to Paris but that means nothings. I can’t wait to go back. I love all the parks and architecture. I would go to Disneyland too!!! What a great trip.

    1. ahh you’ll have to go back! the architecture feels so distinct and i could walk around and gawk for days.

  6. Paris is one of our favorite cities, we just love it there 😀
    We miss that stunning pastry though :p
    Hope you had an amazing time there!

    With love and sunshine,
    Patricia & Miguel

    1. yes, the pastries were so great! definitely didn’t have enough during this trip so next time i go, i’m skipping lunch and only eating pastries (;

  7. Aaaaw Paris… my city! Such a beautiful hommage, I love your pictures 🙂
    It’s a real pleasure to read your article…

  8. Paris is such a beautiful city, it looks like you chose a great time to go!

    1. it was a little warm but so nice! i can only imagine how magical it would be during the winter (:

  9. Beautiful pictures! I’m sooooo jealous! 🙂 At least you got to go my lovely friend!

    1. thanks kim! you’ll have to make your way there soon (;

  10. I love reading about your trips. It feels like I’m getting a personally guided and honest tour. Your Paris trip looks wonderful! Disneyland would probably be my favorite too! 😄

    1. aww thanks thao! that disney park was so nice, and it’s definitely calmer and quieter than the us parks!

  11. Love the views you and your family had! You’re not kidding about the vaus-le-vicomte looking like beauty and the best’s castle. Glad you enjoyed Disneyland Paris! I need to get my butt over there, haha.

    Nancy ♥

    1. yes i loved the vaux-le-vicompte grounds!! ahh yes- i think you’d love disney paris, and it’s a nice change from disneyland. tokyo disney sea is definitely next on my list (but cooling down for a bit since i’ve done enough disney this year lol).

  12. I disagree with you about the Eiffel Tower – it is an amazing engineering accomplishment and I could not believe the magnitude of it. I love Laduree the most for macarons 🙂

    1. the size was impressive! maybe i need to go at night – i’m sure all those twinkling lights don’t hurt (;

  13. Sounds like you had an amazing trip Heather! I’m sure that the pictures don’t do justice. Hope I can get there soon:)

    1. thanks maria! and oh, the pictures definitely aren’t the same as being there- there’s so many details i missed on my camera (:

  14. I only have amazing memories of Paris. And I am pumped I get to make more in my future because Landon has never been, which means, WE MUST go back! 🙂

    1. ahhh you must! maybe once your child grows up a little bit though (;

  15. So awesome that you got to visit Paris and see all its beauty! Wonderful travel diary!

    1. thanks radi! it’s so gorgeous there.

  16. I love Paris so much! I’ve been twice and I’m longing to go back, it’s so unique. I’m so glad you got to visit!

    1. ahh you’ll have to go back! i’m sure it changes so much that there’s always something new to see and taste.

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