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!).
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).
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 was cool, mostly because it was on a hill and because it was free lol.
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.
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.
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.
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