Paris

While scrolling through these images I need you to imagine Paris in the boiling heat, because that's exactly what it was like during our 4 days in the city. It was magical, but really hot.
This is a photojournalistic view of Paris through my eyes, I hope you enjoy. As a recommendation 4 days is definitely a perfect amount of time to view Paris. We walked about 12 miles a day, which should be your goal when you go to Paris (perhaps reduce that to 5 miles/a day if you come in the winter). Walking truly is the best way to explore any city, we learned that quickly this summer. Exploring a city by foot lets you see far more than any walking tour/hop on, hop off bus will ever get you. Just walk, OK? :)

Here are our recommendations of places to go while in Paris -
- Ó Chateau was our favorite restaurant that we stumbled upon and went to two nights in a row. The service is great and the food is superb and not too pricey. We ordered Foie Gras both nights, and I still dream about how good that meal was.
- Explore Montmarte! Such a beautiful area, it can get a little touristy but if you give yourself time to wander you can explore streets that are off the beaten path.
- Don't go to the Eiffel Tower, just view it from afar at night when it sparkles. Unless you love touristy things and crowds, then GO!
- If you are a Midnight in Paris fan, do your own self-guided tour of the film locations. You can just google where to go. :)
- Buy Macarons from Ladurée. It's expensive, but truly the best macarons you'll ever have.
- EAT all the pastries, croissants, bread, crepes you can find!! YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.
- Find a Franprix supermarket (they are everywhere) and buy freshly made OJ for real cheap.
- Go to Luxembourg Gardens at sunset, bring a good book and a bottle of wine and read at the many chairs that are available. Luxembourg Gardens is a beautiful garden oasis right in the city.
- GO to Versailles and pay extra to get the fast pass and skip the lines. Whatever it costs for that fast pass it's really worth skipping the lines. Take it from someone who didn't do that and waited in line for 3.5 hours to get in. Versailles is absolutely worth the trip and make sure to commit a full day to exploring the castle and gardens. 

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