As first timer, I thought it would be a good idea to stay in proximity to the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower which led me to a little hotel with a chic lobby on Avenue Kléber, Hotel Balitmore. Above everything else, I desperately wanted a room with a balcony view, and to my surprise..ta-da!
First day in a new city and not sure what to do in your jet-lagged haze? Take a walk and look up!
And you might just make your way to the Tuileries Gardens just outside the Louvre.
Do not pass up the opportunity to go shopping!
The designer goods have so much more selection than American stores and cost much less after tax refund and current euro conversion.
When at the Eiffel Tower, don't bother going down the (many) steps and save yourself the energy and frustration in the corwds. The best pictures are taken from far away!
Set aside a day to travel out to Versailles. It's only 20 minutes by train.
And see L'orangerie in the gardens way over to the left as you enter.
Pause to look at the views rather than rushing through to see the entire thing.
Have tea one afternoon at The Four Seasons
And visit the Ile de la Cité, the old part of Paris where you'll find corner cafés, little shops, and dreamy doorwatys like this one.
Will definitely have a separate post about my visit to Versailles in the coming week!