You're off to Paris! So little time & so much to do!
If you have only 5 days and want to experience the city in all its Parisian glory with a dash of art and history, and an extra sprinkle of photo opps that are hashtag goals then this is the list for you! I've teamed up with Lufthansa to help you see all the most instagrammable sights and spots I could find. So pack your bags, hop on a flight to Europe with Lufthansa, and prepare for the best week! <3
DAY ONE: I checked into the Ritz at Place Vendome. Okay, okay. I know this is a pricey option, but it was wayyy at the top of my bucket list! My best advice: if you can float just one night there, DO IT. The Ritz Paris is life changing. On day one we explored the hotel (yes, it's that big!), had afternoon tea in the garden, went to the Chanel spa and swimming pool, and took a catnap before heading to the Hemingway Bar for a late bite.
After my stay here, I switched to the also beautiful and less expensive Hotel Regina by the Louvre. (More pics on that later!)
Hotel Tip: Spend a late night at Ernest Hemingway's speakeasy bar inside the hotel and grab some "Hem Burgers"..little sliders named after the author himself!
DAY TWO & THREE: What exactly do instagrammers do on vacation? Take photos!!! My day two in two words: macarons and the eiffel tower. We walked all the way from our hotel (trust me, it was a long way haha) wandering down streets to see if there were any cute buildings or sights to photograph. If you don't crave a big lunch, snack on macarons & crepes (my fave is the nutella with strawberry!) so you can use up more of your daylight hours seeing the city!
Photo Tip: To get the eiffel tower to look like this, stalk out a spot close to a pillar or the corner of a stairwell where it's easy for the spot to clear. There are SO many people that you'll likely have to wait for someone to leave! Good news is a lot of these people are tourists too so they get it. Pics or it didn't happen, right? ;)
Le Bonaparte is located in St. Germain, right around the corner from L'Entrecote. Go here for dinner one night! They only serve one meal (steak frites in a mysterious glorious secret sauce with wine and bread), BUT you'll know it's a local favorite by how long the line is.
For my Chanel lovers, that big blue Chanel door is located right across from the Ritz at the Place Vendome.
DAY FOUR: Versailles! I studied art history in college so going to Versailles is always at the top of my list. We waited for the sunniest day to head out there, but it also happened to be a Tuesday on which you can buy a ticket for the musical garden and fountain shows. Throughout the day, the old sculpture fountains go off and music is played through speakers while you walk the gardens. It really is an experience!
I'm going to have a whole separate post on Versailles, L'Orangerie, & the Petit Trianon so stay tuned! For now, here's a picture of L'Orangerie with my bag and my mom's bag :).
DAY FIVE: After museums early in the morning to beat the crowds, we went to Chanel to do some shopping. Go to the Rue Cambon location (with the mirrored stairwell where Chanel herself lived!). Then on to late afternoon tea aka dinner at the Hotel Bristol. On the walk back to our hotel, I went out and bought some flowers, champagne, pastries, & baguettes for a little picnic on the room balcony!
Photo Tip: For all aspiring instagrammers out there: to make these insta-goals pictures, go out and collect the props you'll need. I keep a mental note of the types of pictures I want to be taking and make sure to gather the items along the way. These pictures don't happen by accident! It's all curated for the feed.
In this picture, I'm in my other hotel room at the Hotel Regina. When staying here, ask for a room on the second floor with a garden facing corner window! That way you get a view of the Eiffel Tower right from your window. Watching it sparkle at night is an absolute dream and a perfect way to end your last night in Paris from the comfort of your own bed.
Now off to jetset onto the next leg of the trip: Munich, Germany!
Thank you to Lufthansa USA for sponsoring this post.