there's something about having a little prior knowledge that allows you to really start to enjoy a city, and not just feel like a completely lost tourist.
a few weeks ago, i was lucky enough to make my third trip to the city of lights.
i was traveling with a friend who had never been before, so we started our long weekend with a bike tour throughout the city. we really enjoyed our tour guide and the tour itself. the group was small and we were able to see a lot of the city in a short amount of time. we even rode our bikes along the seine for a stretch and that was awesome!
we wandered a couple neighborhoods that i have a particular affinity for, the 3rd and the 6th.
we ate falafel from the place to eat falafel in paris.
|it was huge.|
we sat and watched the people. and their pets.
on our last day, i went to pere lachaise cemetery. there's always such great photographs to be taken in cemeteries. there are a handful of celebrity graves in this gigantic cemetery, so i used rick steves' paris guidebook and followed his walking tour. this kept my time in the cemetery under two hours.
|Oscar Wilde's tomb|
|composer Frederic Chopin is buried here|
|Jim Morrison's grave site, which is|
unfortunately completely fenced off to keep everyone from
climbing all over the graves
i cruised by the eiffel tower with hopes of catching some fall colors in the leaves, but it was just a bit too early.
i bought overpriced, but amazing, macarons.
we stayed here at a crazily discounted price. it's nice to have a sister in the hotel industry.
one memorable meal happened here in addition to the above mentioned falafel
paris...always perfection. do you have favorite things to do or places to eat? i'm always looking for recommendations! i'd love to hear from you!