Paris en Juillet

Paris in July – or more accurately for the Ravenous Reader, in October, for that is when my husband and I will be making our very first trip to the City of Light.

Thanks to the generosity of some very dear friends, we’ll be spending a week  at the Marriott Vacation Club in the village of Bailly-Romainvilliers, about 30 km outside the city. 

What are some of the things I’m looking forward to? 

Savoring coffee and pastry at a sidewalk cafe and watching the people go by.

Wandering along the banks of the Seine in the twilight.

Sipping wine at a corner Bistro.

Strolling through the galleries and seeing some of my favorite Impressionists paintings.

Walking under the L’Arc de Triomphe and surveying the city from the top of Le Tour Eiffel.

Lighting a candle in the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.

Picking up a souvenir book (en Francais!) or two at Shakespeare & Company.

The Paris in July event, hosted by Thyme for Tea is the perfect way to enhance my enthusiasm even more.  

If you’ve been to Paris, or are a native of the city, what are some other things a first time traveler must see and do?

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11 thoughts on “Paris en Juillet

  1. No way! You’re going so soon! I’m very, very happy for you. I’ll think of things for you to do, but really, the best is to explore it for yourself. However, can you make a reservation at the Jules Vernes restaurant at the top of the Tour Eiffel? It is very worth it, if there’s an availability. Yet, one can never go wrong in Paris. No matter what you do, where you go, what you eat, you will love it. Beaucoup!

    • You’re the second person to tell me about the Jules Verne restaurant – I had no idea there was such a thing!

      Although I don’t wear perfume ~ allergies ;( ~ the Guerlain shop sounds divine.

  2. Another thought: I don’t know if you’re a perfume addict as I am (probably not!) but I alway regret not going into the Guerlain shop. It would be so worth it to look around, catch a scent, have them recommend one for you. Even if you don’t buy it. Of course, we have Guerlain counters in the states, but they’re nothing like the real deal over there. Pas du tout!

  3. My husband and I go every year….we were just there this past February. Believe it or not, I’m not a huge fan of Shakespeare & Co. It was great to visit once, but when I buy books in Paris, I go to the San Francisco Book Co. on 17, rue Monsieur-le-Prin. They have used books and a good selection. Also we like Village Voice Books, at 6, rue Princesse….that’s where I go for titles that are published way in advance of what we get here in the US.

    While the Louvre is a must, find a good guide book (Rick Steves is probably the best) that gives you explicit directions on what to pare it down to….if you want to see everything there, you’d be in that danged museum for a month, LOL. The Musee d’Orsay is, in my opinion, the very best museum in Paris.

    Let’s see….get a museum pass when you get there, they are worth every penny. Also get a pass and a good map of the metro – it’s so easy to everywhere in Paris that way.

    Down by Notre Dame is the Sainte-Chapelle cathedral (it’s covered by the museum pass, too)…go inside and you’ll see a gift shop area. But turn to your immediate left and you’ll see a set of stairs. Go up there and prepare to be absolutely speechless.

    If you can squeeze in a free day, take the train out to Versailles. There’s nothing that compares. The palace itself will likely be overcrowded this time of year, so if you can’t stand huge crowds, just buy a ticket (it may be covered under the museum pass, I don’t recall off the top of my head) to see the gardens. There’s nothing like them in the world and it’s an easy, easy day trip from Paris (only takes 20-30 minutes to get there).

    Have a fabulous time!

    If you get to L’Arc de Triomphe I highly recommend putting on your comfy shoes and walking the stairs to the top….it’s view more than rivals any other in Paris.

    • Michelle, thanks for ALL the good advice 🙂 Those museum passes are great – we did a similar thing with National Trust properties in England, and it was well worth it.

  4. I’ve visited Paris a whopping three times, but it was only on the last visit (i.e., the one not bound by a student-sized budget) that I felt I got to “know” her in any way. Museum pass is a MUST for all of the reasons mentioned above. Yes, the view from the top of the Arc d’Triomphe is most definitely worth it! A stroll down the Tuilieries to the Orangerie is required if you are a Monet fan (it reopened 3-4 years ago and is home to the Water Lilies). Also enjoyed Victor Hugo’s house/museum in the Marais (Place des Voges, one of the most gorgeous squares anywhere)…sigh…

  5. Go see the Eiffel Tower at night. It is beautiful watching the colors change at dusk and at 9 o’clock they turn on the lights. Be prepared for long lines at Notre Dame. Versailles is great also, beautiful gardens. Lines there too. Don’t miss the Latin Quarter, near Notre Dame. There are also booksellers here. The Seine walk is also great fun. They have misters when it is hot, a beach and lot’s of “acts” to see. Have a wonderful time!!!!

  6. Sacre Couer (sp?) is a must as is Montmarte behind it. Some great outdoor cafes there to have your wine (with checkered tableclothes and everything!). Montmarte has artists that have set up booths and easels and do amazing portraits and landscapes. It’s just a lot of fun to wander and look. I’m jealous! 🙂 Have a great time.

  7. Such luck! Such luck! I envy you too much! Everyone is going anywhere here and there and I’m left here waiting for the rain to fall. Take care dear Becca! Explore and leave no place for regrets!

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