Paris is a fantastic travel destination for anybody and at any time of the year. This city is always ready to surprise you with its magnificent romantics charm, and it's never ending architectural landscape, that will follow you everywhere you go.
Where ever you go, there will always be a place around the corner where you can have a cup of coffee. Parisians love to spend time sitting outside and sipping on espresso (I also noticed that they are huge lovers of smoking). I guess that's a part of the culture. What surprised me was that there is a pharmacy on every street. I am serious; I have never seen so many stores is my life as I saw in one week in Paris.
Overall as an English speaking tourist, there are no problems in communicating with locals on a basic level. I was very grateful for one Parisian man guiding me all the way down from the metro station to the bus stop and waited with me together after I went the wrong direction on a metro. Not many people are happy to spend their 20 minutes of their life at 22:30 in the evening with a complete stranger, right? After that he gave me his email address, can't even image why (wasn't me) and the funniest part of this situation was that he could say 0 words in English, and I 0 words in French. But somehow we understood each other, and I got to the right place afterward.
So even though Parisians are not fantastic with their English skills they are very kind and helpful. When I travel, I love to use AirBnB, as this is always a much cheaper and more comfortable option than a hotel room, when you stay in the city for more than 2 days. For my Paris this I found a nice room to rent on AirBnB for a week just next to the Eiffel Tower for 350 euros (Tax and AirBnB fees inclusive). I was very happy or lucky (?) with a fantastic family I stayed with. I stayed in 4 room flat with a view of the Eiffel Tower with a very kind and lovely Patricia (mom), Eric(dad) and their 16-year-old daughter. The room I occupied for a week belonged to their 20-year-old son, who was now living in a different city outside the Paris.
These are the places I recommend to visit:
- Louis Vuitton Foundation
- Eiffel Tower
- Louvre Museum
- La Défense
- Moulin Rouge
- Boat Ride on a cannel
- Les Invalides
- Musée de l'Armée
- Notre Dame (Sunday 5PM ceremony)
- Arc de Triomphe
- Tuileries Garden
- Champ de Mars
These best shopping place:
- If you are planning od doing a shopping I highly recommend to free up 1 day specifically for it and take a metro and go to La Vallee Village. It will take approximately from 40min to 1hour to get there from city centre. Btw it is one stop away from Disneyland. There are all the knows brands for fantastic prices. I really enjoyed and took an advantage od great prices.
These are the vegan food places:
To start with - I really did not enjoyed to be a vegan in Paris. Honestly, nothing did not really wowed me. Mostly cheat-meal, junkie type food options.
This is what I did.
- I was eating porridge with nuts at home and usually had one more meal somewhere outside and bought some healthy snacks in the Natural/Bio/Organic shops.
- Pre A Manager (they have some vegan options, I just love it after going there for couple of years in London). They have nice creamy soups and falafel wraps. Fruits. Organic Coffee.
- I vent once to Vegan Hank burger place. Vegan junk food. It was ok, depends if you like burgers.Personally me - not.
- Some shops have an orange stands where you can get freshly squeezed 1l of juice for 3.99. Loved this.