Paris Glam Travel Guide

Paris Glam Travel Guide

Hey Glam Dolls! Chances are you clicked on this link because you are planning to travel to Paris soon and need tips on what to do, where to stay and where to eat. Well, you’ve come to the right place because I am going to share all of my little tidbits. My first time in Paris was October 2017 for my honeymoon. I L O V E D it so much my husband and I decided to go back for our 1 year anniversary. There is just something about the atmosphere in Paris that breeds love and romance. People like to say that it is a dirty city and the locals are not friendly but that wasn’t my experience at all! I don’t know what part of Paris these people were in but after one trip I was ready to relocate my whole life to Paris.

HOW TO GET THERE

If you like good deals and hate to pay full price for anything I recommend stalking travel sites. Escape Houston is one of my favorites (picture below) This site constantly post low fares from Houston. They also have flights from other cities if you choose that option. You must be prepared to purchase quick or you run the risk of losing the deal. The travel deals stay on the site anywhere from a few days to a few hours. We were able to snag a direct flight from Houston to Paris for $400 each. Other sites such as priceline and skip lag have great deals as well. We landed at Charles de Gaulle airport and took a Taxi to our hotel. The taxi was a 50$ flat rate to anywhere in Paris. If you are wanting to be more adventurous there are many high speed trains that route into Paris for around $15-30 per person. Typically they come into Gare de l’Est, Gare du Nord, or Gare de Lyon.

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HOW TO GET AROUND:

When it came to getting around Paris we opted for a variety of different methods such as uber, trains and walking… but mostly uber. Yes girl! Paris has uber and the prices are very reasonable considering that we chose to hang out in spots that were relatively close by. The average price for each uber ride was $7-$10 and there is also uber pool which will give you an even lower rate between $5-$7. We also walked ALOOOT! Paris is a walking city. WEAR. COMFORTABLE. SHOES. Seriously, your feet will thank me later. One adventurous day my iPhone pedometer tracked 19,000 steps! With that being said if you don’t remember anything else from this blog post remember that Glam Girl Ash told you to bring your walking shoes!

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WHERE TO STAY

We stayed at two different hotels during our trip. The reason for doing so is we wanted to experience staying in different areas of Paris AND we couldn’t decide on just one.

Les Bains

The first hotel was Les Bains. Click here to go to their web site and view the pictures. We chose this hotel because it is young, hip and chic. If you are staying at this hotel during the weekend prepare to turn up. There is a super posh club on the bottom floor with a pool and a DJ in the retaurant… Balmain recently had his party here. For your husbae they have their own signature cologne and after shave that smells AMAZING. I love the minor details! They supply the after shave during your stay the cologne must be purchased. It’s worth it (in my opinion). The hotel was recently remodeled and the rooms are larger than most European style rooms. If you have ever traveled to Europe (or even New York) you know what I mean. I am a person who likes to spread out and roll around if I want to. I need space.

Room at Les Bain (from website)

Room at Les Bain (from website)

Bar and restaurant at Les Bains

Bar and restaurant at Les Bains

Hotel Bowmann

The second hotel was Hotel Bowmann. Click here to visit their site and pictures. Hotel Bowmann is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris which is a chic neighborhood close to the Champs Elysee’s and Arc de Triomphe with lots of high end retail. This is a brand new hotel but you still get the historic Paris feel. We were the first people to ever stay in our room. The decor and intricate details made me feel like I was staying in Versailles or Napoleons apartment. There is lots of marble, gold and deep rich red colors. The perfect backdrop for your photos. There is also a roof top deck with breath taking views of all of Paris. My husbands favorite was the spa area which consisted of a huge indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. This is the perfect hotel to stay if you want to be close to shopping, site seeing and restaurants.

Front view Hotel Bowmann

Front view Hotel Bowmann

Lobby Hotel Bowmann

Lobby Hotel Bowmann

Hotel Bowmann Room

Hotel Bowmann Room

Hotel Bowmann breakfast on balcony

Hotel Bowmann breakfast on balcony

WHERE TO EAT

Don’t go to Paris if you are on a low carb diet! I had to learn this the hard way. Paris is known for their delicious, magnificent pastries and bread. As you are walking around site seeing, taking in all the beauty of Paris you will begin to notice that there is a pastry shop literally on every corner. How do you choose which one to try? Go to all of them! Just kiddin! Please don’t go to Paris and gain 20 lbs and diabetes. We asked our hotel concierge who was amazing where we should eat and we also did alot of research on yelp

Day Time Eats:

La Pepiniere, Laudre, L’avenue

Laudre located by Champs Elysee

Laudre located by Champs Elysee

Brunch at La Pepiniere

Brunch at La Pepiniere

L’avenue

L’avenue

Night Time Eats:

Pink Momma, Cafe De L’Homme, Monsieur Bleu, Buddha Bar

Pink Momma

is a hidden gem. It is a four story building with great dining, drinks and a club. It is in a young hip part of town where you can bar hop all night. Be prepared to wait for a table for a few hours though. They don’t take advanced reservations. What most people do is show up put their name on the list and bar hop until they are called. But its worth the wait. The drinks taste good and they are strong! The menu options are great! Also, there is a hidden lounge in their meat locker! I know it sounds crazy but the vibe is so chill and posh.

Meat Locker lounge at Pink Mama

Meat Locker lounge at Pink Mama

Cafe De L’homme and Monsieur Blue

both have amazing views of the Eiffel Tower they are the perfect spots for a romantic intimate dinner.

Buddha Bar

is a cool vibe with great food. Try the sushi you won’t be disappointed.

WHAT TO DO:

The Louvre, Palais Ganiere, Disney Land, Veuve Clicquot , Gallarie Lafayette , Eiffel Tower, Versailles,

The Louvre

is the worlds largest art museum and historic monument in Paris. It is where the Mona Lisa and Napoleons apartments are located. My advice is to purchase your tickets online and get there early. Also make sure you reserve a headset for the audio guided tour. This definitely came in handy because they run out quick and without one you are kinda just wondering around aimlessly. You will need almost a full day to view everything!

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Palais Garnier

is one of my favorites. It is the most famous opera house in the world. It is opulent, magnificent and magical! We visited during the day and tickets were around 10-15$. If you are going for an actual opera or ballet be prepared to dress in formal attire. Dress to the nines honey because Paris is super bougie. Okuurt?!

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Disney Land

The most magical place on earth! Disney Land in Paris was a fun experience, Ive never been to the one in Florida or California so I have nothing to compare it to. All I can tell you is that I felt like a 10 year old little girl in a magical land. We took a train to get there and it was only 15$ round trip and very easy to ride. Disney is the last stop on the train and when you exit the park is literally infront of you, YOU CANT miss it! The only down side was the food choices. I was craving funnel cakes and hot dogs. You won’t get that here.

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The Veuve Clicquot Museum

was an educational experience. I love this champagne and found the origins to be very interesting. To get here we had to take an 1 hour train ride To Reims, France from there we took a 10 min uber to the museum. The tour lasted about an hour and afterwards they gave us two glasses of champagne. Here is my honest opinion…. the tour got a little boring… I am all about the history and culture BUT I was expecting to be served champagne throughout the tour, which would have made it ALOT more fun… but. no. They made us wait till the end. BUMMER.

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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris. It is said to be to most popular structure in the entire world! The view from the very top is a MUST. Let me warn you. The lines are long and it took us two hours to get to the top so plan your day accordingly! Luckily for us, we weren’t in a rush and enjoyed spending the time together so the two hours wasn’t a big deal. There are hundreds of people coming and going the entire day wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket because it get very cold at the top.

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Views from the top

Views from the top

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