Friends Do France, Part 1 – Paris

France is a foodie paradise. I recently went on a blissful 9-day trip there with one of my all-time best friends, Jackie. The reason for our trip? Celebrating our beautiful friendship and celebrating her success in completing medical school and matching with a surgery residency program. Go Jackie go!

Jackie at her med school graduation! I AM SO PROUD OF THIS WOMAN.

Since our trip was so long and filled with exorbitant amounts of food, wine, and fun, I’m going to break up our trip into multiple parts! Starting, of course, with Paris!

Day 1: Paris

We were tired, we were hungry, and we were DETERMINED. Our first mission: eat delicious food.

…Which obviously meant a detour for our first sighting of the Eiffel Tower, which is actually really stunning.

Our first sighting of the Eiffel Tower.

Okay, THEN food.

The first restaurant of our time in France was this adorable little place not far from the tower. The waiter didn’t speak much English, but between our elementary French and his English we ended up ordering Riesling to drink (YUM), a tasty starter of a salad with Dijon mustard dressing served with baguette and melted goat cheese, and an entree featuring sausage served in a delicious sauce with mashed potatoes. Needless to say, we went from famished to full in that hour and a half lunch.

The salad with goat cheese melted on the baguette.
Sausage and mashed potatoes. YUM!

Then began sightseeing! We went to Musee Rodin (Augustus Rodin made the famous “Thinker” sculpture), Tuileries Gardens, and The Louvre. We rounded out our day by buying a picnic dinner and dining in the park beside the Eiffel Tower. It was a picturesque day!

The Thinker at Musee Rodin
Jackie and I at the Louvre!
Us in the gardens!
Our picnic! Nothing like cheese, bread, charcuterie and wine!

Day 2: Paris

We jumped right into sightseeing this morning. We started at the Catacombes de Paris, which unlike the catacombes in Rome, were very orderly and structured. We really enjoyed this experience.

In the Catacombes!
Yepp. Those are bones.

Then, we traveled to the Latin Quarter, which is famous for food. We went to the oldest cafe in the Latin Quarter, Le Procope, which has been functioning as a cafe since 1686. Holy smokes, was this place the jackpot of restaurants.

As one does, we began with wine. Then we proceeded with a 3 course meal: ravioli that just about melted in my mouth, a savory flank steak with baby potatoes, and creme brulee for dessert!

The ravioli I wish I could eat every day.
Flank steak with herb butter and baby potatoes.
My tasty creme brulee!

After food, sightseeing continued. Notre Dame (worth the wait to climb, by the way!) took me back a few hundred years. I got to see the bell towers, the STUNNING chapel, and I left wishing I could take a gargoyle back with me.

Notre Dame!
The view from the top of Notre Dame! (400 steps was the climb, in case you’re curious!)

After the Notre Dame, we had ice cream from Berthillon. So tasty and creamy!

Mmmmm… ice cream!

Post-sweet-treat, we trekked back to the Latin Quarter where we explored St. Etienne Du Mont (chapel that was stunning, located on the street where part of Midnight in Paris was filmed), found meringue cookies the size of our heads, the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore, and lots of stunning views of the Seine river. Our day was rounded out by a night viewing of the Eiffel Tower and crepes for dinner!

St Etienne Du Mont – not going to lie, I thought this inside of this chapel was prettier than Notre Dame.
I’d use the photo with Jackie’s head for scale reference, but she’d kill me.
I bought “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
It sparkles for five minutes every hour on the hour after sunset!

This rounds out part one of our France trip! Stay tuned for part two: Versailles and Disneyland Paris!

Have you been to Paris? What was your favorite sight? Do you want to go to Paris? Tell me why! Sound off in the comments!