My third day in Paris was quite the long adventure! I wanted to hit some major landmarks and also find some time to do my favorite thing in Paris, which of course consumes of unapologetically consuming dessert. Hopped in cab and went to the beautifully historic and charming area of Montmarte, which happens to be where the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located. This famous landmark in Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The architecture and art within this church are truly awe-inspiring. The ceiling mural will cause you to question how on earth someone was talented enough and patient enough to paint something that intricate. I highly suggest you go see it (address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France)!
To enjoy the surroundings in Montmarte, we rented bikes through the public transportation system which is absolutely the BEST way to see Paris. You are able to see more throughout this large city and if you like a certain area, feel free to stop and park your bike and roam around. You will find these public bike stops all throughout the city. You essentially register online with your credit card and pay a couple of dollars and it is so simple to use. Here is an insider tip: switch your bike every 30 minutes whenever you see one of those bike stops because your ride will be free!
After finishing in Montmarte, and of course stopping to take photos in front of the infamous Moulin Rouge, we ventured to a more local upper-echeleon area outside of Montmarte filled with yuppie children with their nannies, business people roaming around on their lunch break and simply just ladies of leisure (umm sign me up??). We noticed that this particular location was where Parc Monceau lived (address: 35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France). This particular park was on my top 10 spots in Paris I wanted to visit so I was delighted that it was right there before my eyes. We parked and ditched our bikes and literally just sat and people watched. The roman-styled architecture was so incredible we did not want to stop staring at it. Since our hunger began to set in, we spotted a little cafe right across the street from the back entrance to the park and brought our croissants and sandwiches back to the park to continue enjoying the structures and people.
Next up on my list was the Arc de Triomphe (address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France) which would then lead us to the famous street of Champs Elysees. It was really cool to see this extraordinarily large arch in the city. It sits right in the middle of an extremely busy roundabout and is filled with tourists directly under it. Speaking of tourist central, we then decided to do a little shopping on Champs Elysees at Lancel, Laduree and Massimo Duitti. Insider tip: Lancel is a beautiful high end designer store and I highly suggest you check it out. If you are not going to Barcelona, then I also suggest you shop at Massimo. If you do go to Barcelona, Massimo Duitti is cheaper there because it is a Spanish brand!
Now on to fashion. I kept it very comfortable this day due to all the walking! I wore a jumper, high tops, packed a light sweater and scarf for when it got cold at night. I brought the necessities so that I would not need to go back to the hotel. Later that night we ended up changing and going back to the hotel to go have a lavish dinner at Hotel Costes and later champagne at Hotel George V (thanks to my girlfriend Tammy for these reccos). This place is very boujie so make sure you are dressed to the nines! I promised no photos to my boo for that night so I am sorry I do not have any to share, but you can check out Hotel Costes here and Hotel George V here! Insider tip: These spots are an actual must to complete your Parisian affair!
Hope you enjoyed all of my insider Paris travel tips so far!