Welcome to Paris, France

Or should I say Bonjour? That is about as far as my French language skills go. Today, we are going to take a trip to Paris. A city that most people seem to love and hate, and I get it! On one hand, you have cute cafes lining the cobbled streets, copious amounts of bakeries to satisfy all your croissant needs, and fairytalesque architecture that transports you to another world. I know that is super cliche, but it's Paris, and you HAVE to be at least a bit cliche.

But Paris also has a side that people don't like. It's a typical city, so it's crowded, expensive, polluted, and a hot spot for petty crime. Luckily, you won't have to worry about your wallet getting stolen on this “trip” to Paris because well… It's virtual! Paris can be anything you want it to be. You can even fight a fire-breathing dragon on top of the Eiffel tower! The possibilities are endless.

Okay, let's move on to the good stuff. What we will actually be doing on this tour. You didn't think I was just going to blabber on about fire breathing dragons now, did you?

If you have taken any of my other virtual tours, this virtual tour of Paris will be similar.  We are going to go on a walking tour, cook and eat delicious French food, learn about French culture, and so much more! Oh, and don't feel pressured to finish this tour in one day! There is a lot to do and like actually visiting Paris, it's impossible to see the city in one day.

Are you ready to be swept off your feet and transported to the city of lights? After all, this is a virtual experience, and no planes are needed for this “trip” to Paris.

Alright, let's go!

What to “Pack” for your trip

Before you “leave” for Paris, there are a few things you should prepare. I mean, you can't travel empty-handed now, can you? No way! Okay, so first things first,

For breakfast, we will be indulging in a French specialty: a croissant with a strong expresso. We need all the energy we can muster for our busy day. You can grab pre-made croissants at your local grocery store, or if you live near a bakery or coffee shop, hop in and pick some up! If you don't want a croissant, you can grab some french bread, butter and marmalade and have that instead. 

For lunch we are going to have a very fancy picnic. To prepare, you should have a couple of french cheeses on hand as well as a baguette or other French bread and some lunch meats. Oh, and a bottle of wine because you can't have a French picnic without wine! You may want two bottles just in case.

What happens in “Paris” stays in “Paris.”

Later on, we will have a crepe break, and I suggest using this recipe if you want to make your own. I share the ingredients and a link to the recipe below as well; if you would like to buy your crepes from the store instead, that's totally fine too (I won't tell).

And for dinner, you will have a ton of recipes to choose from, so if you want to get prepared, scroll down to the end and pick any one (or several) you fancy. You can choose from appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.

Well! That does it! We are all set for our virtual tour of Paris. If you can think of anything else you may need, go ahead and get it. The last thing we want is to forget something important.

Make your home feel Parisian

Now, before we “travel” to Paris, we need to set the mood. Below I have listed a few items you can purchase to make your home feel a bit more French and give you the feeling that you are there or at least give your imagination something to work with.

virtual paris tour

Paris is filled with so many different scents from freshly baked pastries to the fragrant scent of flowers blooming in the spring time. If you want to truly feel like you are in Paris, a candle is the perfect way to bring the aroma of the city into your home. This candle company sells french made &  produced candles and they have a ton of scents to choose from!

virtual paris tour

This pink cityscape drawing of Paris will give your place some serious Paris vibes. I mean, of course, it's not like being in the city yourself, but at least you will have all the major landmarks to look at in one place.

virtual tour of paris

These placemats are similar to those you may find in the French Countryside, and since you will be wining and dining on this virtual Paris tour, these will make a cute addition and, give your home a rustic French Farmhouse feel.

Traditional French Breakfast: Croissant and Expresso

A French breakfast is usually light, simple, and quick. The French are very busy people. For our breakfast, we will have a croissant with an expresso. If you live near a bakery or coffee shop, I recommend picking up your croissant there, but if you have a store-bought croissant, that is totally fine.

An alternative would be grabbing a loaf of French bread, some jam, marmalade, and butter and having that instead of a croissant, but you absolutely need the expresso! We need lots of energy for today.

french breakfast

Learn French

French is a complicated language – trust me, I have tried. The tiny bits of french I have learned have helped on my trips to France or gotten me dirty look with locals screaming “speak English”. Either way, it doesn't hurt to learn a bit of French, especially since we are “visiting” Paris today. I have listed a few common & helpful phrases you can learn with examples of how they can be used – plus other French learning resources if you want to take your French language skills to the next level.

apprenons un peu de français! That means, let's learn some French.

Bonjour – Hello

If you have ever heard someone speaking French, chances are you have heard Bonjour as a greeting It's pronounced bown-zhoor

Merci – Thank You

Merci (Mehr-see) is used to say thank you. If you are especially grateful, you can say merci beaucoup (Mehr-see bow-Koo), which translates to thank you very much.

Au Revoir – Goodbye

Au revoir (oh-vwahr) is how you say goodbye.

où est le – Where is the…

If you want to ask where something is, you will use où est le (who-ell.) For instance, où est le téléphone translates to where is the telephone. A few more examples would be:

où est le chat – where is the cat
où est le rouge à lèvres – where is the red lipstick
où est le livre – where is the book
où est le musée d'art – where is the art museum

Pouvez-vous m'aider – Can you help me?

If you need help with directions or finding something, you should use Pouvez-vous m'aider (poo-vay-voo may-day). Here are a few examples of how you can use it.

Pouvez-vous m'aider à trouver l'épicerie?– Can you help me find the grocery store?
Pouvez-vous m'aider à trouver le musée d'histoire – Can you help me find the history museum?

parlez-vous – Do you speak?

If you want to be polite and ask a local for directions, don't assume they speak English. Say parlez-vous (parlay voo) and then Anglaise (an·glèz) for English. Parlez-vous Anglaise?

Comment allez-vous – How are you?

If you want to ask how someone is doing, you should say 
Comment allez-vous
(koh-mah ah-lay-voo).

Person one: Comment allez-vous – how are you/how do you feel?
Person two: je me sens bien – I feel good.

Je suis – I am…

Je suis (zhe swee) is used if you are telling someone something about you; for instance,

je suis fatigué – I am tired
je suis curieux– I am curious
Je suis content – I am happy

pardon – Excuse me

If you accidentally bump into someone, you would say pardon (par-don) to excuse yourself.

Other French Language Resources

french learning resources

If you want to take your French speaking skills to another level, the All Language Resource has listed 27 language programs that offer French. They have reviews of each program, and they list pros and cons to help you choose the best one for you.

french pod 101

This is my FAVORITE language learning platform. I can't say enough good things about innovative languages (language pod 101 series). This is the most extensive program on the market and includes modules for those just starting to those who are pretty much fluent. They cover grammar, vocab, and sentence structure in an easy & understandable way. I haven't done French Pod 101, but I have done Swedish Pod 101 and have had nothing but good experiences!

italki

If you are looking to up your conversation skills in a new language, check out Italki! It's a platform where you can hire a private teacher to guide you in learning a language at your own pace. I haven't hired a French teacher, but I have had good experiences learning Swedish with Italki.

Walking Tour of Paris

Montmartre is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Paris. Walking through Montmartre feels like your walking through a small French village and honestly it's easy to forget you're in Paris.

montemarte

I mean, if you saw this image without knowing it's in Paris – would you think it was? I know I wouldn't! It does go without saying that Montmartre is one of the most touristy neighborhoods in Paris. You're not the only one craving that small village charm. Oh, and of course, two of the most popular attractions are there as well: Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Moulin Rouge.

Since Montmartre is far, far away – at least from where I am; I found a walking tour that will take you around the neighborhood in 2 hours. As I have said previously, Paris is impossible to see in one day, let alone 2 hours, but we will try our best! This tour is the perfect introduction to the city, and even though we can't visit right now, it will feel like we are there. That sounded way cheesier than I intended.

Anywho, grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea or whatever you want to drink and a croissant or a loaf of bread. I don't judge! And enjoy this 2-hour tour through Montmartre.

Montmartre Tour

Montmartre is one of the most touristy neighborhoods in Paris, and it's where many of the iconic landmarks are located, so no trip to Paris is complete without a wander around. Enjoy this walking tour!

Picnic Under the Eiffel Tower

Picnicking under the Eiffel Tower is one of the most Cliche things you can do in Paris, but it's ONE experience you can't replicate anywhere else. Although, we are going to try our very best to make it as authentic as possible. Anyway, you should have your picnic ingredients ready to go. There should be cheese, bread, meats and of course, wine! If there is anything else you want on your picnic, feel free to take it out. There are no rules!  So that being said, let's start preparing our super romantic and authentic Eiffel Tower picnic!

picnic in paris

  • Here is a live stream of the Eiffel Tower, and I recommend displaying it on your television or computer. You can also download this short video of the Eiffel tower and loop it. Or, if you have room on your wall, this Eiffel Tower decal would be pretty snazzy. Make sure the Eiffel tower is visible because you will be wining and dining in front of it.
  • Next, grab a cheese board or cutting board, place your cheese, and cut up a baguette, meats, and whatever else you packed onto it.
  • Now, open a bottle of your finest wine, and don't forget the wine glasses! Or, you know what? We are classy, so if you want to drink out of the bottle, go for it!
  • Find a comfy blanket and set it in front of your computer, television, or Eiffel Tower decal and enjoy your picnic!

Listen to this playlist of romantic French music you can listen to.

Crepe Break

I know we just had our picnic but we haven't had dessert yet and I don't know about you but I always have room for crepes! I prefer mine with either nutella and banana or sugar and lemon juice. One of my favorite things about visiting Paris is the constant stream of crepe stands on the street. You could literally go crepe hopping all over the city, and every single one you try is good – like ridiculously good. The locals put love and passion into their crepes (er…I hear how that sounds.)

Oh, fun fact! Did you know that the crepe symbolizes the start of spring? It looks like the sun to remind folks that winter is soon over. Those are the very important facts you learn when you research the history of crepes.

You're welcome.

Anyway, since we are home where there are sadly no crepe stands (at least not in my house). We are going to make our own! This is my favorite crepe recipe. It's the one I always use.

These are the ingredients you will need:

  • 3 Tablespoons (43gunsalted butter, plus 3-4 more Tablespoons for the pan
  • 1 cup (125gall-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk, at room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) room temperature water
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
french crepes

The Origin Of Crepes

Crepes date back to the 13th century when a housewife in Brittany, France, accidentally dribbled some porridge onto a hot cook stove. She was not about to waste the concoction she created, so she ate it, and the rest is history!

Visit a Museum

It's no secret that Paris has some of the greatest museums in the world. It is a semi secret that you can view many of them virtually. I have personally spent hours if not days exploring museums online, and will probably continue to do so, even when the world opens up again.

As someone who is super OCD when it comes to reading EVERYTHING in museums, I appreciate that I can read a bit and come back as much as I want. I once went to a museum 3 days in a row – just so I could read everything. I may be a bit obsessed…

I could miss reading something very important, okay?

I have listed some museums in Paris that offer free virtual tours, so you can nerd out without all the crowds. I mean, can you even imagine seeing the Louvre without a million people –  unless you are Beyoncé, it's impossible. I recommend spending a few hours before dinner browsing a couple museums. In this day and age we are so lucky that this is even possible, so take advantage of it! 

visit a museum virtually

  • Musée de l'Armée (The Armory Museum): Learn all about France's military history through the artifacts & virtual exhibits at the Armory Museum. There is a lot to see and read, so if military history is of interest to you, you will enjoy this museum!
  • Musée d'Orsay: Here, you can browse a vast collection of art, including sculptures, furniture, and photography.
  • Musée de l'Orangerie: Another art museum, here you will find Monet's famous water lily painting.
  • Palace of Versailles: Although not in Paris, Versaille is a popular day trip from Paris, so I am adding it to this virtual tour! Versaille was the royal residence of France during Louis XIV's reign, and it may come as no surprise that it's regal AF.
  • Opéra national de Paris: The Paris opera house is one of the most iconic opera houses in the world. It was founded in 1669, and according to Google Arts & Culture, they put on 350 performances a year! Wowzers! If you are interested in watching an Opera virtually from The Paris Opera House, they have several you can rent for $7.99.
  • Monnaie de Paris: Monnaie is the epicenter of French coin production. It's the world's oldest running minting institution. 
  • Musée des arts et métiers (Museum of Technological Innovation): This is a museum filled with inventions that have shaped our world. It's a place where you can learn about new inventions as well as old ones. I mean, the hairdryer, Braille, pasteurization, the stethoscope, the pencil sharpener, and even Mayonnaise are all French inventions, so it's only fitting that they have a museum about innovation!
  • Musée Curie (Marie Curie Museum): Marie Curie was a Polish scientist, chemist and all around bad a**! She won a Nobel prize for her discovery and research of the elements Radium & Polonium. This is my favorite museum, but Marie Curie is one of my favorite historical figures, so I am biased.
  • The Louvre: No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre, but since we are going virtually, we don't have to wait in a 10-mile long line to get in! We get the artwork all to ourselves. The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and would take you about 200 days to see every piece of artwork. There are 38,000 pieces of art on display and another 44,000 in storage. My mind was blown when I learned that. It must be a lot of fun working there!
  • Paris Catacombs: The Paris Catacombs are a series of underground tunnels that span 186 miles and hold millions of bones! I can't even imagine how long that took to build and all the dead people it took to fill it. Only a tiny portion of the tunnels are open to the public, but you can view some parts of the catacombs online!

Dinner: French Recipes

This virtual Paris tour has almost come to an end but not before dinner! You must be famished after a busy day of “exploring.” I know I am! I mean, yes we had a big picnic AND a crepe, but you know what? We are on vacation! We can eat as much as we want and not feel guilty about it. As someone wise once said, “Eat as much as you want and if someone makes you feel guilty about it, eat them too.”

So that being said, time to pick what we will make for dinner. Most of the recipes below are from a French food blog that I discovered to have authentic recipes and easily obtainable ingredients (at least if you are in the US). There are tons of recipes to choose from so if you want to prepare like 10 dishes, go for it!

Okay! I won't keep you any longer. Let's get cooking. I'll see you after dinner.  Bon Appétit!

French recipes

Appetizers

Soufflé au fromage (cheese souffle)
Gougères (traditional cheese puffs)
Socca (chickpea flatbread)
Bouchée à la Rein (puff pastry with filling)
Assiette de canard et melon (duck and melon plate)
Tuiles au parmesan (parmesan chips)
Mouclade (spicy mussels in cream)
Acras de morue (spicy cod fritters)
Asperges à la sauce hollandaise (asparagus with hollandaise sauce)
Caviar d’aubergine épicé (spicy eggplant caviar)
Tartare de saumon (salmon tartare)
Soupe à l’oignon gratinée (onion soup)
Soupe aux asperges (asparagus soup)
Soupe aux épinards crème à l’aïl (spinach soup with garlic cream)
Soupe d’agneau aux herbes (lamb soup with fresh herbs)
Soupe paysanne (French peasant soup)

Main Dishes

Rôti de boeuf (roast beef, French style)
Entrecôte béarnaise (Steak with béarnaise sauce)
Côtelettes d’agneau au romarin (Lambchops with rosemary)
Steak au poivre (steak with pepper sauce)
Coq au vin (chicken stewed in red wine)
Chicken cordon bleu
Rôti de canard au romarin (rolled roast of duck with rosemary)
Coquilles saint-jacques aux girolles (pan seared sea scallops with chantarelles)
Croque-monsieur rustique (open-faced Croque monsieur)
Quiche lorraine
Tarte à la tomate (French tomato tart)
Tarte aux champignons sauvages (Wild mushroom tart)
Tarte fine aux poireaux et lardons (French pizza with bacon and leeks)

Dessert 

Clafoutis aux cerises (cherry clafoutis)
Crème caramel
Mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse)
Profiteroles
Tarte aux pommes toute (French apple tart)
Charlotte aux fraises (strawberry charlotte)
Gâteau aux noix avec fraises (walnut cake with strawberries)

 

Watch Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is a building most people are familiar with. It's renowned for its wild exterior as well as putting on entertaining cabarets. It should be no surprise that there are a couple of movies based on the famous building. There are two movies you can choose from. There is the 1952 version and then the 2001 version. I haven't seen the 1952 version, so I can't give an opinion, but the 2001 version is pretty good.

The movie follows a young Englishman in Paris of 1899 who becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, her manager has promised a duke for her hand in marriage in exchange for funding his production. As the Englishman & Satine secretly meet, Satine's wedding day draws closer, but she keeps a secret from both of them that could have dire consequences.

If you are a member of Amazon Prime, the movie is included in your subscription.

moulin rouge show

Choose Your Own Adventure

With the world shut down and my job pretty much on hold, I have found solace through online travel experiences that allow me to travel safely from home. I have taken cooking classes, learned about different cultures and traditions, and have become friends with some of the hosts who conduct these experiences. Since we are in “Paris,” I thought I would share some online experiences I discovered so that you can learn more about Parisian culture and food.

online travel experience in paris

  • A fabulous day in Paris with a Parisian: This is the only Paris-based experience I have done, and it was a lot of fun. I learned some fascinating history and some local secrets that I will remember when I actually visit the city. We also visited some hidden gems through pictures and stories, and we learned about some French customs, holidays, and food!
  • Chouquete french baking class from Paris: Choquetes are small balls of dough sprinkled with pearl sugar, and in this class, you learn to make them! I have taken many online cooking classes, and they are so much fun!
  • Taste French Wines with a Parisian Somm: If you have ever dreamt of wine tasting in France, now you can with a certified wine sommelier who will walk you through the art of drinking wine. He will share pictures and little-known facts about France's wine region. And he will provide a list of French wines you can buy locally so that you can wine taste with him.
  • Macaron french baking class from Paris: Macaroons are incredibly difficult to make, but if you are up for the challenge, you should go for it, and you will have a French chef guiding you to Macaroon perfection!
  • The origins of beautiful Paris: In this virtual experience, your guide will take you around Paris in real-time. It will almost be like you are there walking with her! You'll pass the Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle and of course, learn some history and fun facts about the city and sites you will be seeing.
  • Discover the mysteries of Mona Lisa: Mona Lisa is a mysterious painting, and I personally have asked myself – who is the woman behind that painting and why is she famous? The guide conducting this experience is a tour guide at the Louvre and is ready to answer any burning questions you may have about The Mona Lisa and spill facts about the painting you probably didn't know.
  • Get to know the perfume world: The world of perfume is very complex, especially French perfume. On this tour, your guide will share her passion and love for perfume with you. You'll learn all sorts of fun facts and history, hear stories, and your host will even teach you how to pick the right perfume and what perfumes you should wear for different seasons.
  • Napoleon's Personal Treasure Trove: Louvre Virtual Tour: If you are interested in learning more about French art & history, consider taking this tour. You'll be guided around the Louvre virtually and given the opportunity to ask a certified guide question.
  • A Labyrinth of Bones below the City: Paris Catacombs Virtual Tour: The underground catacombs of Paris are hauntingly fascinating. As you can imagine, 186 miles of tunnels below the city must hold lots of secrets – only a tiny portion are open to the public. On this online experience, join an expert n the catacombs and learn about the mysterious tunnels and the people buried there.
  • Paris: The City of Lights from Ancient Times to the Fire of Notre Dame:This experience mainly focuses on the city's history, and you will learn about some of Paris's iconic landmarks like Notre Dame and Saint Chappelle.
  • Paris Without the Crowds: Montmartre Walk with a Local: Wouldn't it be nice to visit Paris without any people? The joys of virtual travel because now you absolutely can! On this virtual tour, you will join a local who will teach you all there is to know about Montmartre, Paris's famed (and most touristy) neighborhood. Sit back and relax as your guide walks the streets of Montmartre in real-time.
  • Parisian Fashion Trends: Paris is one of the most fashionable cities in the world, so it's no surprise there is an online experience all about French fashion. Your guide will walk you through the history of Parisian style and give you styling tips so that you can take her fashion advice into your closet.

French Culture

French culture is one of a kind. I mean, where else can you sit for hours indulging in cheeses and bread while sipping on cheap wine that is actually good – not like that crappy grocery store budget wine you would find in the states. Where else can you hear two people yelling at each other and think it's the most romantic thing – even if they are yelling profanities and throwing water in each other's faces. It's so freaking cute! Oh, and not to mention the Romance. Paris is the epitome of Romance which is evident in pretty much every French movie & book.

Anyway, I thought I would finish our virtual tour of Paris off by recommending several French movies, TV shows, books, and small French businesses you can support so that you can continue exploring Paris from the comfort of your home.

French Movies

Amelie French Movie

Amelie is a quirky waitress who serves various fascinating & weird characters in her restaurant. She makes it her mission to get to know them and discreetly involves herself in their personal affairs. What could go wrong?

sarah's key french movie

Sarah's Key is a tragic story about a young girl during World War II who's forced out of her home by the Gestapo. Thanks to Sarah's quick thinking she was able to lock her little brother in their dresser with a promise to come back for him. As Sarah and her parents are sent to the French Ghetto, Sarah tries everything to break free from the clutches of the Gestapo and save her brother before it's too late.

midnight in paris movie

Although Midnight in Paris isn't a French movie, it takes place in Paris. In this movie, Gil, an aspiring writer, takes a late-night stroll where he meets some oddly familiar faces. He'll soon find himself transported a century in the past where he will meet some of the world's most renowned icons in art & literature.

la vie en rose

La Vie En Rose is a true story that follows the famous French singer Édith Piraf. She was born into poverty and raised in a brothel, but despite her hard childhood Édith Piraf rose to fame with her incredible voice & charisma.

the 15:17 to paris

Based on a true story, in 2015, 3 young Americans traveling around Europe stopped an attempted terrorist attack on a train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam.

portrait of a lady on fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire tells the story of an affair between Marianne, a painter who is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse, an aristocrat, without her knowing.

French TV Shows

the missing

The Missing follows Tony and Emily Hughs, who travel to Northern France for a vacation with their five-year-old son, but one day he goes missing. Tony and Emily work around the clock to find their son before it's too late.

versaille

In 1667 Louis XIV, King of France, decides to build the most lavish palace in the world, which will become Versaille, but there are many complications, including a depleted budget, politics, and affairs to take care of.

bonfire destiny

After a devastating fire erupts at an aristocratic event. Three women find their lives upended.
Alice is meant to marry a man she doesn't love to save her family from bankruptcy. When she gets lost in the flames of the fire, she has lost all hope for survival until she meets a mystery man.
Adrianne is desperate to escape her abusive husband and start over with her daughter. The fire was the perfect way to fake her death. She tries desperately to find her daughter without anyone knowing she is alive.
Rose is pushed into the flames of the fire and suffers severe burns to the point where she is unrecognizable. A widow who lost her daughter in the flames kidnaps Rose from the hospital and convinces everyone that she is her deceased daughter.

The collection

Set during post-World War II Paris, The collection follows two brothers who run a fashion house together. As they try to bounce back after the nazi occupation, the brother's rivalry and secrets undermine their success.

find me in paris

Find me in Paris follows Lena Grisky, a ballerina from the year 1905 who finds herself traveling into the future to attend present-day ballet school in Paris. As she tries to fit in with her classmates, her secret becomes more and more of a burden as she tries to find a way back to 1905 while trying not to be too suspicious and putting her new friends in danger.

French village TV show

The French Village is about the inhabitants of a tiny village in France who awaken one morning to find German soldiers taking over their village. As we follow the village inhabitants for the next four years, we see the devastating effects the German occupation has on the people living there.

French Books

paris photography book

Pictures can't do Paris justice, but the ones in this book can! Along with stunning pictures of Paris, there is also information on the landmarks and places that are photographed. 

paris in spring

There is nothing quite like Paris in the Springtime. This book is a fantastic way to experience the city in the spring with gorgeous pictures and descriptions, you are bound the be transported to Paris.

paris travel guide

DK is my favorite travel guide company. Their guides are more visual than text-based, and that is one reason I love them-plus their guides are so in-depth. I sometimes buy their guides just to read them, even if I am not visiting the destination. Anyway, When I saw they had a Paris travel guide, I had to add it to the list. I haven't personally read this one, but if it is anything like their other city guides, then I can't recommend it enough!

a table in paris

Calling all foodies who plan on visiting Paris. This book is for you! Illustrations and restaurant recommendations is what this book is made of.  I love the fact that it's organized by neighborhood so depending on the neighborhood you are exploring, you can flip to that area in the book and find a place to eat! It's so convenient. I know when I plan a trip to Paris, I will definitely be taking this book with me.

drinking french

Famous Paris-based chef David Lebovitz delves deep into French drinking culture. He writes about iconic cocktails and cafe traditions as well as shares a ton of recipes. Oh, and according to the reviews. “this is the best and only drink book you will need” I am sold!

my paris kitchen

This is another fantastic book written by Paris-based food writer and chef David Lebovitz. This recipe book is filled with stories of Lebovitz's time living in France as well as 100 absolutely mouthwatering recipes.

Other French items you may like

la maison chocolate

La Maison Du Chocolat is a Paris-based chocolate shop that takes orders online and ships world wide! They sell tons of varieties and it's French, so you know it's going to be good!

paris photography

Imagine staring at a stunning photo of France every time you wake up or go to the bathroom. Rebecca Plotnick is a Paris-based photographer and sells her best pieces of work online. I highly recommend checking out her work and if you have a bare wall in your home that could use some sprucing up, consider purchasing one of her photos.

laudree macaroons

Ladure is a bakery that originated in France but has made its way to the US. They are famous for their macaroons, so you absolutely have to get a box if you order from them. They ship nationwide, so you have no excuse!

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This virtual tour of Paris will take you around the city of lights through food, culture and so much more! You won't want to miss this virtual Paris tour.
This virtual tour of Paris will take you around the city of lights through food, culture and so much more! You won't want to miss this virtual Paris tour.
This virtual tour of Paris will take you around the city of lights through food, culture and so much more! You won't want to miss this virtual Paris tour.

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Marika Devan
As a clumsy Californian with an obsession for exploring the world. I love getting to know the destinations I visit by discovering what makes a place unique, unconventional and a little bit weird.

But like most people I don't spend ALL my time traveling (that would be exhausting). When I am not gallivanting around the world you can find me singing Celine Dion songs into my hairbrush, taste testing gourmet donuts (someone's got to do it), and watching movies comfortably in my unicorn onesie.