In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

A visit to the city of love just wouldn’t be complete without spending an evening watching the sun set over this iconic city. One of the top spots to relax and watch the sunset is from the steps of the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre. Many tourists and locals flock to the steps below the Sacré Cœur every evening at dusk to watch the sky change colors as the sun dips below the horizon. Bring a bottle of wine, some macaroons and good company to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. With the Sacré Cœur towering behind and the majestic scenery in front of you, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day exploring the many wonders of Paris.

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

Where is your favorite spot to watch the sunset in Paris? Have you watched the sunset from the Sacré Cœur?

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The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Two things..

One. I know, I know, I know, French fries aren’t actually French… they’re Belgian. BUT, Sant and I traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and France and we tried the fries in almost every city we visited and the best fries we came across were in France. Although this particular shop is a Belgian Friterie (fry shop) so I think that makes it an acceptable best spot for fries. What more fitting city to find these delicious French fries in than the gastronomic capital of France and of the world, Lyon.

Two. I realize that everyone will have a different opinion on what the best fries in this region are, but I wanted to share mine because these fries were incredible. So here it goes…

Since the late 20th century, Lyon has built a solid reputation as the gastronomic capital and being the food lovers that we are, we couldn’t wait to explore Lyon and all of its culinary delights. We ate a lot of delicious food during our time in Lyon, but one thing we couldn’t stop talking about for days and even weeks after was the French fries at Friterie Bintje & Zoet.

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Bintje & Zoet is a small fry shop in the heart of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon). It sits on one of the most popular streets in Vieux Lyon, Rue Saint-Jean, so it’s in a great location and is super easy to find. The only thing we tried here were the French fries, so I can’t attest to the other food but if it’s anything like the fries then I’m sure it’s mouthwatering.

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Sant and I decided to stop here since it was close to the apartment we were staying in and we bought a grand cornet (cone) of fries to share. In hindsight, we really should have bought two because after tasting them, I don’t think either of us wanted to share. I think the thing that makes these fries infinitely better than ones from home are that these are thicker and double fried which make them super crispy and oh, so delicious.

The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

I love to dunk my fries in sauce so, of course, I couldn’t pass up trying the different sauces. My favorite ended up being the mayonnaise sauce which is pretty typical to eat with Belgian fries. Sant loved the andalouse sauce which had a little kick to it and was really good (I’ll admit, I loved it too!).

During one of our days in Lyon, we bought a grand cornet of fries and took it back to our apartment. After devouring it, Sant says “I think I’m going to go back and get more.” I laughed, but he was so serious about it, he walked back down the street and returned a few minutes later with another grand cornet of fries… which we devoured, again.

I definitely recommend visiting Lyon as it ended up being one of our favorite cities on our trip. Lyon is a foodie’s paradise with some of the most delicious food in the world. If you find yourself in Lyon, do not miss trying the fries at Bintje & Zoet in Vieux Lyon. They are affordable, crispy, and downright mouthwatering, so don’t skip the best fries in France! 

Have you ever been to Bintje & Zoet? Where have you eaten the best fries?

Adventures in Fabulous France

Our first stop in France was the lovely Paris. I had been to Paris two years ago while I was studying abroad in Madrid, but Sant (my boyfriend for those that don’t know) had never been, so of course Paris made the list of places we wanted to visit. I’m just going to give some highlights from our time in France since talking about everything would make for an extremely long post.

*If you missed my previous posts about our adventure, you can read about our time in the Netherlands here and our time in Belgium here.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

One of my favorite things we did in Paris was visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral since it was something I didn’t have time to do the last time I was in Paris. It’s such a magnificent cathedral with gorgeous stained glass windows throughout. The cathedral is HUGE and there’s so much detail etched into all the sculptures and alters, it’s simply breathtaking. I think it would be pretty neat to get to attend mass there every Sunday.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

If it’s even possible, I think Notre Dame gets even more beautiful at night! It’s definitely a must to go marvel at Notre Dame after the sun goes down, it’s truly magical.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Another fun thing we did was walk down the Champs Élysées on our way to the Arc de Triomphe. Of course, we had to do some shopping on the Champs Élysées just so we can say we did. I bought some new clothes at H&M and the bag they give you even says “88 Avenue des Champs Élysées” which I thought was pretty neat. We also decided to check out Louis Vuitton (because why not?!) and WOW. All the merchandise was SO expensive. One dress that I looked at was 2000 euros and we saw a diamond watch for… drum roll, please… 110,000 euros (about 120,000 USD). I’m not really sure why anyone would ever buy a watch for 110,000 euros but I guess there has to be a market for them since they’re selling one (sorry, no pictures of it. I was afraid the security guard would tackle me if I tried to snap a photo, haha). Anyway, after being thoroughly depressed by all the pretty shoes, clothes and jewelry I will probably never own, we decided to move on.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

After some more window shopping along the Champs Élysées, we finally arrived at the Arc de Triomphe. This was another thing I didn’t get to do the last time I visited Paris and it ended up being one of my favorite things we did. We bought tickets and climbed to the top for amazing views of the Paris skyline. I would definitely recommend climbing the Arc de Triomphe for panoramic views of Paris instead of the Eiffel Tower since you actually get to have the most popular Parisian symbol in your city views… the Eiffel Tower! It won’t be in your pictures of the Paris skyline if you’re standing on it. Plus, the Arc de Triomphe is close to the same height as the second level of the Eiffel Tower and the line is much, much shorter. As an added bonus, twelve major streets converge around the Arc de Triomphe so it’s quite fun to sit and watch the mayhem of cars going every which way. I’m pretty sure there aren’t any lane lines, it’s just a free for all and you hope you don’t hit any other cars on your way around.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Now, it wouldn’t be Paris without a visit, or several, to the Eiffel Tower. It really is spectacular to just sit and marvel at. You cannot, I repeat, cannot miss seeing the Eiffel Tower at night. It sparkles/twinkles (whatever you want to call it) for the first 5 minutes of every hour after dark (until 2 AM in the summer) and it’s truly magical. It’s not something that pictures can ever do it justice, it’s just something you have to see in person. I promise it’s worth it.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

We did so much more in Paris including a visit to the Palace of Versailles (which was actually really disappointing to us), but I will elaborate on that and more in posts once we return home from our trip. Our next and final stop in France was Lyon.

I really am a sucker for the smaller cities over the larger ones because I was immediately taken with Lyon. It’s such a beautiful, charming city with so much to explore. Lucky for us, there was a Festival of the Roses going on over the weekend while we were visiting which was a nice surprise. The whole city was decked out in roses including all the shops and we stumbled upon this beautiful fountain completely covered in roses. It was amazing!

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

We spent a lot of time wandering around Lyon and around Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) which is – you guessed it – the oldest part of the city. We made the climb to the top of the hill where the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière stands and got some beautiful views of all of Lyon.

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

Our Adventures in Fabulous France

One of my favorite parts of Lyon was exploring all the traboules in Vieux Lyon. The traboules are like these long hallways that connect different streets and many of them have beautiful courtyards in them. Most of them date back to the Renaissance period and were used to make it easier to obtain fresh supplies of water and also to transport valuable goods from different streets to a merchants’ stall. The traboules were also used to move around without being seen by the authorities. It was really fun to wander around Vieux Lyon searching for the different traboules, especially since this is something that is pretty unique to Lyon.

Adventures in Fabulous France

Adventures in Fabulous France

Adventures in Fabulous France

Lyon is such a charming city and is often overshadowed by Paris, but it’s definitely worth visiting. I really enjoyed our time in Lyon and it’s definitely making it onto the list of cities I have to come back to and spend more time. I’ll go into more detail on the different things we did during our time here when we return home!

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Sacred Heart Basilica in Paris

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

The Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre, or Sacre-Coeur, is a major landmark in Paris. Montmartre is one of the most historic and interesting neighborhoods in Paris; with the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur situated on the crest of the hill this is one area of Paris you don’t want to miss. My friends and I were on a tour of Montmartre and our tour guide kept telling us she was going to give us a great view of the basilica. She didn’t disappoint, around the corner we walked and there it stood in front of us, the huge white Sacré-Coeur, it really was an incredibly beautiful view of the church.

Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris

Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris

Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris

Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris

After snapping tons of pictures of the back of the basilica we hurried around to see the front of the Sacré-Coeur and to view Paris from the highest point in the city.

Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris
Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris

You can’t miss wandering to the top of Montmartre to see the Sacred Heart Basilica and get stunning panoramic views of Paris. Sitting on the steps in front of the Sacre Coeur is the perfect place to watch the sun rise or set over Paris.

Sacred Heart Basilica of Paris

If you’re looking for more to do in Paris check out the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and Tuileries Garden.

Have you been to the Sacred Heart Basilica? Where is your favorite spot in Paris for great views of the city? I would love to hear what you think- leave your thoughts in the comments below!

A Must-See in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower, one of the most well-known monuments in the world is a must-see when traveling to Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower stands at over 1,000 feet tall and there are three different levels for visitors to see panoramic views of the city. In my opinion, the best views of Paris are from the second level because you are high enough up to see great panoramic views of the city skyline but are still able to recognize other notable Paris landmarks.

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I seriously suggest purchasing your Eiffel Tower tickets in advance or purchasing them from a tour guide if you happen to go on any tours prior to your visit to the Eiffel Tower. If you wait until you arrive at the Eiffel Tower to purchase tickets you will be waiting in a VERY long line, trust me. When I was in Paris, my friends and I went on a 3-hour free walking tour of Paris in the morning (although the tour is free, it’s suggested to tip the tour guide at the end of the tour, normally 5-10 euros per person). Our tour guide had tickets to the Eiffel Tower for a specific time so we purchased those through her, arrived at the Eiffel Tower at the time indicated on the tickets and hardly had to wait at all before we got on the elevator to take us to the second level.

Your time is precious while traveling, so don’t waste your time waiting in lines. Purchase tickets in advance!!

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A Must-See in Paris: The Eiffel Tower  || Blog: Travel Far, Eat Well

While visiting the Eiffel Tower during the daytime provides amazing panoramic views of the city. You CANNOT miss seeing it at night when it’s sparkling against the nighttime sky. There is something magical about seeing the Eiffel Tower at night so make sure you don’t miss it, after all Paris is known as the “City of Light”!

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For more on what to do in Paris, check out the Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries here.

What were your thoughts on the Eiffel Tower? Is the Eiffel Tower on your must-see list for Paris?

The Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries

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My tour guide in Paris told us that if you were to view every piece of art in the Louvre for 30 seconds from open to close with no breaks for food, bathroom, etc. It would take over 3 months to see everything.

WOW. As one of the worlds largest museums, the Louvre holds around 35,000 pieces of art including the very famous Mona Lisa. Now, I’ll be completely honest with you.. I don’t know much about art nor is learning about art one of my favorite hobbies, BUT the Louvre is definitely worth a stop, even if you only spend an hour inside. Like I said, I don’t know much about art but inside of the most popular museum in the world, I found several pieces of art that I recognized and I’m sure you will too! And of course, you have to go take a “selfie” with Mona 🙂The Louvre || Travel Far, Eat WellDSCN3332DSCN3352

If you’re planning a visit to the Louvre, I would recommend only spending 2-3 hours at most exploring the artwork inside. It’s impossible to see everything in one trip and you’ll go crazy staring at artwork endlessly all day.

After the Louvre, get outside and enjoy some time in the Jardin des Tuileries, it’s located right next to the Louvre and is the perfect place to grab a chair and people watch on a beautiful day, because who doesn’t love people watching?

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My favorite part of the Louvre was getting to see incredible artwork from around the world (and recognizing some of it haha) and of course seeing the world famous Mona Lisa. Before I saw the Mona Lisa in person, I never realized how small the actual painting is! I also really loved walking through the Jardin des Tuileries after spending a few hours in the Louvre. It was an awesome way to unwind and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Have you ever been to the Louvre or Jardin des Tuileries? What was your favorite part? If not, are these places on your bucket list?