If you have any suggestions for places to see or visit in France, please comment below! I have found some things already, but I would love to hear more from people who have been there recently, or especially people that live there.
The last (and only) time I was in Paris I was 7 years old. It was November of 1993 I believe. We stayed with our family friends who were lucky enough to get relocated to France for work. We did a week in Paris and a week with them (near Normandie I believe?).
Note: all photos from Wikipedia unless otherwise noted.
Paris Trip Ideas
1. Saumur. “The historic town is located between the Loire and Thouet rivers, and is surrounded by the vineyards of Saumur itself, Chinon,Bourgueil, Coteaux du Layon, etc. which produce some of France’s finest wines.” – Wikipedia. It’s about 3-4 hours away from Paris. Definitely going here. Beautiful chateau in Saumur:
2. Tours. Between Paris and Saumur. It’s also known for its wines. This is their town hall (!):
3. The Louvre. I remember going here when I was 7. I brought back a picture book about Monet and the waterlilies called Linnea in Monet’s Garden. I read that book countless times! I wonder if it’s still at my parents’. For me, books revive memories of when and where I was when I got the book, or was reading it. Another example – reading Harry Potter inspires memories of sitting in bed in the summer with the windows open eating pizza bagels. I used to *love* pizza bagels. I should really make them again.
(Book pic from Amazon.)
4. Notre Dame. A gorgeous cathedral. It happens to be famous for its gargoyles. Gargoyles also make me nostalgic. Ha – growing up we had these gargoyle replicas and they had tons of wax on them (I don’t remember if they were candleholders or if they were victims of my brother’s and my wax-coating obsession. What, you didn’t play with candles/fire/wax growing up?). I think we used to tell my sister that’s what she looked like
5. Les Catacombes. An underground ossuary in Paris (“an urn for the bones of the dead” – the root of this word is os, which means bone – like osteoporosis, or ossify). I find bones fascinating, and only slightly creepy.
6. The food. I’m sure we will eat lots of delicious things. I don’t want to make the trip about food though! It’s not all that important to me anymore.
What are your tips for things to do/see/eat in France/Paris?
P.S. If you missed it this other day, click here to see what I’m using to brush up on my French. (It’s working.)