Winter Magic in Paris

 
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One of the most exciting things about visiting Europe this past winter was Paris. All of my friends know that I dreamed of going to Paris and  dispite that I was only there for 2 days, I was wanderstuck and fell in love. 

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First off, if you plan on visiting Paris for more than 2 days, I would suggest checking out the Paris Pass. Depending on which package you choose, you get an overall discount on tourist attractions and transportation. 

Holy Belly

Our first taste of Paris was at Holy Belly and let me just tell you, they have the best purple rice porridge. Even to this day, I crave for it sigh. Every weekend, the chefs creates a unique special dish. For us, we got to try their spin on Huevos Rancheros. Everday, people wait hours early before the doors open, and even in the cold, there was still a long line outside.

Notre-Dame Cathedral 

The Notre-Dame is a French Gothic Cathedral and was open on New Years Eve. Entry is free but for tours and upstairs access, there is a fee. The flying buttresses is an inconic architectural innovation. We only got the chance to see the main space but I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to see an aerial view of the city from above. 

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St. Chapelle

What seemed like an ordinary church on the outside, turned out to be a magnificent beauty inside with an overflow of colors. Known for its Gothic style, St. Chapelle was designed by Pierre de Montreuil and acted as a living quarter for the royalty until the 14th century. 

Eiffel Tower 

We spent our New Years Eve counting down the last seconds of 2016. It was truely a memorable experience and I can now say that I spent midnight in paris. Funny thing is, we watched the movie before we headed out for the New Years countdown. Locals were parading with their champagne and streamers while the iconic tower glistened in the fog. 

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As we mentioned in our Europe Hacks Video, even though it was very cold, we walked everywhere which brought us more magical discoveries of the quiet Paris I imagined it would be. The thin layer of snow and crisp morning air on New Years Day only made me fall in love with the picturesque city.  

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When we came to visit Paris, we did not account for New Years Festivities and how restricting it would be for us to experinece attractions. Because shops were closed early, we decided to take advantage of the uncrowded streets and strolled along Parisan architecture and eat steaming street crepes. 

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My European adventures ended with on a great notes becuase Paris was truely a magical experience. For those who plan on visting, take the effort to walk around this historical city. You'll never know what you'll stumble on as you wander aimlessly on the streets of Paris. 

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Stay young and keep exploring! 

Anne