An American in Paris (Sightseeing + Food Adventures)

Friends, I have so much I want to share from my adventures in Europe! Let’s start with the beginning of the trip, in Paris.


I was there with two of my best friends from college, Kris and Turner (whose real name is Laura… that’s her nickname). Kris lives/works in Paris, and Turner was enjoying a summer fellowship for her PhD program in Giverny, about an hour outside Paris. Clearly I had to make the push and visit while they were both there!


We were lucky to have absolutely stunning weather for the majority of the trip, and took advantage with lots of outdoor walking time. We must have walked a thousand miles each day, and I loved it.


I’ve been to Paris before and have seen most of the main touristy spots, so instead of doing all the museums we mostly just enjoyed strolling around, enjoying each other’s company, and eating some delicious food. :)




These lover’s locks cover many of the city’s bridges – apparently they are so heavy they actually make the bridge railings fall down every so often and need to be replaced! The city isn’t a huge fan of the tradition for that reason, as you can imagine…





On the food front, we had falafel (and I randomly also got carrot juice) in Le Marais, a historic district of Paris that’s fun to walk around (and is where the best falafel lives):


Enjoyed some macarons for dessert:


Sampled the pastries all around town (my favorites are the apple pastries!):




Enjoyed rosé along the Canal Saint-Martin (cool area to hang out – hipster central):



We had dinner that night at a wonderful place along the canal called La Marine – worth checking out if you’re in the area. Escargot ftw! And a cheese plate for dessert, so French of us. ;)

La Marine Paris

Another dinner recommendation is Rue Montparnasse, where there are a ton of cute crepe cafes.


The savory crepes are made with a really good and hearty buckwheat flour, while the sweet crepes are made with normal lighter flour. I had a ham, cheese, and tomato for my entrée, and shared an apple caramel crepe with Kris for dessert. Plus cider, the standard accompaniment to the crepes!

crepes Paris

Another highlight was a recommendation from many of you: Angelina’s! It’s a beautiful, posh (and very popular – be prepared to wait) tearoom. We went one afternoon after walking a million miles, ready for a snack, and shared an assortment of pastries, espresso, and hot chocolate. :)

angelinas paris



Coming up tomorrow: stay tuned for a fun post about running/urban adventure boot camping in Paris. I was very well carbo-loaded for my workouts, that’s for sure. ;)


  1. 1

    Yay! Great recap! :) Come baaaaaack…………

  2. 3

    Aaah I’m French but interning in Ireland right now and you’ve just made me miss all the food like crazy!! Hmmm all the pastries yum!! And the galettes!! (correct name for savory crêpes). They are my favorite, they really are the best!! And I love that you had them the traditional way with cider, couldn’t get any better than that!

  3. 4

    Great post! :) Your pictures look wonderful too. COME BACKK!!

  4. 5

    Totally jealous now, this takes me right back. I’m reading everything with an accent!
    The thing I miss the most is the food. Seriously good food is so hard to find in Australia. Through Europe on the other hand, I can pick up a jambon et fromage baguette from a bus terminal and it tastes better than something served in a restaurant here!

  5. 7

    Incredible! I went to Paris right after high school on a Europe tour and would love to go back as “an adult” on my own. It’s funny my husband lived in Europe for 2 years, traveled all over, but never got to Paris. I think we probably need to go back. Looking forward to more recaps!

  6. 9

    Lucky you. Food looks great. Glad you are safely back home

  7. 10

    Your pictures are so pretty! Paris is such a fun and beautiful city to visit.

  8. 11

    I just went to Paris and stayed on Rue Montparnasse! How funny!

  9. 12

    The food looks sensational!!! Looks like you were blessed with the weather too! Love the coral dress!

  10. 13

    Fun pics Anne! I went to Paris 3 years ago and only had 4 hours! The only thing I remember trying food wise was an incredible rose gelato creation in the back streets! The pastries look great!

  11. 14

    Those pastries from Angelina’s are gorgeous… and I love escargot, I can’t even imagine how good it is in Paris! Sounds like such a fun trip with friends:)

  12. 15

    Looks like you had a great time with your friends. See your photos reminds me of how pretty Paris is. It’s making me want to go back!

  13. 16

    I hate being that girl, but macarons and macaroons are very different things!

  14. 18

    What an amazing girls trip! Sometimes I think doing non-tradition non-touristy things while traveling is a better way to really get to know the culture :)

  15. 19

    Paris looks amazingly beautiful! That’s definitely a place I would like to visit one day. Your food pictures are making me hungry!

  16. 20

    I LOVE PARIS!!!! Living in London I’m lucky enough to be able to jump on the Eurostar, but absolutely do not go enough! Angelina’s is so lovely, definitely going back next time I’m there :) Did you make it to london? Jess

  17. 22

    I think we’re all drooling right now!

  18. 23

    Paris looks beautiful! I think I need to go find a crepe restaurant in Chicago to hold me over until I can book a trip to Paris!

  19. 24

    I love Paris! I went a few years ago with my sister, and seeing the pics of you and your friends brings back so many memories; keep the pictures coming! I absolutely love the dress you’re wearing in the pics–please divulge where you found it! Such a great fit on you!

  20. 26

    Second the falafel!

  21. 27
    Roadrunner says

    Tres bien, merci beaucoup!

  22. 28

    I will be in Paris for the first time in November.. Little nervous.

  23. 29

    Wow that all looks amazing, especially the hot chocolate. i have only been once many years ago and would love to go back. Love to!

  24. 30

    Such beautiful pics! Looks like a wonderful trip. You are making me want to go back to Europe!

  25. 31

    Wow! This looks like so much fun. I’ve never been to Europe but might go next year, so I really enjoyed reading this and can’t wait to see your other recaps! :)

  26. 32

    You’re awesome! Looks like a great trip and glad you could take advantage of such a fun opportunity with your friends. Can’t wait to read more! Next trip, San Diego?!

  27. 34

    Wow looks like an amazing trip! Love all the food pictures.

  28. 35

    I love your travel posts. My mirror neurons must really go to work, because I swear I feel happier and more relaxed after looking at these gorgeous pictures.

  29. 37

    I assume you got your felafel in the Jewish Quarter…did you have to queue? We did but it was soooo worth it! Nearly impossible to eat in a civilised manner because it was so big and unco but it would have to be one of the best I’ve ever had anywhere around the world!!


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