DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of Europe's largest cities, with 2.2 million people living in the dense, central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area. Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris has the well deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.

 

For some reason, I never had much interest in visiting Paris, I always thought it was such a tourist destination that it might be overrated. I was wrong - there's a reason it's one of the most popular destinations in the world and featured on so many movies, songs, stories, etc. It's a place that feels so alive and full of history, culture, vibrance, romantic charm, architectural splendour and mouth-watering cuisine.  There is no denying it, Paris is one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Also, Paris is one of the most affordable cities to fly into in Europe from the US, so it could also be a great option for a starting / ending point to a trip somewhere else. Ryanair has affordable flights all over Europe and other nearby destinations from Paris, so you could visit more places and save money on flights too!  

 
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General Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See & Do:

  • Rent bikes and ride along the Seine. It's a great way to explore the city and an easy ride. The Paris Mairie (City Hall) operates a Vélib' bike-rental program with thousands of three-speed bikes at hundreds of stations or "service points" around the city. You'll pay €1,70 for a day ticket or €8 for a seven-day ticket, which lets you take an unlimited number of 30-minute journeys. 

 

  • Of course, the Eiffel Tower - it's definitely worth going up for breath taking views! Skip the line by buying a 7-euro ticket to walk up the 1,710 stairs. (If you reserve a table at one of the Eiffel Tower’s restaurants, you also get cut-the-line access.) Also, the Eiffel Tower sparkles for a five-minute show throughout the night, which can be a breath taking site from a bridge over the Seine as someone plays romantic songs on the accordion. 

 

  • Notre Dame - 100+ selfie sticks, 0 hunchbacks. But still awe inspiring and interesting and some great gargoyles too! Free entry. 

 

  •  When I visited the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, I could have stayed for hours ... if it wasn't so crowded and there wasn't so much else to do! I walked upstairs as someone was playing classics on the piano, the cat was napping on the book shelf, the bells of Notre Dame rung outside the window and that vanilla smell of old books filled the air. It was pure magic. *Pro tip: instead of buying a book inside, they sell cheap used books outside which can be stamped with their logo at purchase and make a great affordable gift or souvenir. 

 

  • Wander the streets of Montmartre then watch the sunset at Sacré-Cœur, along with hoards of tourists and as local musicians pluck guitars on the steps. Bring some beers or a bottle of wine and enjoy the sun sinking into this beautiful city. 

 

  • Picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens and people watch or read a book. 

 

  • Marché Bastille is a food market and it is lovely.

 


Jewelry pairing: Dominican republic

  Selene Necklace   $160

Selene Necklace   $160

  Siene Stud Earrings   $46

Siene Stud Earrings   $46

  Anastasia Ring   $70

Anastasia Ring   $70


 

 

  • The Musée D'Orsay is great for a rainy day but keep in mind that you might be waiting outside in line for an hour in the pouring rain like I did… totally worth it and a great selection of pieces by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gaugain, and more. Buy tickets in advance. 

 

  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont  - waterfalls, cliffs and temples are just a few of the beautiful things you can stumble upon while strolling in this park. Situated in the 19th arrondissement. Bring a picnic blanket, a book and relax, or take a stroll through the many paths this park has to offer.

 

  • National Park 

 

  • El Limon

 

  • Whale watching 

 

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  • The Musée D'Orsay is great for a rainy day but keep in mind that you might be waiting outside in line for an hour in the pouring rain like I did… totally worth it and a great selection of pieces by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gaugain, and more. Buy tickets in advance. 

 

  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont  - waterfalls, cliffs and temples are just a few of the beautiful things you can stumble upon while strolling in this park. Situated in the 19th arrondissement. Bring a picnic blanket, a book and relax, or take a stroll through the many paths this park has to offer.

 

  • National Park 

 

  • El Limon

 

  • Whale watching 

 

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  • The Musée D'Orsay is great for a rainy day but keep in mind that you might be waiting outside in line for an hour in the pouring rain like I did… totally worth it and a great selection of pieces by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gaugain, and more. Buy tickets in advance. 

 

  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont  - waterfalls, cliffs and temples are just a few of the beautiful things you can stumble upon while strolling in this park. Situated in the 19th arrondissement. Bring a picnic blanket, a book and relax, or take a stroll through the many paths this park has to offer.

 

  • National Park 

 

  • El Limon

 

  • Whale watching 

 

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EAT & Drink

  • MOLE DE GUANDULES!! Dominican Pigeon Peas and Rice served with just about anything 

 

  • sancocho

 

  • El Cabito - of you go for lunch, you can jump off the cliff to the water and climb up the sketchy later... or sunset @ night

 

  • El Pescador - 

 

 

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    STAY

     

    • Luxury Bahia Principe Samana $$$ - didn't stay here or even visit / sneak in, but I meet some people who worked there, and if you're crazy rich - this might be the spot. Personally, I'd assume its a soulless resort style place that gives you little to no ---- 

     

    • Villa Serena $$ - I was fortunate enough to stay here for a few days and it was pure magic, I highly recommend it if you want to splurge a bit or ----. Included breakfast were lovely... pool, kayaks included to paddle out to the little island, 

     

     

     

     
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