I went to Paris, France for 6 nights and 7 days. I’m going to summarize it in my blog as a travelogue.
I visited famous patisseries and spent time relaxing at my favorite museums.
This was my fourth trip to France. This is my fourth trip to France, and I focused on my favorite spots.
I can confidently recommend these places to people who have never been to France before.
I’ve also summarized the amount of money we spent and details of the places we visited, so if you’re planning to go to France, please refer to this page.
Itinerary for a 6-night/7-day trip to France
Day 1: Arrive in France by Eurostar
Day 2: Visit the “Monet House” of the impressionist painter
Day 3: Shopping around the Marais
Day 4: Visit the Orangery Museum and Ladurée
Day 5: Visit Vendome flea market and patisseries
Day 6: Walk around Montmartre and visit the Arc de Triomphe
Day 7: Return to Japan from Charles de Gaulle Airport
I love sweets, so I enjoyed visiting patisseries and mainly shopping.
This is the first part of the first four days of the trip.
・Mother and daughter traveling together
・I like to buy sundries and souvenirs.
・I like chocolate and sweets, and often go to cafes.
・I like chocolate and sweets.
・I travel mainly by subway and bus.
I think this will be a good reference for women’s travel and couples travel!
Day 1: Arrive at Gare du Nord in Paris, France by Eurostar
This time I came from London to France by Eurostar. Our arrival point was Gare du Nord in Paris.
I heard that the place is not very safe, so I took a quick cab from the cab stand at Gare du Nord.
It was a bit congested in the evening, but I was able to get to the hotel for 23 euros ($28) after a 30-minute ride.
Cabs in France are not that expensive, so I think you can use them conveniently when there is little traffic.
Checking into the hotel
And we arrived at the hotel safely. This time, I’ll be staying at the Ibis Style Paris Bercy for six nights.
Paris has a lot of expensive and small rooms, but this one cost less than $100 a night and the rooms are spacious! This was the most affordable hotel with great reviews.
By the way, I recommend Expedia for booking. If you register your email address and other information, you can become a member for free and stay at a hotel at a discounted member-only price.
I always use Expedia for my hotel reservations.
A safe place to stay, clean and highly recommended. If you are looking for an affordable hotel in Paris, this is a great place to stay.
There’s also a desk in the room, which is convenient for eating and doing your makeup.
The hotel is stylish in design.
From the window of my room, I can see the shopping center, Bercy Villages!
Bercy Villages is one of the newer shopping centers in Paris. It is a stylish spot renovated from a wine warehouse.
It has restaurants and supermarkets, and is very convenient. This hotel is located right in front of Bercy Villages.
I went to Bercy Villages every day during my stay.
Finding my favorite restaurant in Bercy Villages for dinner
It was already around 7:00 p.m., so we left our luggage at the hotel and headed to Bercy Villages.
I’ve been here before, but it seems to have become a more popular spot with more stores.
On this day, we had dinner at Vapiano Bercy, a restaurant where risotto and pasta are made by hand in front of you. Both the pasta and risotto cost about 12 euros ($14.60), and I was able to enjoy a delicious meal at a reasonable price.
Basic information about Vapiano Bercy
・Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00
・Closed: No regular holidays
・Address: 60 Cour Saint-Emilion, 75012 Paris
Day 2: Longing to visit Monet’s house
On the second day, we went to the house of the impressionist painter Monet, which I have always wanted to visit.
Monet’s house is located in Giverny, a rather rural town.
We signed up for a half-day tour and were taken to Monet’s house. (Reference: [France] Tour of Claude Monet’s House and Gardens and Palace of Versailles: $96.72 from Paris)
You can take this tour for only half a day and go to Monet’s house. It helps that Monet’s house is so far from Paris!
The tour will meet at the department store Lafayette, from where you will take a bus.
After an hour and a half on the bus, we arrived at Monet’s house
After about an hour and a half, we arrived at Giverny, the town where Monet lived. As soon as we entered Monet’s house, we were greeted by a large garden.
The pink building is Monet’s home.
In his later years, Monet loved flowers so much that he said, “Thanks to flowers, I became a painter. When he was not painting, he spent most of his time working in his garden.
The garden that Monet cherished so dearly is still protected in the way he tended it.
The garden is always filled with colorful flowers.
It was very cute.
Let’s go inside Monet’s house
According to the guide, Monet’s house is very crowded, so we decided to take a quick look at the garden and go inside.
The house is decorated with many paintings.
I was particularly surprised to find that many of the paintings were Japanese Ukiyo-e.
By the way, all the Ukiyo-e are real, while the European paintings are reproductions.
I had heard that Monet loved Japan, but I was shocked to see how many Ukiyo-e he had displayed in his home.
The dining room, where the whole family would have been, is all Ukiyo-e.
I wonder if there was a craze for Japonism back then.
In addition, there’s a lovely bedroom.
The living room had a bunch of big paintings on display, and they were amazing!
It is very clear that Monet loved both his home and his garden.
To the garden with the pond, where he painted the water lilies
A small underground passage from the garden leads to a garden with a pond. This is the pond where Monet painted his masterpiece “Water Lilies”.
Ah, Monet painted those water lilies here, I am deeply moved…
This is the first time I’ve ever seen it.
Not just a pond, but a lovely colorful pond with beautiful flowers.
It was not yet time for the water lilies to bloom, but the colorful flowers were soothing.
It was really nice to come to the place where Monet had painted the water lilies.
Shopping at the museum shop
Shopping at the museum store on the premises. I’ve never seen so many Monet items in my life!
How is it different from the souvenirs at the Orangery Museum in Paris? By far, Monet’s House has a larger variety of souvenirs.
If you find something you like here, don’t hesitate to buy it!
There were all kinds of Monet goods, from standard items like mugs and large posters to handbags and scarves.
Cards were available in various sizes.
I was very happy to be able to buy the mugs and mirrors that I was interested in.
Now, we are back on the bus to return to Paris.
Basic information about Monet’s House (Fondation Lord Monet)
・Opening hours: 9:30 – 18:00
・Closed: No regular holidays
・Address: 84 Rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny
・Nearest station: Gare de Vernon-Giverny
Back in Paris, we had lunch at a cafe we passed by.
On the way back, I took a nap and arrived in Paris in no time. We got off near Lafayette again, and came to the Louvre.
We were getting hungry, so we had lunch at a cafe we passed by.
I snapped up a large quiche. I ordered the tomato quiche, which cost 5 euros ($6.08) each.
It was juicy with layers of sliced tomatoes. It was a healthy lunch for me.
Walking down the souvenir street in front of the Louvre
The Rue de Rivoli in front of the Louvre is lined with many souvenir shops. At first glance, the stores look similar, but if you look closely, you will see that the souvenirs they sell are slightly different, so it is fun to browse through the stores.
I was happy to buy a pouch embroidered with the Eiffel Tower here. I knew French souvenirs would be cute!
I felt that many of the standard magnets from France had cute designs. The French bread magnet is my favorite.
Lounging in the Tuileries Park
It was a beautiful day, so we relaxed in the Tuileries Park, which is connected to the Louvre.
This is a very large park where Parisians spend their time napping, reading, and doing whatever they want.
When I saw how everyone was spending their time freely and leisurely, I realized that Europeans are good at spending happily without spending money.
I was happy to spend a little time here, dozing off.
We returned to the hotel early that day, passing through the pink Arc de Triomphe at the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe Carrousel.
Lazy shopping and dinner time at Bercy Villages near the hotel.
Day 2, end!
Day 3: Sainte-Chapelle & Shopping in Paris
A shower of light. Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral
On the third day, we first went to Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral, famous for its stained glass windows.
We were told that it would be better to go early in the morning as it takes a long time to enter the building due to the luggage inspection. I was excited because I was looking forward to seeing the stained glass windows.
The entrance fee is 10 euros ($12), but you can also enter with a museum pass. (Reference: What is a museum pass, essential for sightseeing in Paris? How to buy and use it)
The line to buy tickets seems to be quite long, so a museum pass or online reservation in advance is recommended. →Sainte-Chapelle official website
After buying the ticket, we finally entered the church. I was told that the large stained glass windows were on the second floor, so I went up the stairs.
The moment I reached the top of the stairs, I couldn’t help but exclaim, “Wow…! I couldn’t help but exclaim.
What can I say about this beauty?
I’ve never been in a place that impressed me so much.
The stained glass windows are painted in detail one by one.
The paintings are so delicate and beautiful that you can’t help but sigh. This is the first time I’ve been to a museum in Japan.
With my hair on the back of my head, I looked at the souvenir shop on the first floor and left the church.
Basic information about Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral
・Opening hours: 9:00 – 13:00, 14:15 – 17:00 (depending on the season and day of the week)
・Closed: Jan. 1, May 1, Dec. 25
・Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
・Access: 3 minutes walk from metro line 4, Cité
Notre Dame, the site of the fire.
From Sainte-Chapelle, we walked to Notre Dame Cathedral. I was curious about Notre Dame after the fire, and decided to walk around and have a look at it. 6 years ago, when I first came to France, I visited this place, which holds dear memories for me.
There was a barrier near Notre Dame that prevented us from getting close to it anymore.
I heard that the wooden part of the building was pretty much burnt down, but if this is how the restoration will go, I can only hope.
I hope that I will be able to see it in all its beauty again.
On this day, many tourists gathered to see Notre Dame, if only for a little while.
When the day comes when I can see it again, I will definitely visit, I decided.
To the kitchenware district of Paris
Leaving Notre Dame, we came to a place where Parisian kitchenware is gathered. The name of the store is “La Bovida”.
The pottery is designed to hold terrines. The small ones start at 4 euros ($4.86). It’s cute and chunky.
Basic information about La Bovida
Opening hours: Mon-Fri/9:30-19:00, Sat/10:00-19:00
Address: 36 Rue Montmartre, 75001 Paris
Access: 2 min. walk from Les Halles subway station (line 4)
Sandwiches for lunch at the cafe.
After browsing through the kitchenware, I found a cute cafe and had lunch.
It was a luxurious sandwich with lots of dried tomatoes and blue cheese. I can’t eat a sandwich with so many ingredients in Japan!
The total price for the sandwich and tea was about 10 euros ($12). It was a very tasty lunch.
We were a bit tired from walking, so we took a rest. I’m not sure what to make of it.
French goods are so cute!
After lunch, we went to a general store called “Fleux”. The French goods are very cute and irresistible…!
There are a lot of plates and cups with Parisian pop pictures on them.
We bought two plastic, unbreakable cups.
This store had a lot of colorful and French goods that I really enjoyed looking at.
Some chocolates with the Eiffel Tower on them.
Fleux’s basic information
Opening hours: 11:00 – 20:00 (may vary depending on the day of the week)
Closed: Basically, no holidays.
Address: 39 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris
Access: 4 minutes walk from Hôtel de Ville subway station (lines 1 and 11)
Visit Mariage Frères, France’s leading tea brand
One of the places I was very happy to visit on this trip was Mariage Frères. It is a tea shop with a history of over 150 years from Paris.
As I entered the store, I saw the Salon de Thé, so I decided to have some tea.
The price is about 10 euros ($12), but I think it’s not that expensive since you can get 4 cups in a very large pot.
The tea is very delicious and I was very impressed with it.
The tea has a sweet aroma and is like a sweet treat. But the aftertaste is refreshing and not at all stale.
This is the first time in my life that I have tasted such a delicious black tea.
After having a leisurely cup of tea, I decided to buy some tea leaves that I liked.
A box of 30 tea bags cost 17 euros ($20). I’m looking forward to tea time at home.
Mariage Frères is also located inside the Louvre, so stop by for a break.
Basic information about Mariage Frères (Marais district)
・Opening hours: 10:00 – 12:00, 13:30 – 19:00
・Closed: Basically, no holidays.
・Address: 35 Rue du Bourg Tibourg, 75004 Paris, France
・Access: 4 minutes walk from Hôtel de Ville subway station (lines 1 and 11)
A chocolate store created by a French master
Now we moved on to the Bastille. We came to Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, a chocolate store by French master Alain Ducasse.
There are stores in Tokyo such as Nihonbashi and Roppongi, but I wanted to try chocolates made in Paris.
Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse’s chocolates are rich, mellow, fragrant, and very delicious.
At the Bastille store, there was a beautiful Japanese staff member who explained many things to us. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but I think it’s a good idea.
We bought two day-old tablets and a praline that we were allowed to taste and enjoyed.
It’s a great place to visit if you like chocolate.
Basic information about Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse (near Place de la Bastille)
・Opening hours: 10:30 – 19:00
・Address: 40 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris
・Access: 3 minutes walk from metro line 5 “Bréguet-Sabin”.
After this, we went back to the hotel for dinner. This was the end of the third day of shopping.
Day 4: Visit the Orangerie Museum and Ladurée café
To my favorite Orangerie Museum
Day 4 started with my favorite museum, the Orangerie Museum.
The Orangerie Museum is where Monet’s series of water lilies are displayed. It is located in the Tuileries Park.
This museum was designed by Monet in his later years to display his series of water lilies.
There are two rooms decorated with four large water lilies, which are a sight to behold.
It’s such a blessing to be able to relax and watch the water lilies so close.
It’s a lovely space that you can gaze at forever.
The Musee de l’Orangerie is a collection of paintings by impressionist painters, not just Monet’s water lilies.
The paintings by Renoir, who was a great friend of Monet, are also beautiful to admire.
It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for something new and different.
If you are a fan of impressionist painters, this is a must-visit.
Basic information about the Orangery Museum
・Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
・Closed on Tuesdays
・Address: Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris
・Access: 5 minutes walk from Concorde subway lines 1, 8, and 12.
Relaxing lunch at Tuileries Park
For lunch, we had a slice of pizza from Tuileries Park.
It’s a happy time, sitting in front of the fountain, soaking up the sun.
After visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie, I thought spending time in the Tuileries Park was a very peaceful and luxurious way to spend time.
Go to the Champs-Elysées and Ladurée cafes
Moving on from the Tuileries Gardens, we came to the Champs-Elysées. The Arc de Triomphe is still a sight to behold.
I was wondering if I should climb the Arc de Triomphe, but the weather was a little bit not so good, so I decided to climb it another day.
We decided to have tea at Ladurée.
The Ladurée café is my favorite place in France. It’s a cute place with sweets and everything!
I ordered a cup of tea and a strawberry tart. The mini financier that came with the tea was also excellent.
The chocolate cake was also very good, with a hazelnut aroma to match.
The restaurant was gorgeously decorated, and I felt like I was transported back to the Middle Ages. This is the kind of café you want to come back to every time you visit France.
Of course, you can also just buy macarons and other sweets and leave.
Basic information about Ladurée Champs-Elysées
・Opening hours: 7:30 – 23:00 (until 22:00 on Sundays)
・Closed: Basically, no holidays.
・Address: 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
・Access: 3 minutes walk from George V subway line 1
Go to Monoprix supermarket on the Champs-Elysées.
After relaxing at Ladurée, we went to Monoprix, a Parisian supermarket on the Champs-Elysées. The renovation work was finished and it was very easy to see.
Monoprix on the Champs Elysees is a great supermarket to stock up on French souvenir goods.
A wide variety of both general merchandise and food souvenirs are available.
The store is very spacious, so a leisurely shopping experience is recommended.
▼ The following article will give you a list of the best souvenirs to buy at the French supermarket Monoprix.
Basic information about Monoprix Champs Elysees store
・Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:30
・Closed: Basically, no holidays.
・Address: 52 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
・Access: 6 minutes walk from George V subway line 1
Buy the best truffle salt in the gourmet city of Madeleine.
Moving on from the Champs-Élysées, we came to the Place de la Madeleine, where fine food is available.
We wanted to visit this truffle store, Maison de la Truffle.
A variety of luxurious products such as truffle olive oil and truffle pasta.
Truffle salt is also readily available, starting at 12 euros ($14.60), so if you like truffles, you should definitely buy some. You can even taste it.
The Madeleine neighborhood is a gathering place for Fochon and other fine Parisian foods. If you are a gourmet, this is the place to be.
Basic information about Maison de la Truffe
・Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:30
・Address: 19 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris
・Access: 2 minutes walk from Madeleine (subway lines 8, 12, 14)
The Madeleine Temple, which I had never been in
We stopped by the Madeleine Temple, which we had never been to before. It has very large pillars and is very powerful.
There are also several bronze statues with impressive expressions lined up, which is cool.
Of course, the inside of the church was also very well built.
What a beautiful temple with beautiful ceiling paintings. It’s a beautiful temple.
I was happy to see it slowly since I was always just passing by.
I’m not sure if this is a good idea, but it’s a good idea.
The cost of eating out is very high in France, so I’m making good use of supermarkets and delicatessens as I travel.
See you in the second half.
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