Paris is always a good idea

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While there are many, many places I’d love to travel, Paris has been at the top of my list for as long as I can remember. Sadly, I’ve done very little traveling and have never been to Paris or anywhere else in Europe. I made it a goal in 2012 to travel to Paris and London by my 30th, but things didn’t work out as planned. Then I made it a new goal to travel before my 31st next month, but that didn’t work out, either.

But in 52 days, just one month after my 31st birthday, I’ll be traveling to Paris, London, and Rome with Alaina. Our flights were booked last week but it still doesn’t feel real to me and probably won’t until I’m walking those beautiful city streets. This is something I’ve dreamed of for as long as I can remember, and I can’t believe it’s finally happening. I am so excited and so unbelievably grateful for the chance to finally visit Europe. I’m going to Paris, London, and Rome!Β 

Have you been to any of these places? Any tips? What (aside from the obvious) do I have to see?

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  • Chelsea Mac

    Paris is absolutely always a good idea! What a super fun trip!! Definitely go roam the streets in Montmartre in the evenings. I am so jealous!!

  • Mary De Bastos

    YES!!! This is so exciting!!!

    Paris is the most beautiful city. One of my favourites and I can't wait to go back. Because it is your first time you should definitely hit up the touristy things. Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, etc. You don't want to miss out on them. They are worth it!

    Keep your bags close to you in Paris. The pickpockets are ridiculous. Also, watch out for scams. Use your head. They pop up in the most unlikely places.

    Have fun!

  • Heather

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations!

  • Dana

    So exciting!! I love all three places and could never pick a favorite. My advice is to try and not plan too much, save plenty of time for just wandering and taking it all in!

  • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

    I've been to all three! Rome is absolutely amazing – you have to go to the colliseum, it's just overwhelming in person. Take warm clothes (and good walking boots) for London – it is always colder than you think it will be!

  • Ladies in Navy

    yay! how exciting and congrats!
    kw ladies in navy

  • Robyn

    Been to all 3. Love Paris! It's always a good idea!

  • RosaLovesDC

    This is so exciting. I am glad you are getting to do this this year.
    Have a wonderful trip.

  • Jackie

    Oh my goodness, Danielle, I'm so happy for you! And slightly jealous, but just a little bit. πŸ™‚ I've been to Paris and Rome and Rome was definitely my favorite. Everything about Italy was magical. Can't wait to hear more about your trip!

  • nora @ lovemotivated blog

    that's awesome! i'm so excited to read about your travels and of course the pictures!

  • Clare

    My family just did a 10 day trip to London in June – it was so wonderful – my post here has some of the restaurants and places we went, highly recommended!!

    Have so much fun, Paris is magical, and I've never been to Rome but I hear it is enchanting!

  • Steph Sterjovski

    Yay!! I am so excited for you πŸ™‚ I can't wait to see all of your euro trip pics!

  • Laurie

    I second the Montmartre recommendation! It was my favorite part of Paris. I always regret that on my first visit to Paris, as a poor college freshman, I didn't buy a painting from one of the artists in the Place du Tertre. I remember eating dinner outside in the square, under the lights, on a perfect Parisian spring evening, and I felt like I was in a movie. Looking back, it may have been very touristy, but it felt magical at the time. I definitely want to go back and experience that again.

    And Rome and Italy are the best! Whatever restaurant I ate in, I usually ordered whatever pasta was homemade, and I was never disappointed. It's not Paleo, but it was so good. I loved the Villa Borghese museum and gardens in Rome, so idyllic. I also loved all the open air food markets; the one in Campo de' Fiori was my favorite. And I remember there being alot of cute shops with unique house and home products nearby. We had the Rick Steve's guidebooks with us, and followed his walking tours of the fountains and monuments through Rome and loved every one.


  • Jane {In the Pink and Green}

    That's so amazing! You'll have the best time in Europe πŸ™‚ I went to London, Paris, and Rome back in 2010 but I have been dying to go back! xoxo

  • michelle

    SO exciting!!!! i can't wait to see all the pictures! you ladies deserve a great trip!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    So jealous! I imagine you must be pretty excited. There are a number of places I would love to travel to in Europe–including those cities! Hopefully I will get to London next spring for study abroad!


  • Dora

    Oh, I bet you are going to have such a fabulous time! So jealous!

  • H. Cuperus

    That is so exciting! I am sure you will have a great time. Hopefully you will keep us updated so your blog followers can live vicariously through you.

  • Andrea

    Awww so exciting!! I've been to all of these places and I've love every single one!! I have to admit though, I love Rome the most! The city is absolutely breathtaking! Just grab a table at a crowded piazza, order a bottle of Chianti and spend an afternoon people watching! Best entertainment there is. πŸ˜‰
    No seriously, you'll love it!!! πŸ™‚
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous


    i had never been to europe before, and i just went with my husband to rome (back in may). it is wonderful – you will love it! one of our favorite places was a little enoteca by termini station … i colori del vino enoteca (corner of via flavia and via aureliana) – amazing wine and the guy who owns it (marco) is so knowledgeable. we went there twice and let him pick our wines. also:
    -annicinquannta pizzeria (right down the street from the wine bar) – seriously the best pizza we had all trip. so delicious
    -l'enotecantica (via della croce, near the spanish steps) – another great wine bar with delicious food. super busy at lunchtime with roman locals.
    -ai tre scalini (via panisperna, sort of near the colosseum) – DELICIOUS Food. they have this ricotta cheese with truffle honey antipasti? i almost died.

  • lauren | eyes/ears/mouth+lens

    I'm SO excited for you both!! I just got back from living in London all summer and got to travel to Paris and Rome so I can give you TONS of suggestions if you want them!! Email me and let me know πŸ™‚ I'd LOVE to share.

  • Elizabeth Daisy.

    All favourite cities of mine, despite living in England I don't get the chance to visit London as much as I'd like due to the cost of travel and accommodation! Paris is my favourite city though, the architecture, the style, the atmosphere and of course it's so romantic! I love to stop in Laduree on the Champs Elysee! As for Rome, the food is beyond delicious – I love my carbs though so it was utter heaven. Plenty of beautiful boutiques to see and you must see all the famous sites! The weather will be gorgeous when you visit – the perfect time!


    Elizabeth x

  • Spends2Much

    I've spent almost a month in each of Paris and Rome, and love them both. I have yet to visit a museum in Paris! The Musee D'Orsay and the Picasso Museum would be good ideas, but unless you adore art and have a lot of time, the Louvre just seems like a lot of work. Take the train to Versailles, though! It's amazing.
    In Rome, just pop into as many amazing old churches as you can- and the Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel is worth the effort. The rest of the time, wander the streets, go to the Forum (get your Coliseum ticket there to avoid the lines). Eat and drink with abandon, and worry about it later. (Also eat late, and long, like a European)
    Have a great time!

  • Sam (Savvy City Chic)

    Ahhh I am so jealous!!! I am in love with London and I haven't been to Paris in years, but I remember it being so pretty.


    good for you – so exciting! I need to visit Europe again. I have only been once, but never to Pairs! I looks like heaven!

  • birdie to be

    How exciting! You guys will have a blast! Such amazing places to visit! I just went to Italy for the first time and did a full recap on my blog. Here is a link to our recap in Rome: I included some great restaurants and yummy gelato places!

  • Stacey

    This is so exciting! I love all these cities, although Rome is my favourite! I went to Paris earlier this year and fell in love with it all over again!

    There's a few posts over on my blog about Paris
    and if you want I can email you a list my friend who lived in Paris sent me!


    Five Minute StyleΒ 

  • Lenka

    I suggest checking out some of the countryside in France and Italy, there's more to Europe than just the cities! Have fun!

  • thischarmingday

    Congratulations! You must, must, must go on the Batobus at night in Paris. It slowly trudges up the Seine and allows you to see the city lit up beautifully. It by far is one of my all time favorite memories ever. I'm heading to London for the first time at the beginning of October myself. The list is LONG of things so see but I can't wait! Bon Voyage!

  • Liane Pamuspusan

    This is a very exciting trip!! I'm sure both of you will have fun!

    @ Rome make the trek down to Trastevere (it's a bus ride away from Rome's centro storico). Stroll down the narrow streets and you'll see cute little shops. Also eat at La Scaletta (the Pasta Amatriciana is to die for!)

  • Moggsy

    You must go to Borough Market in London – foodie heaven! And then walk along the Thames past the Globe Theatre when your belly is full. And don't miss the Monmouth Coffee – worth queuing for.

  • Nina

    Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy your trip!!! I've been to both Paris and London, not Rome (yet!!) – I would suggest getting lost in Paris for a couple of hours. The must see in Paris aside from the obvious are the real city side streets. Having you try to find a particular cafe or boutique in Paris is useless, just enjoy what you find because there is no doubt that what you find will be amazing! In London (aside from the obvious) I would suggest going to the Zenna Bar in Soho – the absolute best atmosphere and the most amazing cocktails I've ever had!

  • Nina

    Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy your trip!!! I've been to both Paris and London, not Rome (yet!!) – I would suggest getting lost in Paris for a couple of hours. The must see in Paris aside from the obvious are the real city side streets. Having you try to find a particular cafe or boutique in Paris is useless, just enjoy what you find because there is no doubt that what you find will be amazing! In London (aside from the obvious) I would suggest going to the Zenna Bar in Soho – the absolute best atmosphere and the most amazing cocktails I've ever had!

  • Nicole

    In Rome, you must grab a Bellini at The Hassler Hotel on top of the Spanish Steps. It's where Princess Diana's favorite Bellini is! I was there just last year and the same bartender that served her was still pouring drinks. So fun πŸ™‚

  • Bonnie

    Paris: Check out the bar/club "Le Showcase." It's built into the stunning bridge "point Alexandre III." The architecture of the club is unreal! If you show up before clubbing hours you'll catch great jazz and indie bands.


  • Robyn Barros

    I went to Paris and London in April. We stayed at the Ampersand Hotel while in London and I absolutely loved it. Great accommodations (super stylish too). You can see a few photos here:

  • Rosamapose

    How exciting!! I'm making it a goal to go before my 25th next spring-or at least in honor of it by the end of the year. I minored in French in college and took classes for an entire decade but have never gone to a French speaking country! Paris is tops on my list. Have fun, I can't wait to hear all about it!

    Blonde in this City

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