Traveling to Paris in Christmas is a dream come true for most people, and we actually did it! I was so excited to have my boyfriend with me that I decided to vlog the experience. Unfortunately, I'm not a super awesome vlogger so excuse my video skills, but we had a lot of fun doing it! Sometimes, so much fun we forgot to record whatever we were doing >.<
Anyways, if you're looking to plan a trip to Paris around the winter or the holidays, here are the three mistakes we made in our trip that will help you out immensely!
1. Don't underestimate the weather
We were three days in and decided to go to Disney on the coldest day of our trip.
We looked everywhere for gloves and had to suffer it out in the cold all day and night.
So before our trip, we kept looking for warm coats and jackets, and luckily we found some; but we kept forgetting to look for gloves in Atlanta. We decided to go on a quest for gloves in Paris, and soon completely forgot once we were there until it was too late.
We were three days in and decided to go to Disney on the coldest day of our trip. We looked everywhere for gloves and had to suffer it out in the cold all day and night.
Seems kind of obvious right? As it turned out, a couple of days after that we ran into an H&M store needing socks as well! I highly recommend wool. If you can get away with wearing earmuffs, scarves, sixty layers, and your hotel blanket without feeling foolish, I say go for it.
Paris was freezing, end of story. 😅
2. Plan your meals
Nothing feels worse than paying over $500 for a mediocre meal
Except the loss of your fingers and toes
I hate to admit this, but in the excitement of heading somewhere new, we actually totally forgot that it was Christmas. Go figure, that's also my birthday. Christmas Eve (December 24), and Christmas Day were the most challenging for us finding food, so if you have an "adventurous soul," put that to rest for a day or two and make sure you plan your meals.
We were "lucky" enough to find a restaurant open on Christmas Eve, but it was a pre-set menu. Normally we find those quite exciting, but with no sight of menu or price on the site, we walked in with reservations not knowing what to expect. It's safe to say at this point I did not find the chicken with its leg still attached too appetizing.
As we ate through our 6(ish?) course meal, skipping most of the food, we were served with the biggest surprise of all, the bill. I would say the chicken was giving me a bad feeling, but nothing feels worse than paying over $500 for a mediocre meal, except the loss of your fingers and toes.
Christmas day wasn't any better, Paris itself "opens" a lot of its doors after 11:00 AM we found, and on Christmas day we wandered into whatever was open. On our last morning there we did the same, which actually ended up being the best meal we had so far.
Bistrot des Amis for our last breakfast in Paris, it was awesome.
3. Do Your Homework
It turned out the lawn at the Eiffel was under construction, which made picture taking a difficult two-day conquest.
We got our pictures, but now have 58 Tour Eiffel on the bucket list.
I have to be honest and say overall we were pretty lucky. We went to the Notre Dame Cathedral and swooped right in. We went to the Louvre and headed straight to the Mona Lisa which was very cool. Disney lines were reasonable on Christmas day, but we weren't so lucky at the Eiffel Tower. We hadn't really done our homework, and later discovered that the Eiffel Tower is home to 58 Tour Eiffel, which would have been amazing to dine in, had we done our homework. It turned out the lawn at the Eiffel was under construction, which made the picture taking a difficult two-day conquest. We got our pictures, but now have 58 Tour Eiffel on the bucket list.
Overall the trip was amazing, and we had a hard time thinking up our top 3 Paris Travel Mistakes, watch the Vlog below!