When it came time to plan our honeymoon, France was an obvious choice – we wanted to travel to another country (because I had only been to Canada before) complete with beaches, amazing food and wine, and lots of museums. Those deciding factors plus the fact that French was my minor in college clinched the deal pretty quickly. Plus, having now been there, I really do think there is something to the whole “Paris is the most romantic city in the world” thing, cliche as it may sound.

Our plan was to spend 9 days in Nice along the Southern coast, then take the train up to Paris for the last four days. In Nice we rented an adorable apartment from Riveria Pebbles which I would definitely recommend. True, your bed isn’t made for you every morning, but having a kitchen and a washing machine let us pretend that we were locals, and the awesome European lifestyle was just life as usual. Plus it’s surprisingly cheap!

Nice was gorgeous and a perfect way to start a honeymoon since it has a much more relaxed Meditteranean vibe. It’s also really centrally located, so we were able to take day trips to Monaco and Eze for one Euro apiece. Probably the most memorable (and most strenuous) thing we did was hiking Nietzche’s Path, a steep path that connects the two parts of Eze – definitely some of the most spectacular views on the trip. It’s definitely worth doing if you’re close enough to make the trip! Also, eat at Bar du Coins. Cheapest and best Italian food I’ve ever eaten, enough said.

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In Paris we stayed in a little boutique hotel in Montmartre, which ended up being right next door to Cafe des Deux Moulins which is where a lot of my favorite movie Amelie is filmed. I immediately fell in love with the neighborhood; if you stray out onto the main streets it definitely feels a little touristy but all the back alleys and dimly lit cafes still have a bohemian feel about them and the bars are packed with locals.

I could go on and on about the museums, the architechture, and the art but suffice it to say that it was all fantastic. We were pretty laid back though, and more intent on soaking up the atmosphere than checking things off the to do list. Sitting in a cafe, drinking wine and talking about what you just saw for three hours is almost as fun  than the actual experience itself!

And oh, the shopping. If you’re in Paris, you have to go to Galeries Lafayette, otherwise known as shopping mecca. Besides all the usual range of mid range to couture clothes, they have dozens of cafes and restaurants, a gourmet grocery store, and the most gorgeous decor you’ve even seen. On our trip overall I ended up with a linen Kookai dress, lightweight Mango blazer, Promod belt, San Marina shoes, and a cool lacy tunic from a street vendor (I’m sure I’ll post pictures at some point). Not too shabby right?

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