It’s easy to cozy into a routine living in France—visiting the same boulangerie, walking the same streets, and returning to favorite wine bars. I was inspired by this post on C’est Christine (and have been meaning to make a Paris bucket list for quite some time!) to draft up the things in Paris I haven’t done yet, and then make it my goal to do all of them—especially now that my thesis is drafted. I would love to hear other recommendations or tips for the things I have listed!
Climb to the top of Sacré Cœur.
See an opera at the Palais Garnier.
Row a boat and picnic in the Bois de Boulogne.
Maybe it’s because I have a fantasy of morphing into a pointillist masterpiece, but I would love to spend a Sunday in the park with or without George.
Take a day trip to Giverny.
Explore the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Walk through all of Paris’ covered passageways.
Walk through the catacombs (with a friend, please!).
Now if I’m being honest the main reason I haven’t done this yet is because I hate waiting in lines, and I always see the line wrapped around and around for the catacombs whenever I pass by Denfert-Rochereau.
Get the city’s history at the Musée Carnavalet.
Go inside Sainte-Chappelle.
See Marie Antoinette’s prison cell at Conciergerie.
Take a tour of the Marais.
The Marais is one of my favorite Paris neighborhoods, and I love learning about the history of the area (perhaps because when I was in-between Paris homes I read Murder in the Marais).
Listen to jazz at Le Caveau de la Huchette.
Get a pastry at Stohrer.
Visit all of Dominique Ansel’s favorite bakeries and pastry shops in Paris.
Things I’ve done before but will do again and again: pop a bottle of champagne on the Seine, buy art prints from the guy that stands outside the Musée Carnavalet on Sundays, eat crêpes in Montparnasse, fondue in Montmartre, and pistachio/chocolate escargots from Du Pain et des Idées, walk up and down the Seine until my feet ache and the Eiffel Tower stops sparkling. ♦