This post was contributed by Amanda Zetah – student at Colorado State University, world-traveler and travel writer.
I was able to visit the beautiful country of France last spring and it is not something I will soon forget. I was only able to visit Paris for a short while, but it took my breath away. I was mesmerized by the old architecture, the delicious food that was completely foreign to me, and the beautiful accents of every French person that I encountered. I’ve compiled a short list of the best streets to visit and treats to sample if you ever find yourself roaming the city of Paris. Bon apetit!
La Duree. I had no idea what this was before I stumbled upon it with some friends. We stopped dead in our tracks when we saw the window display of brightly colored macaroons of all shapes and sizes. My mouth immediately started watering and we wandered inside to find a quaint shop full of sweets. It was equally fancy and adorable; I felt like I had walked onto the set of Amelie. My friend and I decided to sample a Marie Antoinette macaroon and a rose petal macaroon. After they packaged up our sweets and sent us on our way, we headed over to the steps of a nearby cathedral and took our first bites. The sweet and savory dessert melted in my mouth and I immediately regretted not buying more. Make sure to try this quaint little shop if you ever get the chance, I promise you won’t regret it!
The Catacombs. The catacombs are eerie and wonderful all at the same time. I liked them because we have nothing like it here in Colorado and I was able to explore the seemingly haunted underground cemetery. My friends and I wandered the dark tunnels and visited a few too many crypts along the way. I desperately tried not to get lost and I’m so glad I didn’t, because it was like walking through a scary French film. Either way, it was an awesome experience!
Nutella Crepe. One of my favorite treats in all of Europe will always be the Nutella crepe, and I have to say, France knows how to do it best. After meandering around Montmarte, we went to go purchase a few postcards and stumbled upon this French lady making the most delicious crepes around. I was able to watch the whole process of her pouring the batter onto a hot skillet, thinning it out, adding a ton of sugar and a few squeezes of lemon, and then folding it up with a whole dollop of Nutella on top. After that, I had no choice but to purchase one and I swear, I have never tasted something so perfectly decadent and sweet.
Eiffel Tower. This one is obviously a must-do if you ever find yourself in Paris. My friends and I bought a few baquettes and some Brie cheese, then decided to have a small picnic lunch underneath the tower. I recommend seeing this beautiful monument at night around 10 p.m. because it will light up like the world’s biggest disco ball and is sure to take your breath away. The Eiffel Tower definitely lives up to expectations and then some.
Escargot. This one is also a must-do in France. I know it seems scary to eat some snail, but somehow, the French have made this dish absolutely delicious. I had some in a small cafe and they buttered them up, added some garlic and other spices, and soon, I found myself eating an entire plate by myself. As long as you don’t think about the slimy little creature that you are consuming, escargot is a real treat.
Have you ever been to France? What was your favorite part? Leave a comment below!