I wanted to share my second installment of Paris like a Local: Unique things to do in Paris! The photo above is the Louvre is sunset! While the Louvre is obviously a top tourist attraction... the sunset is absolutely stunning!
After the Louvre we walk through the gardens. Just hanging out in the Tuileries was one of the favorite things I did on my trip. Even in the winter, the views were stunning. I highly recommend spending time there at sunset... you can see why in these photos!
I love traveling over Christmas because you get to experience your destination at it's most festive time! Paris is definitely no exception. These Christmas carousels were everywhere! We didn't go on one (#travelingwithboysproblems) but seeing them all over the city definitely seemed to extend the holiday spirit!
We kept walking through the gardens and came upon this ferris wheel! Although we didn't get to ride it, it was definitely a site to see! On the other side of the ferris wheel is Champs Elysées and then the Arc de Triomphe (which you can see peeking through).
As far as nightlife goes, our big night out (other than New Years of course) was spent at Queen. Queen was the epitome of a Parisian club. If you are looking for night of drinks and dancing, I highly recommend it! Just be prepared to spend some serious cash... you won't find a drink for less than 15 Euros and there is a 20 Euro cover.
Sunday was spent recovering over brunch at Beaucoup. It was sooooo good and very French. It was a great way to try out a ton of French foods at once. You should definitely come hungry! The first course is an all you can eat buffet with a ton of traditional French foods. Next they bring scrambled AND sunny side up eggs (because who really wants to choose just one) and bacon. AND THEN the third course is chicken or fish with roasted potatoes and a salad. And of course bottomless coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice.
The atmosphere was also great. For a long, leisurely brunch you HAVE to go there.
My final must-do in Paris is a visit to Laduree! It is another pretty touristy activity but it is soooo delish! All the macaroons were tasty, but my favorites were the pistachio, vanilla, and the strawberry candy one.
So there you have it! My guide to how to do Paris like a local (with a few must-do touristy ideas).