Paris France restaurant

Let me start off by saying that this trip is super special!

1) My family is in Paris

(we’re reuniting after not seeing each other for 1 year!!!)

2) Reconnecting with my Parisian pals

Catching up on Erasmus days and some fun around town

3) My b-day!

What better way to celebrate than with my amazing peeps. I’m not sure if it’s the city or what but my heart is so full of love <3

malro paris with family
Being with family these last few days has been amazing. We picked up right where we left off. We re-visited Cafe Central for dinner right across from the hotel and planned the next 9 days. We were in Paris just a few years ago for Christmas but I find the city is totally different in the summer and I quite like the fine outdoor dining and long walks along the Seine in the warm summer air.
cafe central paris

Here are some of the city highlights from the first full day in Paris:

  • The Eiffel Tower (obvi)
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus ride (no this is not some rap song) – hands down the easiest, laziest, and the most tourist-y way to see all of the main monuments around town in one go. Bonus: amazing angles for photos!
  • Enjoying multiple glasses of a summertime favorite, Aperol Spritz, on the terrace
aperol spritz cafe central
  • Meeting my friend’s adorable, cuddly cat Anna
  • Dinner at Malro’s with the Parisian bff’s
  • Cocktails at L’Eclair with mum
Paris public transportation tip: if you are visiting Paris for more than a few days I highly recommend a weekly metro pass. The metro card costs 28 euros and grants you unlimited access to public transportation throughout Paris for the week.
I have to say that getting to Paris was such a breeze and helped make my experience enjoyable from the start. I booked my train ticket through the Thaly’s website (discovered a great deal just days before booking using Omio) and made it to Paris well under 4 hours from Dusseldorf. This is what I love about living in Europe; it is so well-connected and makes international travel sooo easy. 

Hope you enjoyed reading about my Parisian Birthday experience, it’s one for the books! <3


An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. Thanks for stopping by!

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