I’m Going with Oh to…
Leah Walker May 7, 2012

On Friday I announced that I would start my Go with Oh adventure in November. You already know that I’m definitely going to Florence, and today I’m divulging another city I’ll visit.

I’m going to Go with Oh to Paris!

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I’ve wanted to visit Paris for as long as I can remember. Numbers 36, 37, and 38 on my bucket list involve Paris. I’m going to mark those three items off with zeal. I’d be a fool not to include the City of Light in my month-long itinerary. After all, it’s PARIS!

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The quest for the perfect pain au chocolat  alone is worth the trip. Despite having a fabulous French restaurant less than a mile from my Houston home, I’ve never eaten a French meal. Sure I’ve had French food (quiche, onion soup, crepes, steak frites), but I can’t say I’ve had a proper French meal. I am dying to dive into boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin. I’m going to eat cheese and éclairs until I pop. Don’t even get me started on the wine and Champagne I’m going to drink.

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Although I’m excited about eating my way through the city, I’m even more excited about experiencing the sights and sounds of Paris. With my trusty travel partner in crime, Lola, I’m going to visit all the typical tourist sites. Lola’s been to Paris on several occasions, so I’m looking forward to seeing her favorite haunts and finding some new ones together.

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The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, and Arc de Triomphe will certainly be on our itinerary, but I want to dive deeper into Paris. I crave the opportunity to experience the city like a local. Instead of searching for cheap hotels, I’ll be staying in one of Open House Group’s Parisian apartments, which I believe will help give me a taste of what it’s like to live as a Parisian.

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Paris will be the last stop on my Go with Oh tour. I purposely did this because I want to see Paris adorned for Christmas. If it’s anything like I imagine, I imagine the Paris hotels and shops bedecked in the most fabulous decorations ever conceived. I’m not sure how one of the most beautiful cities in the world could get better, but I have a feeling the City of Light shines even brighter during the Christmas season.

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There you go! Now you know two of the four cities I’ll visit during my stint as guest blogger for Go with Oh. Check back on Wednesday when I’ll announce the third city. Also, check out Lola’s and my Pinterest board, Going with Oh to Paris. It’s divine!

Do you have any suggestions for Paris? Merci beaucoup!

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Luxe Beat Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.


  1. j’aime it, Leah! the pictures in this post are gorgeous. OUI, i do hope Paris looks just like this at Christmastime. It truly will be a dream come true to spend time in the City of Light with you.

    xo – lola

    1. I got a slight chill looking for those winter in Paris pictures. They are a stark contrast to the 90 degree weather in Houston right now. We’re going to have the most spectacular time!

  2. OMG, you WON!! Yay Leah!! Yes, I’m a little behind…this RSI symptoms got me a little away from my computer lately :( but anyway, this put a big 😀 on my face!! I know how bad you wanted it, so happy for you! Can’t wait to read about all your adventures. I’ve never been to Paris either, so will be nice reading it from a first-timer :)

    1. Ahhhh….thanks so much, Maria. You’re right, I think I wanted this more than anything else ever. I”m glad I’m not the only Paris virgin in the travel community. I hope I can do the city justice.

  3. I’ve been to Paris many times, and you will LOVE Paris! A fabulous choice! Can’t wait to find out your third choice! If you haven’t been to London…..I’m just saying!

  4. Wow! Congratulations on your Go with O Paris trip, it’s one of my favourite cities and YES the food IS as good as everyone says! Don’t forget to visit Laduree too!!

    1. I loved finding your article on Paris in the winter, Fiona. It’s full of great tips that I’m sure I’ll reference as my trip gets closer. Thanks for the tip on Laduree! Let me know if you think of anything else. Thanks!

    1. Alright, Sabrina, you aren’t getting off with telling me you lived in Paris for six months and then NOT give me some tips. I’ll be knocking on your virtual door come the fall.

      1. Oh, I guess that would have been smart to tell you some of my favorites :) I guess on op of the list is the Sainte Chappelle. It’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g and breathtaking. If you’ve never been, you have to go. One of my favorite bars was the Irish Pub close to Pigalle – very touristy, but the best shandy ever (and in walking distance to my apartment back then). No matter how often we went, looking at the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero at night is unbeatable. And, if you’re lucky with the weather, go for a picnic in front of it (on the other side) on the Champ de Mars. We did that for my b-day one year with baguettes and fresh tartelette de fraises and sodas – so much fun! My favorite walk in Paris starts at the Arc de Triomphe, goes down the Champ d’Elysees (where you have to buy a Hagen Daaz of course), then between the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais toward the Seine to the Pont d’Alexandre where you have a gorgeous view of Les Invalides. You don’t cross the bridge though and keep walking by the Seine until you get to the Place de la Concorde (quick detour to the Madeleine), then through the Tuileries to the Louvre. After that it’s back to the Seine to Pont Neuf and on the Ile de la Cite for a tour of the Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame, little markets and squares, etc. Don’t forget the little Ile Saint Louis while you’re there. If you’re not super tired after all that walking you can cross over to the other side of the Seine and go see Saint-Germain :)

        1. This is great, Sabrina! I know that I will reference this as the trip draws closer. I sure hope the weather is nice. I can handle cold, but wind and rain aren’t going to work for me. 😉 Thank you so much!

          1. I really hope you’re lucky with the weather. Paris can be pretty rainy and dark unfortunately. It’s so much more fun when the weather is nice. I’d suggest you have backup plans for bad weather: museum (like the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, etc.), restaurants and cafes to sneak into to stay warm, visiting places that are also beautiful from the inside (like the old opera and les Invalides), maybe shopping (like the huge department stores on Boulevard Haussman which are a sight by themselves), and…. a good raincoat and an umbrella 😉

          2. Lots of great info here, Sabrina. Good call on the alternative plans due to weather. I think the best thing is to be pretty loose on plans as to accommodate the iffy weather that time of year.

  5. Florence, Venice, Pisa and Rome was my first european vacation when I first started flying. I went with my good friend Lynne, also a F/A, (she is the one who went to NZ the same day you did, but different flight out of LAX). My first train ride, and I learned that “direct” didn’t mean non-stop. Longest train ride ever! ha!

  6. Trying not to be jealous and failing miserably. 😉 Some of my favorite things to do in Paris:

    Sainte-Chappelle’s stained glass windows are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It’s a stone’s throw from Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite, so do both if you can.

    Get a picnic lunch and go to one of the squares or parks for some people watching. Place des Vosges is a good one.

    After a stroll around the Tuileries on a chilly November day, you’re definitely going to have to warm up with the best hot chocolate in the world at Cafe Angelina on the Rue de Rivoli.

    1. Anyone who recommends a great hot chocolate is OK in my book. These all look like things I’d enjoy for sure. Thank you for the great tips, and feel free to add to them later. I’d love to hear more.

  7. Took an over-night direct train from Venice to Rome…..then had to get to the airport in Rome, which was NOT close to the train terminal at all! If I remember, felt like the other side of the city! I lost count of how many stops we made on the train. Funny. My first trip abroad, and I really was a novice at packing, and I had to drag my huge suitcase everywhere, this was BEFORE wheels! I felt like throwing my clothes away by the end of the trip, just so I didn’t have to look at that darn turquoise suitcase. Plus I didn’t wear comfortable shoes, and I had to trade shoes with Lynne, who wore 1 1/2 size larger than I did, just so I could walk! She was willing to do anything just to stop listening to me complain about how much my feet hurt! But this was such a fun trip!!!!! Great memories and lots of laughs!

  8. Oh, what a great memory, Sandy Moore. I bet flying in the 60s was such an amazing experience. So much has changed, and not necessarily for the better. I wish you’d write all this stuff down. Maybe you can write something for my blog? I’d love that.

  9. That is so good to know Linda James. Thank you so much for the warning! Sad thing is that I’m a masochist, so all that you mention is right up my alley. I absolutely loathe (love) Nutella. Let the suffering begin!

  10. The Louvre is extraordinary, as is the Orsay (You’ll get to meet Van Gogh’s “Dr. Gachet” up close and personal. Yes, he painted two of them.) Luxemborg Gardens is beautiful, too. Hemingway used to walk around there with Gertrude Stein back in the early 1920s.

    1. I wouldn’t have known it was misspelled, so I’m not worried about it in the least. 😉 Any place that Hemingway visited is a must-do for me. I’m not sure how it will look in the winter, but I’m willing to find out.

  11. I can’t contain my excitement anymore, my husband and I will be celebrating our honeymoon in paris. Thanks for sharing these photos, I’ll make sure our visit will be a blast too!

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