I’d like to start off with an ode to this vegan burger. Yep, you bet I got a vegan burger in Paris and it was the best burger I’ve had in years. It’s actually the only burger I’ve had in the past 2 years (besides ones I’ve made myself at home), but darn it was good. It’s also basically the only vegan food I had in Paris that wasn’t sushi. Paris was well, Paris. I liked it, though I missed waking up to the sparkling, beautiful Mediterranean Ocean every day in the south of France. I’ll admit the French Riviera stole my heart.
After road tripping for a week and a half, we were so exhausted by the time we got to Paris. Still, I spent the mornings and early afternoons dragging my boyfriend around to all the sights I wanted to see: Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, and Champs-Elysees. We hit all the big ones. Don’t worry I didn’t forget the Eiffel Tower. I was sure we went on the night of July 14th, Bastille Day, to celebrate with everyone and watch the fireworks light up the sky behind the Eiffel Tower.
It was too dark to take any good pictures that night, plus I was too busy soaking it all up to even bother. We took a basket with snacks and blankets and squeezed in between the massive crowd to get good seats right in front of the Eiffel Tower. The fireworks were stunning and the entire experience was so romantic. I felt so awestruck. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
On Bastille Day, we left our hotel early to try and go watch the big parade down the Champs-Elysees. Unfortunately, they had already blocked it off with a ton of security, so we couldn’t get to the main area and were stuck on the opposite side of the Seine River. But lucky for us, the parade split and half of the troops came across the bridge that we were standing right next to. So, after waiting a couple of hours, we did end up getting to see the parade after all!
One thing I noticed about Paris that really stuck out to me was how exquisite and beautiful all the old buildings were. They were all in the traditional French style for the most part, with pretty wrought iron balconies and big windows. It made me feel like I’d traveled back in time. There were no modern skyscrapers or buildings of the sort. It was such a drastic contrast to Hong Kong that it drew my attention and admiration instantly.
As for what I ate in Paris, I mentioned in my previous road trip post that I fell in love with the veggie sushi in France. They had so many vegan options and I literally ate it every day and never got tired of it. So, mostly I ate a ton of sushi for dinner. For breakfast, I’d have a smoothie or sorbet, which you can find all over the place. You just have to be sure to always ask if it has milk in it! Then, for lunch, I’d have a salad, more sushi, or whatever vegan option I could find around where I was. One day, I had the epic “La Catcheuse” vegan burger from Hank Vegan Burger with a soy patty, tomato, lettuce, mustard, ketchup, and alfalfa sprouts.
I don’t eat really eat fast food often, even vegan fast food unless it’s my only choice. But I was on vacation and we happened across it, so I figured why not enjoy a special treat? It was good, but not something I would eat on a regular basis. By the time our last day in Paris rolled around, we went back to our favorite spots in the morning and then were so exhausted we spent the rest of the day in bed. We binge watched Stranger Things on Netflix. I got sushi takeaway and ate it in bed. It was the perfect end to our trip- the two of us just doing our own thing per usual!
My boyfriend and I left Paris feeling closer than we ever had been before. With each new trip we take together, we grow to love each other even more. I have so many new memories that I cherish and hold close to my heart. I love traveling so much and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to go all over the world with someone I love. If you like these posts, be sure to check out more behind-the-scenes of our travels on my Youtube channel!