A climber’s playground

After Paris, we rented a car and drove to Fontainebleau, a small city an hour outside of Paris. It’s known to have world class bouldering. There are soo many places within the forest to climb and sadly we only got two days to climb. Even sadder, it rained on our second day so we had to climb as much as we could on the first day. We decided to climb at one of the most dense areas of boulders to maximize our climb time. A really interesting thing to note is that the boulders are painted with numbers that correlate to the book. We got an Airbnb in Milly la Foret, a really cute town right outside Font. It had bakery with fresh baguettes/baked goods and a few restaurants. The reason I chose it was because they offered 2 crash pads with the rental. Perfect for us!

We got rained out the next day so we decided to explore what was nearby. We found this really cool outdoors store and decided to check it out and they actually had a lot of climbing gear. The mall also had a store that seemed like a Fred Meyer on steroids. We decided to go grocery shopping and make dinner… aka lay out some cheese and meats. Baguettes were so cheap and fresh. I think it was 3 for 1 euro. Everything was soo good!

Can’t leave Milly without some breakfast and pastries… Yes the crepe was amazing and such a different style than back home.

Despite it getting rained out, it was an experience to drive and not so scary. I actually really enjoyed being in a smaller town where it’s more low key and chill. Everyone is much nicer and welcoming. It was a nice rest day after all of the fast paced things we did in Paris. After seeing what it’s like, I’d stay for at least a week. Can’t wait to come back and climb.

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Bonjour!

This will be the first post of several about my trip to Europe with my husband. He’s never been to Europe and I haven’t been in over 10 years so we were both super stoked. Our first stop was to France. We stayed in Paris for 3ish days then drove to Fontainebleau, a climbing destination for 2 days.

In Paris, we stayed between the 10th and 11th quarters near a subway station and found it pretty central to get around and find some delicious foods. During our stay, we saw the glorious Sainte Chapelle, Arc de Triumphe, Notre Dame (just the outside, heard it wasn’t worth it to go in), Eiffel Tower (loved seeing it sparkle at night), Pantheon, Montparnasse tower at sunset (get there early), and walked around Luxembourg Gardens. We also went to some museums as well including the Louvre, Orangie (where Monet’s Water Lilies are), Centre Pompidou and d’Orsay museum. We bought the Paris Pass and found it quite worth it as most of these attractions were on there. We also made use of the hop on/off bus tour and river cruise. TBH, the bus and cruise were okay. Both are highly crowded and the wait for the cruise was about an hour. We were pretty much falling asleep on the cruise because we did it at night. Man I can’t believe we did this much in 3 days!

Yes, I did have pastries for breakfast every morning. We got to dine at Septime, our first Michelin star restaurant! It was amazing and I had the best asparagus of my life. We also went to this really cool restaurant that was pretty much only had standing room at the bar and all the food was served there. We had this delicious, tender fish with cream sauce, soup, and clams. There was a huge block of butter (also the best butter of my life). We also went to this famous restaurant that only served steak and frites. Not pictured – we went to this classic French restaurant where we had snails, charcuterie, etc. but they had sold out of the onion soup! It was definitely a sad moment.

PROS:
It was very easy to use the subway
Cute boutique shops everywhere
Easy to navigate our way around using Google Maps
Pastries
Architecture
Gardens and lots of space to make it not feel so city like
Art and history

CONS:
People can be a little snobbish towards Americans especially if you didn’t try speaking any French
Pick pocket paradise. We were super careful and stayed aware in crowded places and nothing happened
Still pretty crowded even during the off season
People dress really nice! We tried our best but only packed a bag of clothes but still stuck out
Coffee actually wasn’t that great

Nonetheless, we enjoyed ourselves and all the butter in the food.

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