Staff photographer Lauren Wood jet-setted across the Atlantic and landed in Paris. From there, she went to London and here are her favorite spots from the trip.
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise: Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Molière, Édith Piaf and Jim Morrison are a few of the million people buried in the largest cemetery in the city. Some plots are simple, but others are large, beautifully ornate tombs.
Sacré-Cœur: We were bummed we didn’t check out this Roman Catholic church and the surrounding Montmartre neighborhood sooner! It was absolutely stunning, and as you climb through Square Louise Michel to the church, you get the best views of the city below.
A. Lacroix Pâtissier: I had a food bucket list when I was in Paris which included macarons, crepes, baguettes, croissants, cheese, etc. and this place helped me cross ‘pastry’ off the list! It’s owned by an American and her French husband, and the atmosphere is cozy and the food is delicious.
Notable: Palais-Royal and Shakespeare and Company
Borough Market: We loved this place so much we went back for a second helping! This open-air market is open six days a week (seven in December) and sells fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, and ready-to-eat foods. Grab a bite and walk around to check out all the booths!
Afternoon tea: There are so many places that offer afternoon tea, but we ended up choosing The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was hands-down our favorite meal of the trip! We chose a breakfast blend tea, and had a spread of sandwiches, scones and small pastry desserts. Yum!
Buckingham Palace: You probably won’t get a sighting of Her Royal Majesty, but be sure to check out the Changing of the Guard at the palace. Check the calendar before you go as it varies by month, and if you want a good view get there early! We arrived around 11 a.m. and had a pretty good view of the guards riding in.
Cahoots bar: It’s a bar themed as an Underground subway station post WWII, and it does an amazing job at keeping to its theme! The menu, printed as a newspaper, is very large and there are tons of original drinks. I tried the ‘Keep Marm and Carry On’ drink, which was served in a tea cup with a biscuit cookie. Just be sure to make a reservation!
Notable: British Library and Hyde Park