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Love Happy Hour Hits Parisian Happy Hours!

By: Maren Swanson • September 19th, 2015

Paris, France.

This summer I was able to take the most amazing vacation of my entire life. I finally traveled overseas with my sisters to Europe for three weeks and it all jut sort of… transformed me. I opened my eyes to the scenery and sights, my ears to the music and languages and my nose and mouth to the scents and tastes of culinary delights at each destination. Some weren’t great, but most were fantastic.

Traveling with four people can sometimes be frustrating when you’re in unfamiliar territory, plus there’s the whole “someone please make a decision,” suggestion voiced everyday. Many places we picked were just spots that piqued our curiosity. Perhaps the place was packed, so we figured it had to be good, or we’d see fresh produce being delivered so we felt we could trust the restaurant somehow. We tried to avoid the tourist traps, of course, but sometimes there’s fun it that, too.

The Louvre in Paris, France.
The Louvre in Paris, France.

We ended up only spending a few days in France so most of time was allotted for sightseeing; we went to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Catacombs and Nortre Dame de Paris. But a girl has to eat, so we checked out some local restaurants and of course, happy hour! How can you pass up international happy hour, really? Europe can be expensive.

So my first European happy hour started in Paris, France, while my family and I waited in what seemed the longest line we had ever stood in to enter the famous catacombs exhibit. We seriously waited for about 2 hours in the sun before I suggested one of us held the place in line, while the others cooled off with an across-the-street beverage. If you’ve ever been to Paris, you know they have cafes everywhere. You never have to walk far before there’s an open seat, an espresso machine and lots of cheese and bread. I love it.

The Catacombs in Paris, France.
Happy Hour at Café du Rende-vous in Paris, France.
Kronenbourg 1664 Blonde Ale #beer

The place was called Café du Rende-vous, and they offered a “Tous les jours” happy hour with specials on cocktails and champagne cocktails. Since I wasn’t sure how much time we had before we headed back, I was able to grab a Kronenbourg 1664 Blonde Ale for 4,50 euro (25cl). It was the perfect mini beer and break.

Café Le Dome in Paris, France.
Croque Monsieur at Café Le Dome in Paris, France.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

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