I love to travel though I haven't done as much of it lately as I'd like. I think when you're younger, sometimes it's easier to just take off. At least, it was for me. After I graduated college, my then boyfriend and I bought Eurailpasses and took off for Paris. We took the train and explored Geneva, Vienna, Florence, Venice and Rome and then hopped a boat to take us to Greece. We loved Athens and the Islands and I have since returned to Greece as it was magnificent in so many ways.
One place that I feel I didn't spend enough time in was Paris. The city has so much to offer and I know I missed a lot. I recently heard about a new social site for travelers called Gogobot. They already have some wonderful accolades including being named one of Time’s top sites of 2011 and winner of the 2010 Crunchie award for Best Design. I can see why.
What I love most about Gogobot is the wonderfully personal information you can find there. When I was travelling, one thing I remembered most was the smaller places you'd find along the way for the perfect gelato or espresso or a hotel that really catered to its customers. During our journey, my boyfriend and I would get into a conversation with either local folks or fellow travellers and some of their recommendations helped us to really enjoy our time.
I have decided that I am going to go back to Paris and I'm definitely using Gogobot to help plan my trip this time. I love the personal touch it offers and the chance to ask questions pertaining to your interests!
I would love to stay at the Hotel Plaza Athenee because it is recommended as one of the most romantic hotels. Luxurious and with a wonderful location, it is near so many wonderful landmarks, stores, and restaurants. Who could miss a trip down the nearby Champs Elysees? Here it is with its stunning courtyard.
For some new foods I found out from Gogobot users that Ladurée is possibly the best ‘macaroon’ shop in Paris and that Angelina has outstanding hot chocolate.
Also, for amazing French style entrecôte with salad and potatoes (steak and fries) I'll be checking out Le Relais de l'Entrecote, a classic!
For nightlife, I'm adding The Buddha Bar to my itinerary which is also a restaurant.
And for day trips, the Musee d'Orsay with lots of paintings by Van Gogh and the other Impressionists. I also hope to climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy the view.
After a busy day of sightseeing and shopping, it will be great to visit Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris’ second largest public park. The gardens and sculptures are said to be breathtaking. I imagine relaxing on one of the benches with my baguette and brie and watching the world go by.
There is such a plethora of wonderful recommendations at Gogobot that it is really fun to browse and plan and daydream there! You can even check out locations not too far from where you live and find new places to visit!
Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.
And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.
The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.