Rue de Chantres
You learn a lot about yourself when you travel alone. It became clear to me a half day into the trip that I was eager to seek out green, quiet spaces. As I navigated the crowds on Rue de Rosiers for my typical arrival day falafel, I realized that I wanted to be as far away from people as possible this time around. Though I am far from a planner, throughout the weekend, I ended up in at least ten parks. I spent hours savoring the quiet side streets and blooming gardens. One of those side streets is located right next to Notre Dame. Rue de Chantres is surprisingly quiet given its proximity to one of Paris' most highly trafficked tourist attractions. It's sandwiched between Notre Dame and the Seine, and has all the charm the islands are noted for. The petite streets, mini gardens, unique centuries-old windows and doors are all so sickeningly sweet you risk emerging with something akin to a sugar high. I walked alone for almost ten minutes (and if you know this area of Paris, you'll know why that was surprising), until an English couple breezed by on their bikes. Judging from their smiles, they were as happy to be there as I was.