You requested a Paris post, and I am delivering the goods. Paris was just beautiful, sunny but crisp most days and it even reached 20C one day. It was divine! Get the EasyJet app and search for cheap flights immediately, ladies…
I have been to Paris quite a few times, so this isn’t a guide as such but rather a little insight in to my trip. If you want to see a guide, I posted one here, and if you want to see my other Paris posts, click here.
We stayed in the Montmartre area, just a few minutes down the road from the Moulin Rouge – which I had previously only seen from a car. It looks amazing at night, and I really liked the area as it was easy enough to see everything – I would definitely stay here again. We actually watched the film one night after a long day of walking, it really added to the experience.
As always, I just found a cute Airbnb to stay in – I usually stay in apartments as I’m not a fan of hotels – I like having a whole apartment that I can cook and chill in too. Paris can get pricey so popping to the supermarket for crepes and breakfast stuff really helps to cut the costs a little.
The first day we got there quite late in the afternoon, but it was so sunny so we decided to take the Metro down to the Trocadero – whenever I take someone to Paris for the first time, I insist their first view is from here. It’s an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower, and you never expect it when you come round the corner. After this we wandered down the hill to the river, across the bridge and through the Champ De Mars, the large park around the tower. It was a really warm day and you get great views from the tower here too so it’s well worth a visit.
Next we wandered over to the Hôtel des Invalides, a beautiful building that is full of history, before walking back up the Seine and all the way up to the Champs-Élysées, the shopping avenue which has loads of great shops and other sights. We walked all the way up to the other end where the Arc De Triomphe is located – such a lovely sight!
I was surprised we managed to see all that in just a few hours, but we stopped for a rest afterwards and loaded up on cocktails before heading back for a rest and some dinner!
The following morning, we took a walk to find a breakfast spot I found on google – Marcel. I had a quick glance of the menu online and we set out to look for it, or at least find somewhere as it was Sunday and brunch was most certainly required! We walked up the hill, taking a shortcut that was listed on Google maps, and occasionally through breaks in the buildings we would see glances of the whole of Paris! We had no idea we were walking up so high.
Marcel was lovely, a small restaurant that served the most incredible French toast with Brioche bread, caramel syrup and caramel bananas. It was utterly divine! Naturally, we had to walk this off (T had Eggs Benedict, I stole a bit – can confirm, heavenly) so we headed uphill thinking perhaps we could find the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. I hadn’t ever stayed in or even been to Montmartre before so I had only spied this occasionally, but it is a really exquisite church.
The view was incredible, views all over Paris – and such a lovely day for it as well.
A lot of the other days were spent just wandering; I always aim to end up along the Seine – I love walking around the Louvre, popping in the Angelina’s to see the incredible display of cakes (above) and ordering some their hot chocolate – it’s just melted chocolate with cream, I swear. Ugh, delicious. Then wandering the designer boutiques and other stores – I even found & Other Stories and had a nosy in there. I won’t lie, we spent a lot of time trying to spot Kimye. Am I sorry? I am not.
A trip to Ladurée was also on the cards, I love the store (everyone says the Pierre Hermé macarons are better, but the whole Ladurée experience is beautiful so I prefer it here). I highly recommend heading to one of their boutiques, they are so pretty and the macarons are just heavenly! Food you can Instagram is always a winner with me.
The best part of the trip? We had just had a little look around the Notre Dam and were walking around the area, basking in the sun, trying to find this well-hidden Metro when we stumbled upon some sort of farmers market slash petting zoo. At first all we saw were bird cages, hundreds of them, but then we saw a beautiful rabbit in a basket that people were patting. It wasn’t even in a cage, just lapin (lol) up all the attention! I haven’t ever really met a nice rabbit like this before, but he was so adorable and loved the cuddles.
We moved along and found a whole playpen of baby bunnies – again, no cage so we could cuddle them. I don’t agree with zoos, so I was a bit wary at first – but most of the animals were free to roam and looked really happy and cared for. There was a pen of little mice that were just chilling out, nothing to stop them doing a runner. It was amazing. A lot of happy squeals came from me!
This was a Sunday at Cité metro – you must track it down.
On the final day, we had a trip up the Eiffel Tower booked. I’ve seen the tower many times, but I have to admit I had never even thought about going up it – I guessed I just thought it would be overpriced or whatever. Tickets were actually quite cheap, we booked them before we left and made sure we had tickets to take us right up to the summit. I would recommend booking before you go as the queues are insane.
The lift up there was pretty terrifying – you go to the first level, then the second viewing deck and then you can walk up the stairs to the outside area right at the very top. I think I have that right, it was a week ago but I was freaking out! I do have a slight fear of heights, I felt fine when I was up there but the glass lifts are horrendous! I was filming going up, but I just had to stop and close my eyes as it was so scary – but kind of a rollercoaster, thrilling scary.
As you can see, the views are incredible. You can just see everything – so it was worth it! Definitely recommend doing this, if you can deal with the lifts…
All in all, 10/10 would Paris again. Are you booking a trip soon? Follow me on Instagram for more pictures…