Paris // December 2017
So we decided to go to Paris for a few days! It’s only two hours on the Eurostar so it was quick and easy with no hassle and it’s a gorgeous city, especially during winter time with all the lights. And hey its called the City of Lights for a reason!
From the station we walked to see the Sacré-Cœur which gives you an amazing view overlooking the city. We then went to see the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris. You can climb to the top (50m high) and from the viewing platform you can see the dozen avenues. Don’t cross the traffic packed roundabout above ground if you value your life! There are stairs that lead from the northern side of the Champs-Élysées beneath the Étoile to pedestrian tunnels that bring you out safely beneath the arch and the tickets to the viewing platform are sold in the tunnel.
From there we walked to the Eiffel Tower (which isn’t hard to find as you can see it popping up from behind most buildings) You can book tickets in advance if you want to go up, either by lift or if you’re feeling brave, the 1,710 steps! The tickets get fully booked quickly and you can end up queuing for a long time so it’s best to book in advance online.
We had lunch at a little old fashioned tea room called Les Deux Abeilles which was packed with locals which is always a good sign! In the evening we went out to see the Eiffel tower which is extra special at night time and a must see!
The next day we visited the Musée du Louvre, the worlds most visited museum, which was free for us being under 25! The museum showcases 35,000 works of art so we didn’t manage to stop to look at all of them but you can easily spend a whole day here! As we wondered around there were artists recreating some of the art works and it was so fascinating and quite mesmerising to watch it take place and come together. From here we walked to the islands to see the Notre Dame which is by far a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
The hotel we stayed in was the citizenM Gare de Lyon, we’ve never stayed in a hotel like this one! You check in yourself with an iPad and you choose what room you’d like in the hotel. The room is full of designer furniture, the most amazing bed EVER and of course every room has an iPad or as they call it, their ‘Moopad’ which controls your entire room like the lighting, heating, the blackout blinds, and the entertainment. You can choose what mood you’d like from business to party which then changes the lighting and the music (pretty cool right?) The hotel has free wifi, apple tv and ridiculously friendly staff.
We went back to the Notre Dame which is about a 25 minute walk from the hotel and it looks amazing at night all lit up with lights and then had dinner in a greek restaurant and then went back to the hotel for drinks to finish the night off. The cloudM bar, which is on the 16th floor has an amazing view of the City of Lights and is perfect for an evening cocktail or two!
On our last day we had breakfast at the hotel, which was so good. Homemade bread with eggs and salmon and a couple of cheeky croissants filled with Nutella. This has got to be the best continental hotel breakfast we’ve ever had, so much variety and amazing flavours!
We took a visit to the The Jardin des Plantes to see Les Grandes Serres which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Jardin des plantes is the main botanical garden in France and you can get lost in the 4 tropical worlds encased in the stunning greenhouses.
In the afternoon we headed NorthEast of Paris to Canal St-Martin which is a trendy hotspot for some really cool and quirky shops and cafes. We stopped for hot chocolate and cake at a lovely cafe called Ten Belles and then made our way to the station to catch the train home! You can catch the metro everywhere but we always prefer to walk when you can as that way you really get to see the whole city and get to know your way around. This way you get to stumble upon gorgeous little streets and secret cafes and bars which you would have otherwise missed if you’d popped up from the tube in different locations!