Paris definitely has a certain je ne sais quoi. From its beautiful architecture to amazing museums, cafés and boutiques, there’s something for everyone.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Paris but it’s such a beautiful city I just had to share my latest adventures in the City of Love with you. My last Parisian trip was over four years ago and I’ve been itching to return.
I find airports highly stressful at the best of times (condensing my beauty products into one super tiny square bag is soul-destroying) so for my fourth visit I decided to travel with the Eurostar.
After a very relaxing journey (I’ll admit I slept through parts of it… 2.30am wake up calls are not for me) I arrived. Eager to pack as much as possible into my three-day trip, I first headed to the old artists’ quarter, Montmarte, located in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. The walk up to the picturesque Sacré-Coeur church was lovely in the warm Parisian sunshine.
It was my mission to find Cafe des 2 Moulins, the quaint cafe featured in the award-winning French film Amélie. A short walk from Sacré-Coeur, it’s typically French and utterly adorable. Of course it would have been rude not to indulge in a crème brûlée a la Amélie…
I braved the crowds on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to pop into beauty haven Sephora (I could have spent so much more time in there) and Longchamp as well as a few other shops.
It’s no secret that I am partial to a macaron or two and it’s with great pain (and shame) I admit that I didn’t stop for any at Laduree because I had so many shopping bags to carry (oops). I must rectify this on my next visit…
It might be a cliche but a trip to Paris would be incomplete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1889 with 704 steps, it’s a great way of seeing more of the city; the view was absolutely stunning.
I ascended to the top in the lift and took the stairs on the way down. Well, that was the plan but the second I put my foot on the first step my legs refused to move with me. I’m not actually terrified of heights but it was a little scary seeing how high up I was. I’m pleased to say I made it all the way to the bottom. Phew!
I spent an evening admiring the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral and enjoyed a cocktail in one of the nearby bars. I visited the infamous Pont de l’Archeveche bridge, which holds approximately 700,000 padlocks from loved up couples from across the world.
There was a campaign last year to stop people attaching them to the bridge. I’m torn between whether they look romantic or whether they’re just an eyesore. What do you think?
The Louvre has always been one of my favourite parts of Paris. The architecture is exquisite and the museum itself is filled with amazing pieces. I then walked through Jardin des Tuileries and stopped relax in one of the green chairs. It’s the perfect spot to people watch and enjoy a yummy ice cream. Note: the chairs are a lot heavier than they look!
By the end of my trip I was thoroughly exhausted and my feet were killing me from too much walking but it was definitely worth it! Now all I have to do for my next visit to Paris is make sure my first stop is Laduree!