So you may have heard either in previous posts on here or on my social medias that I went on a little city break to Paris for mine and Ryan’s birthdays and our anniversary in November as they’re all within a few days of each other and we like to try and go somewhere each year to celebrate. So far we have done London, Amsterdam and now Paris so I thought seen as last time I did ‘A City Break To Amsterdam‘ I would tell you all about my 4 day trip to Paris. We actually thought we weren’t going to be able to go anywhere this time around but then all of a sudden Ryan managed to find a deal last minute for us about 4 weeks before, so it was all very exciting and I never imagined I’d be going to Paris in 2017!
First of all, we kept it simple and stayed in an Ibis hotel, nothing fancy but had everything we needed and was comfortable and big enough and right next to a metro station so it was easy to travel anywhere else in the city. On the topic of the Metro, it was so easy to use and get around. We bought a 3 day metro ticket each which came to just €25 all together which for how much we would be using was great value for money, we literally caught about 10 different metros each day at least and then on the last day, we just bought 2 tickets each, one to get to the centre and one from the centre to the airport. With trusty Google maps we figured out which Metro we needed to catch where and in the end we knew from memory which line was the main line and which was the one to get us back to our hotel so that was all super easy, especially considering the Metros come like every couple of minutes, so even if you’ve just missed one, the next will be almost there too!
Aside from hotel and travel, the next essential was obviously food and boy did we eat a lot! It’s too hard to resist when they have such gorgeous bakeries everywhere filled with croissants, pain au chocolat, Nutella muffins and tons more gorgeous pastries. I think we had at least one croissant a day, usually for breakfast, they were just so tasty, and you are never more than a couple minutes walk away from somewhere that sells croissants! There was also little super markets everywhere including one just down the street from the hotel, so if you needed anything like little treats for the hotel room or anything to drink we wasn’t far from them or some bakeries and cafés which was super helpful.
Aside from all of that though, Paris is one beautiful city. There are so many things to see from the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral (of course) to the museums like the Louvre and much more. Not only that but down the Champs-Élysées there are so many shops (including Sephora!!), which there are in other places too like the Latin Quarter. Anything from H&M, Sephora, Nike, Adidas, Stradivarius, Aber Crombie & Fitch, Louis Vuitton and all sorts as well as all the restaurants and cafés too! We spent a fair bit of time having a look around some of those, usually down the Champs-Élysées as we spent a lot of our time there as it was basically the centre where you can catch all the other Metros from or catch a Metro there and walk to another place to see some of the city on your way which we did a couple of times. There are also other things to do like go on a river cruise which was €15 each which we did and it was really nice, it takes an hour and you get to see so much beautiful architecture along with finding out a little bit more about some of the City, it’s also a great idea if you fancy a sit down for an hour and in our case a sit down and a nice warm escape from the cold for an hour too.
The Eiffel Tower is literally incredible, I was so excited to go and see it so we ended up going on the first day. We caught the metro to the Champs-Élysées and then had a nice walk from there to the tower, it was so cool to see it from further away and it just gets more incredible the closer you get but I just wanted to take photos all the time from the different views. What I never thought I would have done was go right to the very top though! I thought it was going to be so scary, but it was only €12.50 each and I thought you know what, you don’t get the chance to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower every day so just let’s do it. After queueing for what seemed like forever, we went up in the elevators which is just so surreal, although not as surreal as when you get right to the very top! It’s honestly indescribable I’ve never seen anything like it in my life and I recommend anyone who goes to Paris to go to the top, you will not regret it. I didn’t want to come back down and not be able to see from up there again, that’s how good it was. Along with it looking amazing in the day, and the views from the top looking amazing too it also looked incredibly beautiful all lit up at night, which again was just so surreal to actually be there looking at this beautiful piece of architecture in real life, I just loved it.
The next best thing, or even the best thing I can’t really decide was Notre Dame Cathedral, again it is such a beautiful piece of architecture and to be stood there looking at it in real life was just so surreal. It’s so huge and so incredibly detailed. We took a look around the inside but we went to the top of this one too, this time the only way up was the stairs and oh my god was that hard work! I thought I was going to die when I got to the top. A funny story actually was when we did get to the top, there was just one chair and no one else was sitting in it so I thought, I’m going to catch my breath and sit down for a minute or two as my back was hurting too and as soon as my bum touched the seat, the cathedral bell (considering we was right near it) did the loudest ring you have ever heard and I nearly crapped my pants! It was so hilarious, maybe one of those ‘you have to be there’ moments, but I thought I would share it with you anyway! The views from the top of the cathedral were so incredible too and so picturesque especially from the back where I took one of my favourite photos (the one at the bottom of this post), we absolutely loved it and again I would definitely recommend anyone who goes to go up too. We just never wanted to come down.
Another one of my absolutely favourite things was that I finally got to visit my first Sephora. I ended up going the night we got there and then I did a second trip too, I mainly asked for money for my birthday so I could spend it in Sephora while I was in Paris and it was the best thing ever! But I have a completely separate post coming up in a few days about my trip to Sephora and everything I picked up so stay tuned for that!
There is just so much to explore in Paris and we could literally have just walked around aimlessly for days to take in the beautiful city, the only downside to that would obviously be the amount of money you would need as the food and drinks are definitely not the cheapest (and obviously hotels too) but seen as it’s a capital city and such a popular tourist city too, it’s completely obvious it’s going to be expensive and we knew that before we went. This is why I think Paris is so perfect for a City break rather than a long stay, but it’s definitely one which you need to tick off your bucket list. I’m so glad I’ve managed to tick it off mine already, but I would literally go back tomorrow if I had the chance just like I would Amsterdam. I had such an amazing few days.
Have you ever been to Paris, or is it on your bucket list?