Last week my family and I were lucky enough to hop on over to Paris for a few days for a little getaway. Thankfully we were blessed with uncharacteristically, great weather for late September and had the chance to visit some famous sites.
To get to the beautiful city we travelled from London St Pancras Station via Eurostar. In total, the trip took a total of only two and half hours but it felt more like one especially when you’re occupied in a very competitive card game with the family. I’d been to Paris twice before; however, the first time I was a toddler so I don’t remember the trip at all and the second time I was around twelve years old so hadn’t yet come to appreciate my surroundings at the time. Now, I was eighteen eagerly awaiting to see what the city held. To cut down costs once we got out of the station we hopped on the metro to our hotel. All was going smoothly until…ALAS! My dad had left his phone on the Eurostar along with all his cards. Not exactly the best way to start the trip but thankfully he was able to go back and retrieve it with everything still intact.
Once settled into our hotel rooms we didn’t wait long to get out and see what was around us. We stayed in a more residential town in Paris called Daumesnil instead of a town more catered for tourists. Walking along the avenue there was a wide range of beautiful patisseries to choose from with amazingly decorated cakes in the front windows (such as on the left). After taking a stroll around we decided to head out to dinner at The Frog in Bercy Village. Bercy Village itself is beautifully quaint and bustling with loads of restaurants to choose from ranging from French restaurants to Five Guys. If your taste palette is refined and your not that adventurous to try new foods like me (guilty) than The Frog restaurant is perfect. On the menu, there is a range of food from nachos, mozzarella sticks, beef burgers, chicken burgers and much more. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was vibrant and great. I wouldn’t think twice about eating there if I were to visit Paris again. The great thing about it also is that it was only one stop on the metro so extremely convenient!
We followed the night by going to see the
Eiffel Tower of course as it’s a must when visiting Paris. As it was night time it was lit up beautifully against the inky sky. There’s certainly no doubting that Paris has some of the best architecture to be seen. After taking our fair share of photographs and strolling around we decided to call it a night and head back to our hotel, ready to see what day two was to bring us.
Starting off the day bright and early we grabbed some croissants and pain aux raisins for breakfast and headed out to get the metro. Our first stop of the day was the Notre Dame Cathedral. Once again the beautiful architecture did not disappoint. Next on our packed full day was the Sacré-Cœur which although there is a bit of a hike to get up the hill once there it is definitely worth it. The architecture itself and the view from the top is breath-taking and honestly a must see.
Once back down the never ending steps we treated ourselves to some ice-cream from a small shop down one of the side roads. I opted for a scoop of pistachio (my all time new favourite ice cream, who knew what I’d been missing!) and of course a scoop of trusty oreo ice cream. An odd mix perhaps but nevertheless delicious. Once we’d strolled around and taken our photos to remember the trip we headed off to the Arc de Triomphe and walked the Champs-Élysées avenue which is probably any shopaholics heaven. For lunch, we not-so-glamorously grabbed McDonald’s as it was a quick and easy option. Once we’d gone into a few shops along the way we headed back towards our hotel to get some rest before heading out for the evening. In the evening we split ways; my sister and her boyfriend headed to the Justin Beiber concert and my parents and I headed to the cinema by Bercy Village to see Hell or High Water. The film was excellent it featured Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two brothers who begin to rob banks to raise money to give his family a better life. It’s funny, thrilling and emotional- a must see.
Once the film had finished we sat in a small restaurant where we awaited my sister and her boyfriend to arrive back to tell us all about JB. Meanwhile, we ordered some food to share and I indulged in a hot chocolate whilst my parents opted for a beer and cocktail. It was a nice way to end a packed and busy day by relaxing and catching up.
Our fateful last day arrived and although we’d only been in Paris for two days it felt like much longer. We packed our bags and headed to Gare du Nord to store our bags to save us lugging them around with us all day. From there we headed to go see The Louvre and were blessed with another day of sunshine.
After basking in the sun and admiring the beautiful art it was time for a well-deserved lunch. As it was going to be a long afternoon-evening of travelling ahead of us we decided to grab something big to eat at a small quaint restaurant that served pasta and pizza. I opted for the classic spaghetti bolognese, my mum went for a beef lasagne and my dad got a Margherita pizza (can you tell where I get my adventurous food palette from-note sarcasm). The service was extremely fast and the food was absolutely amazing as you can see in the picture below (yes I photograph my food #basic I know😂).
Once our stomachs were full and ready to burst we took a stroll towards the Pont des arts bridge where we grabbed ice cream (…again). Sadly, after that, it was time to head to the station to catch the Eurostar back home to London. Although it was short but sweet I would love to go again in the future and see even more of the city.
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Until next time,
Caitlin Lauren Grace x