If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you’ll have seen my Paris spam over the weekend… it was the BEST long weekend away ever.
The weekend started on Friday when me and boyfriend travelled with Air France from Newcastle to Paris to the Charles de Gaulle airport which only took about an hour and a half. We grabbed a train to a line near our hotel since a close friend told me it was a lot cheaper than a taxi into central Paris. It wasn’t smooth way of traveling believe me….trying to find the train terminal in the airport, trying to find where to buy tickets, finding the train, then the train being stand still for an hour but never mind we arrived at our hotel in good time. Our hotel was called Hotel St Charles, it was a 3 star hotel but was fab. We shared an apartment style room with another couple who we went with but it wasn’t too bad we had a door in between us and the facilities were great, modern bathroom and decor but it was the balcony that sold the room. We had this amazing view to wake up to every day…. beautiful.
So a good start to the holiday! We then went off to explore even if it was turning from afternoon to night time, we had all the time in the world. We headed to the Eiffel Tower straight away as we were desperate to see the tower lit up and it was bonus when we caught the illuminations…magical!! We then jumped on the back of a bike where we rode around Paris on a lit up, music playing back seat completed with a blanket and a bottle of larger haha, it was a right laugh and the best way to take in the surroundings! We got off at Champs-Elysées where all the posh shops are and had something to eat plus a few drinks. It felt like we’d already crossed a few things off our to do list in one night.
The next day was spent being a typical tourist, trying to find the monuments and landmarks as well as taking in the local culture plus a lot of walking! We visited the Arc De Triomphe, back to Champs-Elysées to do some shopping and the Eiffel Tower in the light. The city really is so scenic and pretty. I, of course was desperate to visit a patisserie to try a croissant and a cup of coffee and I wasn’t disappointed the best croissant I’ve ever tasted sooooo buttery. I literally at them every morning for breakfast mmm!
My boyfriend surprised me with a canal cruise dinner on the night time which was wonderful, another great way to see the most famous sights of Paris plus fine dining. I’d advise anyone going to Paris to eat on a cannel cruise one night!
Sunday again, was spent trying to find landmarks, we walked a total of 7 mile! You really do under estimate how big Paris is as a whole, HUGE! We walked through the Jardin du Luxembourg which was breath taking, the weather complimented the scenery since Paris is experiencing in an Indian summer at the minute. It’s basically a park located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris and creation dates back to 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of Kind Henry IV of France for a new residence she constructed the Luxembourg Palace.
Then on route to the Norte Dam we found the Panthéon which was originally built as a church dedicated to St Genevieve but now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French Citizens. The architecture of the building is incredible, you definitely don’t see buildings like that anymore.
Then we saw the Norte Dam which was surreal, again the building itself is spectacular! We then traveled down to The Lourve, an art museum which holds the famous Mona Lisa. When I saw her, I couldn’t believe how small she was! Literally tiny!! The gallery itself is exactly like you see it in the films and on television full of character and colour. Outside the Lourve in the court yard there are 4 pyramids, one bigger than the rest made out of glass and metal designed by a Chinese-American architect which are stunning, a definite photo opportunity back drop. By this point we were knackered and headed back to the hotel for some food and rest before an early morning flight.
None of my photos here do justice for the sights I have seen over the weekend, Paris is an absolutely gorgeous city full of life and adventure. I’d tell anyone to go to Paris because it’s an experience and a half, really beautiful. 4 days wasn’t enough, I’d love to go back and do more exploring however make sure you do take a bank loan out. One down fall of the city is the cost, everything is so expensive. A typical round of two drinks is near enough 40 euro!
I had a fantastic time, another city to tick of my bucket list!
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