Last week I went to Paris with my boyfriend as a belated valentines/anniversary gift. It marked our first holiday together and we had so much fun I thought I’d do a quick write up about the trip.
Day 1 // Wandering
We got to Paris in the afternoon and as soon as we got to our hotel we were amazed, we found a good deal on a travel website so got a 5 star hotel for a decent price. We stayed at the Hotel Banke, the lobby was stunning, our room was nice and the service is so good I would definitely recommend it!
After a break we wondered around to get something to eat. We found a nice little restaurant near our hotel and had some good food and cocktails. We strolled around the Opera district and around the Louvre area until we reached the river Seine and then stopped for a cocktail at a bar. I had a drink called ‘La Vie en rose’ as we sat outside and watched some street dancers, it was Friday and the atmosphere was so good.
Day 2 // Louvre & Arc de Triomphe
We awoke to British weather, the rain was non stop on our second day so we thought the best way to spend the day would be indoors at the Louvre. Everyone else had the same idea however so we were waiting in the rain for around an hour but the wait was worth it. There’s so much to see at the Louvre, not only in the art but also in the building itself, looking up at the ceilings is a spectacle. We saw the Mona Lisa and it was pretty surreal, the contrast of people clambering to see the painting and her calm expression was crazy.
We later took a scary but fun rickshaw to the champs-élysées area to see the Arc de Triomphe. It is an amazing monument and the view from the top is spectacular, and you get to see the chaotic roundabout below. We spent the rest of the day walking and shopping then getting room service because we were too exhausted to venture out again.
Day 3 // Eiffel Tower
On the third day we did the most touristy thing possible in France and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I wasn’t looking forward to the queues and waiting but due to the rain we missed the queues and it too no time for us to get to the observation decks. The view is amazing and the tower itself is bigger and more intricate than I expected. This is not the best place for someone with a fear of heights but once you get to the top the views are unforgettable.
We stopped at a cute cafe for coffee and Beef Bourguignon then the rest of the day was a write off due to me getting a bad migraine. Once I felt better at around 10 o’clock we did wander around the Opera district which was eerily quiet.
Day 4 // Disneyland & Montmartre
Disneyland! We went to Disneyland on our penultimate day and it was much better than I expected it to be. I do love Disney films, more specifically the films I watched as a kid such as Lion King, Lady & the Tramp, Beauty & the Beast etc but I wouldn’t class myself as a super fan. That being said I felt like a kid again, it’s a well kept place and the rides and attractions are very nostalgic. We went to both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios but I much prefer Disneyland. Again we only had to wait around 5-10 minutes for each ride due to the weather.
After a long and exciting day at Disneyland we took an uber to Montmartre which was pretty quiet and has the best night time views. We didn’t stay here too long as we were tired and needed to pack but you could literally spend all day watching the city.
Day 5 // Shopping
Our flight was in the afternoon so we spent the last day shopping aka I spent a lot of time debating what to buy in Sephora. We also visited the Galleries Lafayette which is an amazing department store with lots of designer things to fawn over. After that we went to the airport and returned to equally rainy England.
I loved my time in Paris, people come away with different perspectives of the city but it is laden with so much history and culture that I loved it. Below is a little video I made compiled of clips from my iPhone.
Have you ever been to Paris? Or would you like to?