Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sarah Travels | Paris

Bonjour mes amis!

Just before Christmas I went on a weekend away to Paris with my Cousin/Bestie. I had previously been to Paris way way wayyyy back in 2006 with an ex boyfriend but to say it was a nightmare trip is an understatement. We went for our first year anniversary, and considering it's meant to be the capital of Love, we spent our whole 4 days arguing and the only touristy thing we saw was the Eiffel Tower. How that relationship lasted for 4 years I will never know! 
Despite all the arguments though I did fall completely in love with the city of lights. My bedroom is proof with Eiffel Tower and Paris stuff everywhere, and ever since 2006 I have been so desperate to go back, see all the sights I missed out on and make better memories there. It's such a good feeling to finally be able to sit here and say I have done that and think about Paris with the biggest smile rather than the memories being plagued with arguments. :)

We only went for 2 days but we crammed so much into it that it definitely feels like we went for longer. Our flight was at 7:00am and we just literally dropped our bags off at the hotel and then off we went to explore the French Capital. Our hotel was so cute with the prettiest view over the rooftops of the city from the balcony which looked extra special in the morning when the sun was coming up.

Before we went we had pre-booked our tour bus tickets which meant we could travel freely around the city just  jumping on and off the buses at each tourist spot. The first thing we did was visit the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc is situated right at the very top of the Champs Elysées and we bought tickets to go up to the top. The Arc itself is incredible and such a gorgeous memorial for the veterans who lost their lives in war. The views of Paris from the top was just amazing. There is A LOT of stairs to climb to get to the top but the views just make it so worthwhile. I definitely recommend doing it.
 

 
Next stop was the Eiffel Tower which I had seen on my previous visit to Paris but only managed to get onto the first floor. This time we ventured right up to the top! This was the highlight of my whole trip I think. Standing at the very top of the Eiffel Tower with one of my favourite people, drinking champagne was just the best feeling. You can literally see for miles around and I was strangely not scared which shocked me because I normally get the worst jelly legs with anything to do with heights! It just feels so safe up there though which surprised me a lot. The amount of time you have to queue to get into each lift was pretty ridiculous though, it was just never ending! But definitely worth it. Not only that, I got to see the most beautiful sunset from the second level when I was making my way down. No words for that!


 After the Eiffel Tower we decided to do our river cruise which we got included in the price of the sightseeing bus tickets. Now bearing in mind we went at the very end of November, the cruise was absolutely FREEZING but we got to see the Eiffel Tower light up the sky with its twinkling light display from the River and I have never see anything so pretty in all my life.
The next day we started at the Louvre and I finally got to see the one and only miss Mona Lisa! Plus we got to take the tourist photos outside which I was dying to do haha. I was really shocked at how small the Mona Lisa actually was but I was so excited when I saw it. You can't get too close as there are barriers around it and it's in a glass box but just being close to something so famous was definitely a wow moment. I couldn't get over how grand and extravagant the Louvre was, I thought it would be quite small but it was huge and the interior is probably one of the most gorgeous places I have ever seen! Every ceiling you looked at, every new room you went in was just so beautiful. We didn't have enough time to look around the whole thing so we just went and saw the Mona Lisa and a few other things my cousin wanted to see but I definitely want to go back and have a proper stroll around without worrying about the time.


Next for us little tourists was the absolutely gorgeous Notre Dame. Unfortunately, like with the Louvre, we were on a time limit and the queues to get in were about 2 hours long so we just didn't have the time to go inside but the outside was stunning and I was dying to go hunting for Quasimodo haha. if you are going to visit here and want to go inside I definitely recommend leaving plenty of time for queueing. Next time I'm in Paris this is definitely on my list to re-visit!

After there we headed over to the love lock bridge. I know it's meant for people in relationships but me and my cousin had a best friends lock made and we wanted to put it on. We locked it onto the bridge, and we had 3 keys, we threw one into the river, and we both kept one each and have them on our house keys :) it was such a special moment which I'll never forget and I'm glad I got to share it with my girl! I feel very lucky to have a best friend who is also family and this was a perfect way to put a little extra special stamp on our trip!
The rest of the day we just went shopping down the Champs Elysées. The Christmas markets had just started and they stretched down the whole length of it! It was so gorgeous and Christmassy  and we treated ourselves to a nice mulled cider and some pancakes!
Over the two days we also decided to try some tradition French delicacies so we tried both frogs legs and snails! I was absolutely terrified and my inner wimp definitely made an appearance both times haha! But when in France! The snails were not what I was expecting at all, you have to pick them out of the shell with a little metal fork and they are very very chewy. The frogs legs were also quite chewy and were so much bigger than I was expecting! I nearly had a heart attack when they came out and they were nearly the size of my plate haha! I don't think I will be in a rush to eat either again but at least I can say I have tried a snail and frog! We also had some French Crepes, Creme Brulee, Macaroons and waffles! We definitely ate very well on this trip! You have to try the local food when you travel to a new place, it would be rude not to! Bon appetite!




The trip was just such a lovely and fun weekend and it's made me fall in love with Paris all over again. It was my cousins first time there and she absolutely loved it as well. It's definitely one of those places I know for sure I will be returning to over and over again throughout my life and it will always hold such a special place in my heart. I could spend so many days getting lost in the beautiful streets, sitting on street corners drinking hot chocolate or wine and eating pastries, taking afternoon walks down the Seine and I don't think I would ever get tired of seeing Miss Eiffel in all her glory spreading light all over the city and twinkling like stars in front of my eyes. It's such a magical city and somewhere everyone should experience at least once in their life.


"There is but one Paris, the french air clears up the brain and does good....a world of good" 
- Vincent Van Gogh


Paris, je t'aime ❤️

xxx