I am so sorry for the lack of posts, life has been so busy recently and I have only just realised it has been over two weeks since my last post! I have been focused on sorting weddings bits out, catching up with family & friends and if you follow my Instagram you will already know I was in Paris for the weekend! So I thought I would tell you a little bit about our trip…
I originally booked this last August for Adrian’s birthday, but as we were so busy at the end of 2017 I booked it for March to give us something to look forward too.
We got the 8.12AM train from Ebsfleet Friday morning. This was my first time on the Eurostar and I cannot believe how easy it was, it literally took 5 minutes to go through security! I chose to go from Ebsfleet as it’s only a short drive from us rather than going all the way to London to come back on ourselves. After arriving in Paris just after 11AM we hopped in a cab to our hotel to drop our bags off and start exploring. As our hotel was close to the Arc De Triomphe we started our afternoon there. The detail of the building is amazing, we spent some time looking at it all then climbed the 284 steps to the top and took in the most INCREDIBLE view of Paris. On the way down we checked out the photograph exhibition of the various soldier uniforms.
Facts I learnt about Arc De Triomphe:
- The construction of the Arc de Triomphe was decided in 1806 by Napoleon (the French Emperor) as he wanted to honour the Grande Armee, the name of the French army at that time. The Grande Armee had conquered most of Europe and was then considered invincible. After his Austerlitz victory in 1805, Napoleon said to his soldiers: “You will return home through archs of triumph”.
- The Arc de Triomphe cost 9.3 million French francs, a huge amount of money at that time
- The crazy ten-lane, twelve exit roundabout / junction that circles the monument has a rule that any motoring incident happening here results in a 50/50 agreement to settle all claims! It is crazy to watch the cars driving around
From there, enjoying the sunshine we took a stroll to see out the Eiffel tower, after having a look around we sat down for some French food & wine at Le Champ de Mars. Feeling refreshed we then walked (yes more walking) in the direction of our hotel but this time walking up the Champs-Elysees (The Oxford Street of Paris) checking out all the stores.
After returning to our hotel we unpacked then sorted ourselves out for dinner. We had a few drinks in our hotel bar before taking a taxi to a favourite restaurant of Adrian’s, Vaudeville.
Waking up on Saturday we were greeted to the annoying sound of rain… not what you want on a weekend away! We decided to walk to the Louvre and check out the museum so we can take shelter from the rain whilst being cultural and admiring the art work, especially the famous Mona Lisa… however it seemed that everybody in Paris had the same idea as the queue was ridiculously long! Deciding against standing in the rain for a few hours in the queue we carried on to Notre Dame. At this point we were soaked through to the skin so after taking in the beauty of the building we jumped in the first Café we saw for a quick hot chocolate and coffee to warm us up before getting a cab back to our hotel.
A quick change of (dry) clothes we headed out to Francois Felix for a late lunch. Deciding that drinking wine in the warm was far more fun than walking around in the rain, which was now turning to snow, we stayed a while and enjoyed the views. Heading back to our hotel we asked our reception to recommend a nice local fish restaurant as we were in the mood for some good seafood. They recommended L’Huitrier which was only a five minute walk away, perfect! It was a very small restaurant with only about ten tables tight packed together, so you get to know your neighbours very well! The food was amazing! I would definitely recommend if you were in the area and on the hunt for good seafood and didn’t fancy a fancy restaurant, just good and local. Our last night slowly came to an end…
Waking up slightly later Sunday morning (because no matter what country you are in, it really isn’t a Sunday unless you have a little longer snooze) we packed our bags and checked out of our hotel. We had a few hours to kill until our train home so we went in search of good croissants for breakfast, somewhere in the warm as the wind was getting very bitter! Feeling very full and satisfied with our Pain au Chocolat we had a final shop at the Champs-Elysees. I also had my FIRST EVER Sephora experience… WHY do we not have this magnificent shop in the UK yet?!
Quickly shoving my Sephora purchases into my case (that was struggling to zip up before oops) we headed back to Gard Du Nord, to catch our train home, back to the blanket of snow that had appeared in Kent since we left Friday morning!
My first ever weekend in Paris was wonderful and I plan to return again one day, hopefully soon! But next time when the sun is out and the rain clouds are nowhere to be seen…
Thank you for reading!