This weekend I went to Paris. I’ve been wanting to go back for such a long time as I haven’t been since I was around 12 years old.
Instead of flying we decided to get the Eurostar on Friday after work. Much cheaper and probably about the same amount of travelling required. Although, me being a bit ditzy it didn’t cross my mind that there would be security and passport control. DOH! Luckily I had decided to bring my passport just in case it was needed, otherwise we probably would have been in a little bit of a pickle.. We got on the Eurostar and had a nice surprise when we realised that we booked Standard Premier seats (basically Premium Economy) instead of Standard seats. Thank you awful memory!
Our train was slightly delayed leaving London St Pancras so we didn’t get to our hotel until about 11pm. We stayed at Hotel Haussmann Saint Augustin which ended up being a much better location than I was expecting. After we checked in and dropped our stuff off in our room we decided to go for a wander to get a glass of wine, and if we were lucky a little bite to eat. After walking for about 5 minutes and having a few bars saying that they were closing we came across a nice little corner bar/restaurant called La Pepiniere that luckily was still open for drinks but unfortunately not for food. We decided to stay here anyway and had a large glass of Bordeaux and a little pot of peanuts that the waiter had brought out for us. After we finished our wine we headed back to the hotel to call it a night before our early Saturday morning start.
After a great nights sleep we were out of the hotel by 9am and ready to start our day. We hopped on the Metro to go to the place I had read had the most perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. If you follow me on instagram you would have seen this by now, but if not I will be including some photos at the bottom of this post. After taking lots of photos and a few selfies we decided it was time to go get some breakfast as we were starving! Down the road there was a row of cute little restaurants so we had plenty of options to choose from. We ended up going to a little place called Cafe Kleber that had a fab breakfast deal for €12.50 which had a coffe, tea or hot chocolate, freshly squeezed orange juice, a crossaint or a pain au chocolat and half a mini buttered baguette. I had honestly forgot how good freshly made crossaints tasted, they really don’t taste the same back home! And that freshly squeezed orange juice was amazing.. Whilst having breakfast we looked online to see if we could get tickets to go up the Eiffel Tower in the evening. Unfortunately tickets for the top floor were totally sold out and you could only get tickets for Level 2 by turning up and queing. We decided to head over to see if we could get tickets hoping that the queue wasn’t insanely long. We got to the station and we could already tell that our hopes seemed pretty unlikely. Remaining positive we decided to still go and check out…. Turns out our positivity did not work in our favour, as the queue was so long! We reckoned it would have taken at least 2 hours to get to the front, so we decided not to bother. Instead we stayed in the area and wandered around until we came across a souvenier shop, which we ended up buying a few bits in. Happy with our purchases and starting to get a bit peckish again we decided to stop off at the bar/restaurant next to the souvenier shop which was called Le Bailli de Suffren. We were secretly hoping that they would turn on the Royal Wedding so that we could see the ceremony and of course Meghan’s dress. We ordered some wine and some chips and chatted away whilst occasionally checking the TV to see if they were going to change the channel.. We waited, and waited, and waited… and then finally we turned around and we could see Windsor Castle on the screen. We were so happy we decided to order some more wine and watch until the end of the ceremony… And as expected Meghan looked beautiful! I know there has been a massive difference of opinion on her dress but I thought it was gorgeous.. After the ceremony was over we payed up and headed over towards Arc de Triomphe. It was so busy! I of course had to get a selfie in front of it, so I decided to go onto the road to take it. Luckily there was a nice little space which cars didn’t seem to go anywhere near, so I felt reasonably safe. That is until little Tuk Tuks came by and decided to take my photo spot… Deciding we’d had enough of playing ‘lets hope we don’t get hit by a Tuk Tuk’ we decided to hop in one and head down the road to find some lunch. The Tuk Tuk dropped us off just outside the Louis Vuitton shop and we wandered around trying to find somewhere that looked nice and was in the sunshine. Nothing took our fancy, until we noticed a little side street and saw a nice little restaurant with outdoor seating and sun shining on it. It was meant to be!! Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of this restaurant but they has Escargot on the menu so I was very happy. I know it sounds gross but they are honestly one of my favourite dishes to have when in France… and they did not disappoint! Happy and full we decided to head back towards the hotel and go to the little bar/restaurant that we had been to the night before to get a bit more sunshine and some more wine.. Once the sun started to go behind the buildings we decided it was time to head back to the hotel to start getting ready for dinner.. 2 hours later and ready to go we headed back over the river to a place we thought we would be able to see the Eiffel Tower all lit up from. We ended up going to a restaurant called Bistrot Alexandre III which was just below Pont Alexandre III. I had mussels and fries for dinner with a caipirinha to drink. The mussels and chips were lovely but unfortunately the caipirinha was undrinkable. I like tequila and love a caipirinha but this just tasted like pure tequila and salt. Not so nice unless you’re doing a tequila shot.. After leaving the restaurant and feeling a bit tired we decided it was time to call it a day.. But not before we stopped on the bridge to get some photos of the Eiffel Tower all lit up.. Such a lovely way to spend a Saturday!
Our last day. We got up a little later today and packed up everything before we got ready for our day. After we were ready and checked out we left our cases at the hotel and headed over towards The Louvre. We were quite hungry by the time we arrived so we walked down the street until we found a restaurant called Cafe Palais Royal where we decided to have brunch. I had Escargot again and a Croque Monsieur with fries. Best Escargot yet. So yummy and garlicy! Happy and now full we headed over to The Louvre, hoping again that the queue wasn’t going to be insane.. Unfortunately once again we were not in luck. The queue was huge.. Instead we just took some photos, a few selfies and the classic ‘touching the tip of The Louvre’ photos and moved on. We walked over to Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and through Carrousel Garden to get the Metro to Sainte-Chapelle. We arrived at the Metro station and walked down to the Sainte-Chapelle and FINALLY luck was on our side as the queue wasn’t very long. Although by now I had wished we planned it a bit better and booked tickets so we could skip the queues! About 10 minutes later we were inside and so glad we had stayed and queued because it was stunning inside. The stain glass windows were a sight to behold. So incredible and colourful! We wandered around and took tons of photos.. After a good wander around we left and walked over to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is another place that I regretted not booking as the queue was longer than every other queue we had seen and due to our time restraints we really couldn’t afford to queue for 3 or more hours. Such a shame as I would have loved to go in. Next time though! We took some photos and then decided to go grab a drink and maybe a bite to eat. But not before I decided it was a good idea to feed the pigeons (There was a lady who had seeds and was handing them out to people).. This was my biggest regret! I didn’t even get a chance to ready myself for all of them landing on me, before I had 6 fly and land on me at the same time. I screamed like a little girl and waived my arm to get them off of me… It didn’t work. They only got off me when there wasn’t any food left in my hand. Thank goodness for the hand sanitiser that I carry around with me because I felt horrible and dusty after this ‘experience’. Recovered from my ordeal we continued walking to find a little cafe, after turning down a few streets we came across a nice little place called Cafe Le Dante and ordered a sprite and a hot chocolate each.. Once we finished we left and walked on to find a place to eat. Another few streets later we came across a very french looking place which had massive signs for Raclette (my fave) and we were sold! This place was called Le Marmiton de Letuce. Unfortunately I did not get the Raclette as it was for a minimum of two people and my friend wanted something else. Instead I settled on baked camembert (another fave) with nuts and honey. In the end I did not regret my choice as this was delicious and hit the spot perfectly. After we paid we headed back to the hotel as it was now time to get to the station to go home!
I think it’s fair to say that I had an amazing time in Paris and I ate delicious food. I really can’t complain.. Although I wish we had planned it better and booked The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Notre Dame Cathedral in advance but you live and learn. I will definitely make sure to do this next time I go back.
Thanks for reading x