TRAVEL INSPIRATION: PARIS II
If there’s one place we’ll never get tired of blogging about, it’s Paris. This beautiful, romantic city just over the Channel provides the ultimate weekend break for any overworked lady. Art, culture, style and romance all come together perfectly. Whether it’s a walk along the Seine admiring the creativity of Paris’ artists, kissing under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, do my homework for money shopping along the Champs Elysee’s or simply sipping a strong espresso at a pavement bistro, Paris has a vibe and atmosphere unlike any other European destination. Towards the end of last year, I ventured over to our closest neighbours for a flying visit.
Destination: Paris, France
Travel time: Approximately 1 hour flight or 2.5 hours via Eurostar
I love Paris and try to go as often as possible but this time I went to visit friends who had just moved to the French capital from New York.
WHERE TO STAY?
I stayed at a private residence in the Parc Monceau area of the 8th Arrondissement, close to all the main attractions and easily accessible via the Metro.
WHAT DO DO?
Paris is a city built for walking. The best advice I could give you on visiting is just to get a map, figure out where the things you really want to see are, and walk in that general direction. You will find the most beautiful things if you go for a wander and particularly if you allow yourself to get lost.
Also, go up to Montmartre and find the artist’s quarter. If you are a lover of art and romance, there is nothing better than going up to watch the artist set up their easels in the morning whilst you have a coffee.
WHAT TO EAT
French food is an experience. It’s delicious to eat and is always laid out in the most beautiful manner. I had French Onion Soup for the first time during this trip and it was absolutely delicious! Top tip for ordering it though, it is really rich, you may want to share it with someone.
HOW TO GET AROUND
I found it easy to get around. Paris has a great metro system so there is absolutely no need for a car – the drivers are notoriously crazy!
WHAT TO PACK
Take something beautiful to wear to dinner, comfortable shoes for walking during the day, a camera (always take a camera!) and a map of the city.
WOULD YOU VISIT AGAIN?
Yes, definitely. I have still not yet seen everything in the Louvre. Every time I go, I discover something new… and I could never get tired of seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.