Bonjour mes amis!
It has been too long! I hope you haven’t missed me. To make up for my absence, I’m compiling a little diary of my recent Parisian adventure. The lovely boyfriend organised a short weekend trip for my birthday, as I’ve never properly been to Paris. [note: I don't count my traumatic trip to Paris Disneyland as a toddler because it left me with a residual fear of rollercoasters! Eek!]
And now I’m wondering why I haven’t visited sooner! Paris was everything I imagined it to be and more. There was beauty in every street corner and in every French word I heard; it was like meeting an old friend after so many years. After watching Amélie many years ago, I took a disappointing module in French during university (I just couldn’t get the grammar), but this has got me thinking I should try the tortuous process again so I can at least sound like Audrey Tautou!
I hope you enjoy my little diary of Paris. I can’t wait to go back to explore more.
THE EIFFEL TOWER
After catching the first Eurostar train, we decided to make for Eiffel Tower. Even though it was gloomy with grey skies, we couldn’t help but be a little taken back by such an iconic landmark. As we didn’t pre-book tickets, we waited for over an hour under the tower to catch the slightly unnerving lift that runs through the columns, but the moment we reached the Second Floor, suddenly the sun came out!
We walked down the Champs-Élysées from Arc de Triomphe, hunting for burgers and the infamous Ladurée. There was a long queue of tourists waiting to get their signature little green or pink box of multi-coloured macarons. I chose salted caramel, vanilla, Venezualan chocolate, raspberry, strawberry and lemon. I managed to resist them until I returned to the UK, but within 10 minutes of taking my first bite, all the macarons were gone. Que c’est délicieux!
JARDIN DES TUILERIES + LOUVRE
Hat – Topshop / Blouse – F&F / Shorts – Topshop / Bag – Zara / Shoes – Clarks
Our final stop for the day was reaching the end of the Champs-Élysées, where there is the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. We drew up some chairs next to the main fountain to sunbathe and people watch. There were a lot of couples taking in the romantic Parisian air and making the most of it! We then walked a short distance to the Louvre; a lot of people were doing the ‘I’m touching the tip of Louvre‘ pose, so instead the boyfriend decided he’d make me look like a hobbit instead, ha! Now that’s what love is.