Bonjour, Paris! — Day 1

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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

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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!

CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES

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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

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Hat – Topshop / Blouse – F&F / Shorts – Topshop / Bag – Zara / Shoes – Clarks

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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.

The lion sleeps tonight

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Headband – Topshop / Dress – Yumi / Bag – Zara / Shoes – Clarks

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My evening on Friday topped all of the Friday evenings spent before. After 7pm in the summer months, children are banished from London Zoo and stalls for food and drinks are erected for all the adults out there who are really just kids at heart. I am definitely a kid at heart, especially when it comes to animals! I can’t help but coo and aww whatever animal comes my way (except bugs, I absolutely can’t stand bugs!).

Many people were wearing animal onesies or a pair of animal ears, but I decided to go for my new nautical-themed Yumi dress, with a flower headband. I nearly ran into the zoo with the boyfriend as we excitedly rushed from animal house to animal house, looking at all the poor tired animals trying to get an early night’s sleep. I discovered the boyfriend had a fear of snakes (that’s never come up in conversation before!), whilst he tried to push me towards the cockroaches in the bug house (eugh!), but that didn’t matter much. I was in my happy place, and I was singing this song over and over in my head!

I will post more about our outing later in the week, but have any of you been to Zoo Lates?

Senzala Creperie

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I’m halfway through my week off, but I’ve managed to use this valuable time off to catch up on sleep, try out a few new exercise regimes and do a bit of shopping. After a very sleepy morning yesterday, I decided to drag myself out of the house to buy a yoga mat, catch some rays and get a very late lunch. When I don’t have the energy to go into Central London, I like catching the bus to neaby Brixton, which if you haven’t been to, is one of the most lively, rich areas of London.

One of the best parts of Brixton is Brixton Village; I’m so.. so lucky to have it near to me. It’s a veritable smörgåsbord (love that word) of cafés, restaurants, cute little boutiques and food stalls. It’s easy to spend a lot of time wandering around in the market, just because it’s so difficult to pick between the many unique restaurants. It’s foodie heaven!

I decided in the spirit of the World Cup to try out a Brazilian creperie called Senzala, which is situated across from Honest Burgers in the market. They offer a wide selection of savoury and sweet crepes, as well as tapas, milkshakes and ice creams. The boyfriend later asked why I didn’t just go to My Old Dutch – because this restaurant is so much better than My Old Dutch, don’t even compare the two!

I chose to have the healthy light option of chocolate milkshake – a glass of 80% chocolate ice cream, 15% chocolate chunks and a very small amount of whatever else goes in a milkshake. It was beautiful. I drank all of it. I found it really difficult to pick between the crepes, but I’m glad I chose the King Prawn Cajun savoury crepe. It was the best thing I have had all week, filled with juicy prawns, peppers, onions and cheese, as well as a whole lot of cajun flavouring. I really really wanted to finish it all off, but alas, I was sort of defeated after the milkshake.

If you ever head down to Brixton and want some recommendations of which restaurants to go to, I’m definitely here to help. I’ve been to a far few and they’ve not disappointed me yet.

Senzala
Brixton Village Market
41-42 Coldharbour Lane
London SW9 8PS
senzalacreperie.co.uk