The Paris Travel Guide
I have always wanted to go to Paris, cliché I know, but it has been on my list of places to visit for many years and this April I finally got to see it. My boyfriend and I could not decide on a place to visit for his birthday and after some convincing, I suggested Paris and he agreed! I found myself to fall head over heels in love with the city, the metro was cooler than I thought it would be. I was lucky that my boyfriend could navigate us around – successfully. The landmarks always seem overrated when you’re looking at photos or listening to other people’s experiences, but I was in awe of them. The Eiffel Tower is so beautiful when lit up at night, and the Sacre Coeur is perfect for getting in a cardio workout – there are so many steps! Seeing as I gained a new found love for Paris, I thought I would share my own little abridged guidebook of the hotel we stayed in, shops, bars and restaurants so you have everything for when you want to visit.
The Hotel - Hotel Eugene en Ville
The hotel that we stayed in was a cute little boutique hotel in the centre of Paris, and right next to the metro station, perfect for getting to places. We were welcomed by the loveliest reception staff and they informed us of how to get to the famous landmarks of Paris. The room itself was spacious enough for two, and we even had a terrace; making the most of eating our breakfast before the down pour. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking to stay in the centre of Paris and have a medium budget.
Places – Landmarks
The Eiffel Tower
If you are looking for somewhere romantic to go in the evening, the Eiffel Tower is perfect when lit up in the evening. It lights up around 9pm and then again every hour until daylight.
The Scare Coeur
The Scare Coeur is a beautiful Cathedral but you will need some comfy shoes to get there. Be prepared for quite a few steps, but it will be worth it once you reach the top. The interior is intrinsic and there was even a live service!
Seeing the Louvre is a must! The building is architecturally exquisite and perfect for that photo opportunity. The museum itself is on the large scale, and it will take you a few hours to work your way around. A tip – do not spend hours in the pots section; I blame my boyfriend for that.
After being annoyed that I only really got to see pots at the Louvre, I booked a last minute ticket to the Musee d’Orsay and it was worth it! This museum features famous paintings, statues and exhibitions. I even bought a sketch book to kick start my artistic flare.
Food and Shopping
This restaurant/rooftop bar is absolutely beautiful, and features a botanical vibe. The food is amazing and there are many options, from traditional French food to Italian. I had a delicious pasta and a tasty cocktail. I would highly recommend this place.
As much as I love looking at designer clothing, affordability is also useful and the Champ Elysees is an area with all your recognisable high street shops. If you need a little hot chocolate break, Laduree is the ideal sweet cafe!
Where is your ‘go to’ in Paris?