I finally made it to Paris after a decade since I was last there. It was such a beautiful city and I can completely understand why it is regarded as the ‘city of love’. There is an abundance of things to do and as a three, we truly accomplished a vast amount of happy tourism! (despite the feeling of pain everyday in our legs and feet!). We managed to squeeze in just about everything into three days in Paris, including one day at Disneyland Paris. We had such an amazing time and I truly will never forget a great few days away with a couple of great girls!
If you are visiting Paris in the near distant future, then take a look at my guide From Paris with love, for a variety of things to do.
Sunset at the Eiffel Tower
For anyone who has visited Paris, The Eiffel Tower is of course a must-have and it comes with an unrivalled view of Paris. We decided that it was about time we made the climb (and by that we mean by use of 600 stairs!). Not only did we climb over 600 stairs to reach the second level, but we made it up for sunset and what a view it was. We made it up for 5.30 exactly and for the next 15 minutes, we were starring reputedly at the changing scenes occurring in the backdrop. There is not much more to say, other than take a look at what we witnessed. It was the most incredible sunset I have ever experienced. For anyone visiting Paris in the imminent future, I would highly recommend going up for sunset – not to mention the hot chocolate at the top is one of the best in Paris! Don’t forget to see the Eiffel Tower glisten and sparkle once an hour after sunset for five minutes.
Tea by The, Paris
Tucked away in the square behind the Louvre is a fabulous tea room opposite the metro station Palais Royale Musée. It’s no Starbucks and don’t get me wrong, I am an avid coffee drinker but popping into this cute and welcoming tea room after breakfast was a great start to the day. The best way to sum up it up – is to call it the ‘Starbucks of Tea’. There is a wide variety of interesting and unique combinations of tea and each variety of tea can be served hot or cold. We tucked into three variety of iced drinks; Mojito (non-alcoholic at 9am of course), Sangria and peach iced tea. The tea room is beautifully decorated with bright and bold tea tins containing loose leaf tea that can be purchased. For around 4 euros, it isn’t too expensive and definitely worth a visit before heading out to the Louvre or Central Paris.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
For those who have a little extra time in Paris and sick of site seeing, then with the perfect autumnal day comes an opportunity to visit some of Paris’s famous parks. Parc des Buttes Chaumont is situated in the northeast of Paris and not too far out of the centre. It is the fifth largest park in Paris and truly beautiful. It has a stunning view over Paris and in the centre has an artificial lake and stream which merges into a waterfall. It is a great spot for a picnic, long or short walk or simply somewhere to take a break from the hustle and bustle. It has a fantastic feature in the centre of the lake which is the Temple de la Sibylle, inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. We took the opportunity to tuck into a typical French lunch from one of the most famous bakeries around; Boulangerie, which included a filled baguette, a French eclair and a drink.
No one can deny being a big kid at times and what better place to be one than at Disneyland Paris. I haven’t been in over a decade and so going back was truly an amazing opportunity and with my closest friends! When in Paris, you can often run out of time for Disneyland Paris due it its location outside of the city, but we made sure that an extra day was included in our trip to facilitate our childhood memories. It was no disappointment. The best part was the finale – an absolutely incredible fireworks display. The photos speak for themselves too and for anyone going, don’t forget to do some shopping – the boutiques are just fab for gifts!
Paris is an exceptionally large place and with a wide variety of restaurants on offer, it’s difficult to decide. We decided to go with Pomodoro; an Italian restaurant in Montmartre. Despite being Italian cuisine, it had a Parisian feel with a refined décor. The restaurant was so small, but it was busy and we went with three varieties of pizza and a glass of wine. The pizza was massive and ridiculously good! If you’re visiting the Sacre-Coeur or the area of Montmartre, Pomodoro is truly a hidden gem behind the main streets of Paris.