Europe Take 2: Paris

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I’m terribly sorry it has taken me so long to get this post together & published. When I returned from Paris I had a short two day turn around to get unpacked & packed again for Rome and also my sister and her family were returning to Canada after Christmas so I wanted to spend as much time as possible with them. Anyway, without further adieu…

If you have read my post about my trip to London you’d know that currently my boyfriend is over from Canada so we are trying to see as much as Europe as we can until he has to return.

On the 7th of January we jetted off to the city of love for two days & two nights. Sound short? It may but you’ll be surprised all that you can see & do :)

DAY 1:

Our journey begin leaving Galway at 2am as our flight was at 6am from Dublin airport. We got into Beauvais just after 9am where we took a bus directly into the centre of Paris. With heavy eyes from no sleep the previous night we caught a glimpse of L’Tour Eiffel on our way in & it gave us a second wind of energy with the excitement.

We checked into the cutest boutique hotel- Hotel Joyce which I would highly recommend to anyone planning a trip soon. Unlike your standard hotel, each room is completely unique. It is in a quite area but it just a short walk from all metro & city bus lines which will get you anywhere in the city. If you are interested in staying there please contact me as they generously gave me a limited number of discount vouchers for my readers.

Our room.

After a short rest, the sightseeing began! First stop was the Louvre. We stood in awe at the exterior architecture & snapped some pics before joining the line to go inside. As it was late in the afternoon it wasn’t that busy, lucky for us. I can’t express in words how incredible it was to walk around in there, gasping at every new piece of art we stumbled across. And I’m not even that well educated in the subject, for those who are or just simply have a passion for it must just be a dream come true. We saw the Mona Lisa& the Wedding Celebration among many more.

Next was Notre Dame. The iconic cathedral may not be on the top of your ‘must-see’ list but I would recommend it. It is free to enter & strolling around inside is an unforgettable experience. Whether your catholic or not, the architecture & art in the stained glass windows & the sculptures are worth a visit.

DAY 2:

We made the most of our second & last day in Paris (on this trip 😉 ). You can’t go to Paris without taking a stroll along or shopping on the Champs Elysees. While we were there, we witnessed the taking down of the remains of the Christmas market. The set-up looked amazing, and big, something I’ll have to visit at some point in the future. On the way we stopped for some crepes & enjoyed the atmosphere as we watched the world go by.

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Eventually we reached the Arc de Triomphe which was much bigger than what it appeared to be in the distance. We climbed to the top where we took in beautiful views of all of Paris, especially the Eiffel tower in the distance. While highly recommended, the journey to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is not for the faint-hearted. There are ALOT of narrow, steep steps but it is worth it all for the view!

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After seeing it from a distance on various occasions we finally went to the Eiffel Tower. You have not truly conquered Paris until you have stood at the footsteps of the L’Tour Eiffel. We caught it at dusk & got some magical pictures for our memories. We were also approached by a caricature artist who sketched a comical portrait of Steve & I. The hilarious result looks nothing like us but it is something we will always have & what better backdrop to have than the Eiffel Tower.

We finished our stay with a lovely meal & wine (of course) before an early flight back the next day.

TOP TIPS:

  • Carry ID- If you are between the ages of 18-25 & an EU citizen you can get free admittance into the Lourve, Arc de Triomphe etc. Even if you’re not an EU citizen, you still get a pretty decent discount!
  • Even if it’s only a couple of words spoken badly, try your best to speak French. The Parisians will be much more obliging & polite if they see you making an effort :)

Another amazing trip! Next stop Roma!!

Stay beautiful,

Unhealthy obsession with all things fashion & beauty.

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