The Paris Diaries

Sunday, 11 November 2018

I knew this diary would take me a little while to pull together. Although we were only in The City of Lights for two whole days, it felt like we covered a substantial amount of the city and really got to immerse ourselves from a tourist, and a local point of view.

It's safe to say that I absolutely fell in love with the city from the moment I hopped off the plane, and although we only explored a sprinkling of what Paris has to offer - I know I'll be returning - and not just for the food!

I have tried to whip up an introduction to the city from a newbie point of view and include as much as possible for a really useful insight to the city. 




Square Aristide Cavaillé-Coll:

You're spoilt for choice with an incredible array of architecturally brilliant churches, homes and sculptures in the city, on our first morning in Paris we headed across the road to a church. Exploring here was one of my favourite things on this trip and seeing it so tranquil in it's first part of the day and bustling with locals after noon really was a pleasure. On top of that, I also loved the charming garden, a leafy park sat on either side of the church that has the prettiest cobbled stones, perfect for twirling photo opportunities and pretending you're in a Parisian movie. 

Le Terrasse at Galeries Lafayette: 

If you fancy seeing a truly beautiful view of the city, may I suggest you take a trip to Galeries Lafayette: a department store hampered with lavish design and a rooftop terrace - a fantastic place to watch the sun go down and take in the beauty of the city. 

Louvre Museum: 

Although I'm not really one for busy tourist attractions, this was a must, and seeing the pyramids in person was a surreal experience. So much so, we lost track of time wandering around the grounds and probably taking too many photos. Admiring paintings and sculptures, decoratively lavish ceilings and getting in some culture was so gratifying and although the museum is pretty huge and easy to get lost in, it was worth it for the huge dose of culture and satisfaction you get when leaving. 
P.S Although the Mona Lisa is a renaissance marvel, the entirety of the Louvre museum is packed with art that should not be missed. It's worth exploring the lesser known paintings, and always look up you may be surprised. 

Eiffel Tower:

Naturally the first thing we thought of when it came to our first evening in Paris, was watching the sunset from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Although we were tired and slightly achey from walking around the Louvre, the calling of one of the most popular monuments in the world had us running and before we knew it we were in the lift ready to take in the spectacular views of Paris. Despite having expectations of busy tourists everywhere - one hundred percent correct - we were surprised at how much we loved peeking through the wire pointing out landmarks and trying to locate our hotel. Just make sure you are prepared for the heat and the mega long queues!



Just let me know when I can hop on a plane to explore more of this amazing city.