Dealing with an awful January, myself and Mum decided to have a “Fuck it” moment, and book ourselves a short trip to Paris. With only a few days available, a destination that would be hot enough for a beach holiday would take too long to travel to, and wouldn’t be worth the time and the typical Mediterranean holidays such as Greece and Italy weren’t hot enough for this time of year. So what could we do that would give a little luxury, but also take our minds off the world. PARIS. With the added fact that Mum has never been and the week fell on my birthday, we booked.
We booked our flights with EasyJet as it was cheaper than the Eurostar, however I suppose what you pay extra for is the convenience. Still, the difference in costs was still greater than paying for airport parking, petrol and then taxi from Charles Du Galle to central paris, so overall flying was still the cheaper option.
We arrived around 5pm and grabbed a cab straight to our hotel. We stayed at The West End Hotel, which is located between the Arc du Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, both about a 5 minute walk, and so has all the conveniences of such a central place. The hotel was everything we wanted. subtly placed along a quiet street with all its luxury, we still felt very much at home. The reception had an adjoining living space with an ‘honesty bar’ which was serve as much as you want, but leave a donation and then a small restaurant for breakfast. It was when you reached the stairs where the first jaw dropped. I magically lit stairwell that seemed to go on forever, it reminded me of something from Harry Potter. We were on the second floor and our room was on a corner, so lots of space including a corner balcony. Traditional and luxurious, with a stylish interior, for us it ticked all boxes.
We spent our first day ticking off the tourist list, we started at the Arc Du Triomphe, then walked down to Laduree to try the world famous macaroons, to then continue walk down Av. des Champs – Elysees to browse the shops. After a few purchases, we dropped our bags off back at the hotel, then went onward to the Eiffel Tower in which we went up to the second floor and gazed over the beautiful City.
The height brought on an appetite so we found a near bye cafe for some lunch and I also mentally prepped mum for an hour walk down by the river toward Notre Dame. I did this last time I visited Paris and I really recommend it. I mean you don’t notice how long it takes to walk because there is SO much to see. Also in the summer, the river is lined by amazing art stalls, which I purchased a few prints from I must admit.
Our final stop of the day was another 20 minute walk around the corner to find the best Eclairs in the world from L’Eclair de Gene. When I say these are the best, I mean that when I quote from Mum ‘I’ll never buy a supermarket Eclair again’.
We spent the next day in Montmartre, we intended on visiting the Louvre, buts its closed on Tuesdays. So we took the lift up the hill to the Bohemian heaven of arts and music. This was my favourite part of Paris, untouched by glitz and glamour, this part of Paris had streets lined with artists, small traditional cafes and quaint shops and galleries. It’s position over looking the Parisian skyline was truly beautiful.
We finished our evening with a show at the Moulin Rouge. I felt like it had to be done being such a historic and Iconic place. The show itself was impressive, dancing singing and boobs! Acrobats and gymnasts amazing us with tricks and jaw dropping body control, a pool of snakes and a circus act with Shetland ponies. The layout of the theatre is of a restaurant as you have the option to enjoy a pre show dinner, but we just opted for the show, which did come with a complimentary bottle of champagne.
The last day was my birthday, and I spent it in the best possible way, Disney Land Paris! We walked to Charles De Gaulle Etoile station and got a direct train to Disney! Easy! The admission was that of a regular theme park, and we enjoyed the rides, the parades and of course the food!
So that was a summary of my time in Paris, if you wnt you can follow the trip on my vlog. Thanks for reading!