Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Finally, I made it to Paris!

We booked to visit Paris a few months ago but had to keep it secret as it was a surprise for my sister's 21st birthday. I was so excited to visit. Believe it or not it was my first trip to Paris itself. I felt such a phoney writing about travel without visiting one of the major destinations so close to me!

Where did you stay?
We stayed at 19 Atelier Montorgueil. It was perfect - just what we needed. There were four of us so there was more than enough space. I would say if there was more than five of you, it would probably be quite cosy...!
The street that we stayed on 'Montorgueil' was really great - it was full of restaurants, bakeries and bars. Perfect for the evenings.

How long for?
We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights.

What did you do?
Our trip started super early, 4.30am to be exact. We got the train down to London so that we could get onto the Eurostar at St. Pancras. It was the first time that any of us had been on the Eurostar - and can't wait to do it again! It was so easy, comfortable...and quick! Although it might take slightly longer than flying, once you arrive at Gare du Nord you're free to go into the city without having to go through security, bag checks etc.

We checked into our apartment (after walking through a rather questionable area!!) and had a pit stop at Cesar before heading out to explore the city.

We visited Notre Dame and admired at the beautiful rose window. It is such a wonderful building and a service was going on whilst we were visiting which made it even more special.

We had our evening meal in perhaps the most British restaurant/pub in Paris - the Frog & Rosbif. The walk back was slightly damp but it began my love affair with the Parisian buildings!

Day 2 started bright and early with us conquering the metro. We had booked to do a 'Fat Tire Bike Tour'. The rain was continuous but that didn't stop us - we bought some ponchos (so stylish) and accepted the 'drowned rat' look. It was a great way to see the city. We stopped for lunch - and a much needed vin chaud - in the Jardin des Tuileries. It wasn't all bad, I still managed to get some pictures...

Our guide was called Dan and was very helpful and informative. He was married to a Parisian girl and gave us some tips of where to go away from the tourist traps.

We ate once again on our street - this time at Bianco. Such wonderful pizza!!

On Wednesdays the Louvre is open until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you get the chance, go for one of these later evenings. When we rode past on our bike tour during the day, the queue was huge but at 5ish we walked straight in. The Louvre was great but so busy (even without the queues outside!)

If you want to see Mona Lisa you have to fight for your place...

We took the 'scenic route' back afterwards, through Jardin des Tuileries. Just look at the evening sun on the beautiful!!

Our final day in Paris began with another cultural stop, this time Musée d'Orsay. Almost everybody I spoke to said that they preferred this over the Louvre and I agree. It's lighter, quieter and definitely worth a trip. We were there at about 10.30am and didn't have to queue.

It was really great weather on our final day, so we walked along the Seine taking in some more of the sights. 

Top tip: for those that have put a padlock on this bridge or are planning to - just out of the frame there were men with saws cutting them all off...

After Musée d'Orsay we took the metro all the way up to Sacré-Coeur and Monmartre. To get to Sacré-Coeur there are a LOT of steps - or you can take the little shuttle train up (I think it costs about 1.90). 

The Church was beautiful, you have to be quiet inside as it is still used in continuous worship. However, it was the view that stole the show. You get a panoramic view of the city and photos just don't do it justice.

We wandered back through Monmartre, stopped for lunch at a restaurant I didn't catch the name of, before making our way back to Gare du Nord.

Such a wonderful few days - and the start of a love affair for me...and the Parisian buildings.


  1. I visited Paris when I was 15 on a school trip and haven't really wanted to go back since but these photos are seriously making me want to book a train right now!

    1. That's so great! I can't believe that I had never been before. Glad the photos inspired you!!

  2. Seems like you had a really enjoyable family experience and top-notch photos too. I still have unfinished business from my last trip to Paris as I missed out on some tourist spots. Speaking of spots I think you missed out on a good photographic spot for Jardin Des Tulleries though and I wonder did you get the chance to munch on some croissants or crepes? Otherwise good read :)

    Johnny| The Travel Connoisseur

    1. Thank you for reading! I managed to find a few croissants to try!!

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