My recent trip to Paris consisted of lots of photo snapping galore, so I was très eager to share every snap with you, hopefully bringing out your inner tourist.
I know I looked like a complete utter tourist with my camera round my neck, lugging a backpack and obviously not dressed the part as I wasn’t expecting 25 degree heat… But oh well! There’s no shame in doing so, is there? So, grab a macaroon (possibly from my recipe here) and put on some Parisian music. Day 1: We had 20 minutes to freshen up and we were out the door, heading to the Notre Dam metro-style.
Then headed to the Latin Quarter for a taste of snails (which I’m not going to be snacking on any time soon) and a bit of French Cuisine to fill us up, ready for the busy days ahead. Day 2: A morning of art galleries and word-wide famous Museums. Starting with Le Louvre, of course. Swiftly moving onto Musée D’Orsay.
This building was originally a train station, shown by it’s amazing features such as the 2 huge clocks overlooking the Seine. Next on the agenda, clocking when the Eiffel Tower would sparkle. And this was key because it only alights on the hour, so we didn’t want to be hanging round in the cold.
Day 3: Firstly, we had the boat tour along the Seine, but of course we had to stop by and take a few shots of the Eiffel Tower. I highly recommend the boat trip because it’s perfect on a sunny morning when you still have your bed head on. The sound of the waves leave you in a trance, and you are in a complete oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Parisian streets. Day 4: We had a rather long day ahead of us. So to start a bit of retail therapy was much needed. But before that, we climbed the 284 steps up to the very top of the Arc de Triomphe. The clouds parted above the Champs-Elysées, which was a sign that some hard-core shopping was about to be done. I was very chuffed with myself for re-living Kendal’s moment on the carousel by the Eiffel Tower, and ticked one or two things off my bucket list. Tonight was the night we had all been waiting for, the best view in Paris.(Hint: there’s a reason why you can’t see the Eiffel Tower). Day 5: We had our morning hike up the many, many steps up to Montmartre town, where Sacré-Coeur sat overlooking Paris. Loaded up on gelato. Wandered the quaint streets. We kept spotting Dalí signs and posters throughout Paris, so we thought we’d check it out and see what the fuss was about. All his paintings are so surreal and colourful, only Dalí could have made these. “Sans Gala je ne serais rien, elle est mon oxygène” – Dalí A long weekend of art galleries and gelato, perfect huh? See you in Paris, and bon voyage! Jemima Plume Xx