I went to Paris for a long weekend back in March this year with my best friend Lana (you’ll get to know her well I can assure you). We were there for the best part of four days – Friday through to Monday. Both Lana and I are meticulous planners, organisers and extreme list makers so we knew exactly what we wanted to do whilst we were there. I thought it might be helpful to give you a mini break down of our trip and what I would definitely recommend doing if you’re thinking of heading to the most beautiful city.
~ Lets start with the basics ~
HOTEL ; We stayed in the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel, I kid you not we were literally opposite the Eiffel tower! We both really wanted to have a view of the famous monument from our room so we paid a little extra, but any room in this hotel would be perfect. I can not fault one thing about this hotel. The staff were so helpful and polite, the food was amazing (we were guilty of ordering quite a lot of room service over the weekend), the hotel as a whole but especially the rooms were so clean – I would definitely stay here again.
TRAVEL ; We booked our trip through Expedia.com – it just so happened that we booked our flights and hotel together. We flew from London Gatwick to Charles de Gaulle in Paris. We managed to get pretty good flight times that meant we wouldn’t loose much of our days in Paris. Once we arrived we just hopped on the bus which stopped outside our hotel, going back to the airport was just as simple.
SIGHT SEEING ; We had all the classics on our list – The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Lourve, the Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montparnasse Tower and the Galeries Lafayette. We did our research before we went so we knew what was within walking distance from each other (but let’s just say we underestimated slightly how much walking we would be doing!). The approach we took was to try and tick off two/three of the sights each day and link in some of the food places we had in mind, which leads me on to talk about…
FOOD ; I had this great image in my head of Paris being THE place for breakfasts – I thought croissants, pastries, french toast, pancakes, fresh fruit etc etc. Well NO that was not the case – we struggled daily to find somewhere to eat breakfast (we could have opted to eat at the hotel… but of course with this magnificent image in my mind why would I settle for that when Paris has so much to offer?). Instead we ended up having breakfast in Starbucks most days, until the last morning of our trip when we ordered room service at the hotel which was absolutely incredible! Over the weekend we also went to Angelina’s in the Luxembourg Gardens and made a pit stop at the Laduree flagship store on the Champs-élysées – one of my favourite places in Paris.
Although we did use the metro every day to get to where we needed to be we also did a lot of walking, Paris is so beautiful you can’t help but stop every five minutes to take pictures or to browse in a designer shop. One thing I had to learn the hard way in Paris is that pick-pocketing can happen no matter how careful you are… I thought I’d been overly cautious with my bag/purse/phone yet still had my purse stolen out of my bag on the metro all because I was trying to eat a percy pig?!
We didn’t actually go up the Eiffel Tower and instead went to the top of the Montparnasse Tower – this way the Eiffel Tower was in our pictures. I would really recommend doing this! One of our favourite places was the Galeries Lafayette, this is pretty much Selfridges and Harrods rolled into one in an absolutely beautiful building. I think we spent the best part of two hours browsing all of the designer boutiques.
If you’re thinking of going to Paris for a long weekend I would really recommend doing your research and doing some planning beforehand as there’s so much to fit in.
Overall I loved my weekend in Paris with my bestie, I can’t wait to book our next trip!
Lots of Love