After years, (not even exaggerating) of wanting and dreaming of going to Paris, I finally went. They say Paris is the city of love and I totally fell in love with the city.
The weather was beautiful and it felt so magical to be there! The buildings and streets were beautiful, the array of bakeries and patisseries kept my tummy very happy and the picture perfect moments just kept coming. Paris did not disappoint!
Here’s my 48 hours in Paris….
Where I stayed:
We stayed at the cool Hotel Montholon. My boyfriend booked the hotel for my Christmas present and he did a very good job! The hotel design was inspired by the scandi minimalisitic vibes and it was just perfect for what we wanted. The staff were super lovely and helpful and we had a really yummy breakfast at the small hotel every day! It had a gorgeous view from the window of perfect Parisian building! I would highly recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a small, unique, friendly and quirky hotel! We stayed for 2 nights, I think 3 nights would be the perfect amount of time. I want to go back already!
What I did:
- The Lourve (14 Euros entrance) – If you can, buy your ticket in advance as the queue was a lot shorter if you had tickets! To be honest, I only wanted to see ole Mona! It was a small painting behind a glass wall… but I felt like I had to go and see her!
- Eiffel Tower – OH MY GOODNESS. Literally obsessed with the tower. It just felt so magical! I actually got up early and got there for 6.30 to watch the sunrise!… and also get a few snaps without other tourists! We didn’t go back in the evening to see it sparkle and I’m so gutted we didn’t…. next time I will! We didn’t go up the tower because the queue was huge and we hadn’t pre-bought the tickets.
- Arc De Triomphe (15 euros entrance)– Again, another little beauty! This is on a HUGE 8 lane roundabout, crazy! We pre-bought tickets and went up to the top. You can see the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc De Triomphe and so many other things so that’s why I wasn’t too gutted about not going up the top of the Eiffel.
- Pont Alexandre III – a gorgeous bridge crossing the river Seine. It has gorgeous gold detailing and again you can see the Eiffel Tower from here.
- Champs Elysees – The stunning iconic road leading up to the Arc De Triomphe, loved walking down here and just taking in the Parisian feels!
- Trocadero – This is the perfect area to take in the gorgeous view of the Eiffel tower and this is where everyone captures their standing on the stairs looking out to the tower shot! I bought a bottle of water and can of Fanta from a small stall here and it cost me 8 freaking euros, so maybe carry a drink with you or find a local supermarket.
- Grand Palais – We didn’t go in to the palace but the gardens were free to get in to and so pretty! This is also where the black and white stripy plinths are! Unfortunately when we got there, there was 101 children running around but luckily found a quiet area in the corner to get our snaps!
- Sacre-Coeur – The stunning white Roman Catholic church on the top of the hill, where you can look out on to the beautiful Paris! This is in an area called Montmartre. A lovely old village full of cute coffee shops and little arty shops. We spent a few hours here and sat outside and had lunch in the sun!
- A Visit to Laduree – would a trip to Paris be complete without a visit here? There are plenty dotted around the city!
- General wander around the city – This is always my favourite thing to do, just walk and get lost! You will always discover things you woudn’t have seen if you stuck to the main route or got the metro!
Jacket – Urban Outfitters
4 best photo spots in Paris:
- Trocadero steps looking out to the Eiffel Tower
- Royal palace black and white stripy plinths
- Capturing the Eiffel tower through the Parisian streets
- Standing on the boxes by The Lourve
I couldn’t pick out my favourite parts because I genuinely loved all of it!! The only 2 negative things I have to say is….
- It was expensive!
- Very luckily, we didn’t have anything stolen but the area is known for pickpockets, so if you’re planning on going just keep your bag safe!
Paris, I’ll be back!