Bonjour Bitches – I have fallen in love!I’ve just returned from a five day trip to the City of lights, the romance and fashion capital of the world, the beautiful Paris!
Everything in Paris just seemed to steal my heart – the buildings, the food, the markets, the fashion! Here I’m going to share a few highlights from my trip, including places to go and eat, and my favorite outfits.
On my first full day in Paris, we walked from the apartment we we’re staying in at Bastile to Île Saint-Louis, stopping in pretty boutique stores, and through to Île de la Cité to take in the beautiful Notre-Dame. The sun was shinning and the warm temperature was just right for a stroll along the Seine and in the beautiful Palais Royal. After working up an appetite, we stopped for lunch at the charming Canard & Champagne – or Duck & Champagne in English. As you may have guessed from the name, this restaurant serves only duck and champagne (OK, I’ve said duck and champagne far too much now!) It was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and the lemon meringue dessert was delicious. We walked it off through the famous Passages, covered passages that house shops, restaurants and theaters, before settling down around the Palais Royal fountain to soak up some afternoon sunshine.
Day two in Paris was spent at the beautiful Palace of Versailles. Technically 20km outside of Paris, it is well worth the trip. We got a train to Versailles River Droite station and from there it was a short 20 minute walk through the charming town and up the hill to the Palace. Despite having pre-purchased tickets online, there was still a big queue to get in, although thankfully it moved relatively quickly. We picked up our audio guides (which are included in the cost of admission) and made our way through the stunning rooms. My favourite was of course the famous Hall of Mirrors! After a spot of lunch in one of the cafes, we headed into the gardens. The weather was perfect for walking through the stunning grounds and visiting the Trianon palaces. The Petite Trianon was Marie Antoinette’s escape from the main palace, and here she created beautiful English style gardens and even a little hamlet!
Saturday was our last full day in Paris and once again the weather was beautiful. After enjoying croissants from the local bakery for breakfast on the balcony, we headed across the street from our apartment through the local market and to the metro. Our first stop of the day was Place du Trocadero for beautiful views of the Effiel Tower and a quick photo op. Next, we strolled through more markets, where I must have taken hundreds of pictures of all the beautiful flowers and delicious produce. One of the best way to see Paris is by taking a cruise along the Seine. We boarded the Bateaux-Mouches for an hour long cruise, enjoying the glorious afternoon sunshine and stunning views. After stopping for lunch in a quintessentially Parisian cafe, we headed to Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur. High up on the hills, with breathtaking views of the city, Montmartre was historically known as the artists district of Paris, and today the streets and squares are still filled with painters and sketchers. Macaroon and crepe shops are also in abundance and we were soon eating our way through some delicious treats. In the evening we went to a delightful bistro where I had the best steak and tarte tatin ever. It was the perfect ending to our Parisian trip!
I had the best time in Paris, and I honestly cannot wait to go back and do more exploring. If you’ve been to Paris and have any recommendations for my next visit, let me know in the comments!