a weekend in the city of love and lights
I spent my 21st birthday week in Paris and it was perfect! Minus the terrible weather and the yellow jacket protests, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited. I only had a full day and a half there though but I think it was just enough to see everything I wanted to so here’s a blog post on Paris in day and a half!
So I did cheat a little as I didn’t really plan a lot ahead of my trip, it was super spontaneous. I literally brought train tickets the night before and packed my travelling backpack and I was gone with no plans. Thankfully, I found this really amazing website that creates itineraries for you based on the amount of time you have and your interests (not sponsored but you can find the link below!). So I sorted what I was going to do while on the train to Paris and two hours later I arrived! 😊
I arrived at around 11am and go straight to exploring! I brought a weekend hop on-hop off ticket for 30 euros which basically gave me three different bus routes that went through all the iconic Paris tourist spots. It was cute as hell! The company I went with was called Paris Open Tours who I totally recommend!
First thing first, I went to the Musée du Louvre! I know most would go and check out the Eiffel Tower but I wanted to get warmed up first and the line to the Louvre was short and I only waited maybe 15/20 mins and it was free too!! I think this only applies to Europeans under the age 25 (Pre-Brexit perks lol). Anyway, I restricted myself to a timeslot of 2 hours there but I ended up staying for about 4 hours (a good 30 mins trying to look for the exit before getting distracted by something beautiful/amazing). I got a selfie with my girl Mona Lisa (slightly underwhelming lmao) and saw the most beautiful art and I honestly could have even longer in there but alas!
I got a little hungry after so I brought some food from a cute French café and strolled by the Seine and through the Jardin des Tuileries. I grabbed a bench and just relaxed, people watching. My favourite thing was exploring all the bridges and seeing all the cute love locks. Make sure you grab a hot chocolate and find some time to sit outside a café and just relax! Explore the little cobbled streets and get lost in its Parisian charm.
Finally, I got on the bus and went down to Champs-Elysees and then went to check out the L’Arc de Triomphe. By the time I was done with both, I was knackered so headed back to my accommodation.
The next day, I left around noon time, so I got on a different route and went down to see Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre which was just amazing! The view from there is a must see! I also passed the infamous Moulin Rouge 😉
Determined to see everything on my last day, I headed down to the Notre Dame which was pretty and line inside was surprisingly short. Finally, I headed up to the Eiffel Tower, but it was freezing, and I’d lost all motivation to go up but just being there was amazing itself! I went to Trocadero for a better view and it was just stunning! I went again when the sunset so I could see the tower lit up! Insane! Totally fell in love!
Note: You have yellow jacket protesters usually every Saturday so it can be very dangerous on some weekends and then other weekends, it might just be slow traffic and some roads closed.
Anyway, this post was much longer than I expected but as Audrey Hepburn once said – Paris is always a good idea! I probably didn’t go in the best month but oh well! 21 in Paris and it can’t get any better!
Have you been to Paris before? Or any plans to? Let me know!