21 in Paris

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!

37 Comments

  1. April 2, 2019 / 7:32 am

    Beautiful. There’s no ‘best time’ to visit the city, visiting Paris in any one of the four seasons has its individual rewards, however, it’s often said that Spring and Autumn present Paris at it’s most picturesque.

    • Asha
      Author
      April 3, 2019 / 6:22 pm

      So true! It’s a beauty!

  2. April 3, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    Paris is amazing for those who don’t live in france – I think I’ve lost the initial surprise considering I live in France but at the beginning I felt just like you did! It sounds like you had a fabulous time! x
    Marina Rosie x
    https://www.marinawriteslife.com/

    • Asha
      Author
      April 3, 2019 / 6:23 pm

      I don’t know if I’d ever get sick of Paris haha! Thanks for reading!

      Asha 🙂

    • Asha
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 8:16 am

      Thank you!! And I’m with you – take me back! haha

  3. April 3, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    Paris is such a fantastic city and there’s so much to explore! Loving your beautiful shots.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Asha
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 8:18 am

      Thank you. Simone!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 8:17 am

      Merci! It was lovely!

  4. April 3, 2019 / 11:32 pm

    Oh I LOVE Paris! I have been three times. My step family lives there. I go for FW in the fall. A short line for the Louvre that is unheard of! Yes I can imagine it would be a bit chaotic with protests. It was great reading this

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Asha
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 8:17 am

      Not jelly at all!! I really want to go back during FW and see all the celebs and models haha! Thanks for reading!

  5. April 4, 2019 / 9:19 am

    Let me tell you I really enjoyed this post! I LOVE Paris and all the vibes in the city.

    lots of love, Miri
    http://www.meetmiri.com

    • Asha
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      So glad you enjoyed reading!! Thanks so much!

  6. April 4, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    What an amazing city to celebrate your 21st in! The perfect memory! 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Asha
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 8:35 am

      It really was!! Thanks for reading, Ashley!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      Miguel!! You should go for sure! Stay in touch!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 7:24 pm

      Thank you, Claire!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 7:21 pm

      So funny! Hope you had a lovely time too!! I loved your photos hehe

    • Asha
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 7:23 pm

      It is! It’s more beautiful than fun. Hopefully you get the chance one day!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you!! It was a great birthday! Totally rec!

  7. April 8, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    I miss Paris so much.
    I wish I could come back in the capital city when I come back home in France in few days.
    Happy birthday tho. Must of beep really special to go to Paris for your birthday.
    I’m glad you had a great time there.
    Xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

    • Asha
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 8:04 am

      Aw, thanks Margot for your sweet comment! I hope you get the chance to go back soon!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 8:05 am

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Em!! It was amazing!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 9:37 am

      Thanks, you too!

  8. Kate
    April 11, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    I haven’t been to Paris in years! I love that this was a spontaneous trip, sometimes those really are the best! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Asha
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 9:38 am

      They really are! Thanks for reading!

    • Asha
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Thank you Cris!!

  9. April 15, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    Beautiful photos and a belated Happy 21st birthday!
    Paris is a beautiful city (I live about an hour and a half away and am there a lot but I still love it – most of the time!)
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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