With Annie’s 30th birthday coming up I knew I wanted to do something special for her after successfully being in remission for over a year now. Annie hasn’t been able to travel much over the last few years because of her treatment, and I felt she deserved to be treated like a queen for a weekend to celebrate. I knew Paris for the weekend would be perfect, and I found an incredible deal on lastminute.com for two nights away. Although we only really had one full day in Paris to explore, I actually felt like this was enough to do all the hotspots and even discover a few hidden treasures tucked away.
We stayed at the Pullman Bercy hotel located on the outskirts of Paris centre. Although it was a bit of a trek into the centre to catch the sightseeing bus tour, we simply caught an Uber to the first location which only cost €6. The hotel was really nice and exactly what we needed, they did have building work going on inside but you couldn’t really notice it when in your room. Also located just across from the hotel was the Bercy shopping village, a great little complex full of restaurants and shops which filled up our time when we were at the hotel. A great place to experience some French culture and to grab some dinner.
On our full day exploring first of all, we stopped off at Rue Crémieux a beautiful street located near the Notre-Dame full of colourful houses. This is the perfect stop for any Instagrammer keen to get some gorgeous photos down a colourful street. We went around 9 am which meant it was so quiet and hardly any cars, so make sure to get there early to avoid all the keen bloggers too! Next, we headed to the Notre-Dame cathedral, we were lucky enough to hear the bells ringing and I can’t explain to you the vibes this cathedral gave me. It was simply stunning and with the sun shining brightly we got to experience Paris in it’s full sunny glory. After this, we hopped on the Big Bus tour and headed onto the Arc de Triumphe, again another stunning landmark to visit. We paid €12 each to go up to the top which was a truly magical experience and the views of the Paris skyline were breathtaking. It is a heck of a lot of spiral steps to go up though, so please be warned we had to stop a few times and it did make you feel dizzy! Anyway, I’m glad we persisted as the views were worth all the calorie burning and tiredness.
We then headed to the Laudrée shop which is the famous Macaron shop they also have in London. It was great to experience the luxury side of Paris and indulge in some sweet treats in the midday heat. Afterwards, we headed to Trocadéro to grab some lunch and to grab some Eiffel Tower pictures. We stopped off for a light lunch at one of the many cafe’s located around Trocadéro overlooking the stunning Eiffel Tower. It’s funny I’ve dreamed about seeing it for years, but nothing can prepare you for the true beauty when you see the Eiffel Tower. After lunch, we wandered around and grabbed lots of stunning pictures. With only one more stop we had to, of course, go to the famous Louvre museum. The Louvre was surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and gardens eventually leading on to the Arc de Triumphe, it was such gorgeous weather that you didn’t mind taking a stroll and catching some rays.
Although our time in Paris was short, it was still such a magical experience. As you guys know I love travelling the world and exploring new places. I really feel like Paris was the city of self-love for me and I could easily see myself living there. The locals were all so helpful and lovely, the positive vibes in Paris were contagious and well the food was great too. There are a million reasons to love Paris, so if you get the chance to go you have to! I so hope to go back there soon and I know in my soul I will. I’ve found another home on this beautiful Earth and I’m so blessed that I’ve got to finally live another one of my manifestations. I hope you all have a fabulous week and don’t forget to watch my vlog over on my YouTube channel of our trip also! Lots of Love xx