Paris

Paris, the capital city of France, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I was very fortunate to visit this great city in October of 2015. My partner surprised me with a 3 day trip following a few days in Disneyland and I must say we had the most wonderful time. In this blog through the pictures of where we visited I hope I inspire you to visit this most beautiful city.

The Louvre Museum, home to the Mona Lisa, is the worlds largest museum and although we didn’t actually go inside during our trip we did walk by it and you can’t help be blown away by the majesty of the building.

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The Palais Garnier, the opera house, was one of the first places we decided to visit on our trip. As big fans of the musical The Phantom of the Opera we just had to visit the building where most of the original story is set. I can truly say that it’s one of the most spectacular buildings in the world inside.

The Grand Staircase, is most wonderful, and as fans of the musical you just feel yourself in the Masquerade. We luckily got the opera house at opening and we got to get to stairs before anyone else did and you just feel like you’re in a special place. The Grand Foyer is undoubtedly the most incredible room that I have stood in. It was probably the highlight of the self guided tour for me.

During the self guided tour you get the chance to look in on the auditorium, and see the chandelier and to walk around fascinating parts of the building. I believe we spent around 90 minute walking around and it was truly wonderful. If you’re in Paris and into architecture or a fan of theatre then you have to visit.

Notre Dame is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris and no trip is complete without visiting. As soon as you see the cathedral you can feel its magic. It’s well worth a visit. We started by wandering the gardens which are beautiful before queuing to go inside. You just HAVE to go inside. It’s free to visit as well.

I made the decision from Notre Dame that we should wander up to the Champs-Élysées, the 1.2 mile long road that runs from Place de la Concorde up to the the Place Charles de Gaulle. It was such a worthwhile thing to do, and of course meant we found the Disney store! The next place we decided to visit…

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The Eiffel Tower, the tallest building in Paris. We didn’t go up the tower on this trip but on a previous trip to Paris that I did with my high school we all went to the top of the tower. The views it gives are truly incredible. If you have a head for heights then you really must visit. We didn’t stay too long in the area as we wanted to return later, but we did walk along the river Seine for a little bit.

The hunt for our first day dinner was difficult. Megan is wheat intolerant so it can make it hard to find places to eat, especially in a foreign country. We ended up back in the Notre Dame area and we found a really lovely little restaurant just over the river from the cathedral. La Bucherie, we had the most wonderful meal. It still ranks as one of the best meals I’ve ever had. After this we as evening started to draw in we headed to the Trocadero where we found a lovely view as the dark set in and sat awaiting the Eiffel Tower light show. Megan had recommended it, and it was awesome. The tower flickered with sparkling lights and it was just a great and special way to end our first day.

The next day we started by going to the Arc De Triomphe. We got free entry as EU citizens, which obviously made it better for us. Though the climb up up the spiral staircase can be challenging and exhausting it’s well worth it for the views once you reach the top. For me who isn’t a big fan of heights climbing this is a lot easier than going up the Eiffel Tower and still allows me to get breathtaking views across the city of Paris.

The Montmartre district was to be our next stop. To visit the Sacré-Cœur and the surrounding area. We wandered around the Place du Tertre where all the artists were doing their paintings. For lunch this day I found an amazing baguette shop and brought myself a crusty cheesy hot dog which was to die for! There was a food market on and it was cool to look at all the foods that were on sale. After wandering the stalls we went in the Sacré-Cœur itself which was a great thing to do. It’s not got the same power as I felt in Notre Dame but it’s still well worth a visit.

Unfortunately this is where our trip of Paris ended as we caught the train back to London later that afternoon. I must shout-out our Hotel, the Hotel Louis Blanc. We had two fantastic nights there and the staff were really helpful and friendly.

So that’s Paris. One of the best cities in the world. I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t already been.

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