Aww, Paris, you’re so beautiful. This was my fourth time in Paris and every visit is so different. We stayed in the area of Montemartre which was a beautiful place to stay. We stayed at the Comfort Hotel Lamarck which was nice. It was small but cute and the only fault I have with it was the teeny tiny shower. It’s not close to the city centre but it was really easy to get into on the metro. Which was just up some really steep steps! We loved the wanders around the area and everyone I know that’s either lived in Paris, or spent a lot of time there has good things to say about Montemartre too.
One of the cool things about where we stayed was that we could walk to the Sacré-Cœur which is so beautiful. I always warn people going to Paris to be careful of street sellers around tourist spots. We had some guys try to stop us (and succeed) by tying rope around our hand and talking to us to distract us whilst making us a bracelet. When we didn’t want to pay ten euros for each cotton string bracelet they started to get aggressive with Jamie and one guy was holding onto my arm in like a death grip! As I’d been to Paris before I knew what these people are like, but Jamie definitely learnt his lesson. Also, pickpocketing is common in these areas too so be careful of anyone trying to distract you. Ok, negative comments done, let’s admire the beauty of the walk to and the Sacré-Cœur itself!
There are so many beautiful non touristy parts to Paris too but as it was Jamie’s first visit, you know we had to hit up the main attractions! One thing I’m super impressed about is the fact that I went into Sephora on the Champs-Élysées and I didn’t buy a single thing, partly because there was zero customer service but also because most of the brands I wanted, they didn’t stock! So we just wandered down the street looking at the shops, I wanted to wander down to the luxxy shops like Prada, but it didn’t happen, probably a good thing! Best photo opportunity in Paris (in my opinion) is the Arc de Triumph! Especially on a wet and gloomy day, how beautiful do the trees look?
Le Tour Eiffel is clearly something you have to see if you haven’t before. Unfortunately we didn’t expect Paris to be as cold and wet as it was so we were not prepared clothing wise. When you get up to the top of the tower it is FREEZING. We were so cold that we could barely handle being at the very top, but we braved it long enough to get some decent photos of the view. Highly recommend a decent jacket for up there, whatever time of the year you go!
If you like to shop though, you have to go to the Galeries Lafayette. It is the most beautiful shopping centre ever. No kidding, the architecture (and the products available) are worth a day out. They have so much to see and there’s even more around the surrounding area. So much shopping, so little time.
We spent so much time just walking! Paris is beautiful and full of great little spots to find. I really recommend exploring on foot as much as possible, however, do have some kind of navigation possible. Not fun getting too lost, just a little bit.
I personally love Paris but I know it’s a love or hate thing. I just love the back streets and the architecture. The culture is beautiful, and just sitting in a cafe people watching is amazing. As it was Jamie’s first time there and we only had a few days we decided to mainly just do the main attractions. Next time we go back, I would love to do the museums and galleries, visit Left Bank and go to the quirkier parts of the city. What do you think about Paris? Where are your favourite parts?
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