At the start of the year I posted about plans and goals to make 2014 awesome. I love seeing new places, so I thought it might be fun to document everything from the little trips to the far-flung holidays and all the experiences in between. I love putting together photo albums, silly collages and scrapbooks (blame this on watching far too many programmes like Art Attack as a child!) so Scrapbook is a feature where I can share photo diaries and memories.
Has it really been almost three weeks since we returned from Paris? It only feels like yesterday that we were skipping along Rue de Rivoli, snapping photos and gorging on delicious pastries! Oh Paris, mon amour, you were truly magical! This has to be one of the most difficult scrapbooks to put together for sure – I took oodles of photos and have SO MUCH to tell you about this fabulous city!
The first thing that I fell in love with in Paris was the buildings. With deliberate and intricate architecture, I spent a significant amount of time facing upwards and taking in the balconies, carvings and rooftops. Le sigh!!
It’s easy to get around Paris, the Metro service is super fast (and cheap!), but to be honest we enjoyed getting around on foot most of the time. Comfortable (FLAT!) shoes are a must if you want to cover a lot of ground. And boy, did we ever! From sunlit strolls along the Seine, to museum runs and the impressive walk up Champs-elysees, there are plenty of places to explore.
As it was our first trip to the city, we managed to take in a lot of tourist-y spots, along with some lesser-known gems. In a couple of days we visited the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, St Germain, Arc de Triumphe, and Sacre-Couer. Oh, and the Eiffel Tower, of course…
What a beauty! I must admit, I didn’t expect to be excited by a big hunk of metal. But when I first laid eyes on it, I let out a little squeal. It’s especially striking when you see it unexpectedly. Like when we were walking down a street, happened to turn a corner and – BOOM! – there it was! Unashamedly swooning like a right tourist.
The sun was out every single day of our trip, which was a stroke of luck! It meant that my already romanticised view of Paris was literally seen through rose-tinted glasses – specifically, these Dita Von Teese ones. Thanks Pretavoir for hooking me up!
As well as seeing some of the ‘main’ sights, we also made time to visit a few things that were off the beaten track. First on the list was Pere Lechaise – the resting place of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. It may sound a little morbid, but it was beautiful and very peaceful. We also walked through Jim Morrison’s old neighbourhood, which was quaint and filled with pretty boutiques and cafes. We even found his apartment at Rue Beautreillis, which was awesome to see.
The red light district, as you might expect, was gloriously scuzzy. We cut through it on our way back from Sacre-Couer and found Moulin Rouge – ooh la la! All of our days were jam-packed, but next time we visit Paris I’d love to take in a show.
There are museums and galleries galore in Paris, so it was very difficult to pick a couple out (there wasn’t enough time to see them all!). We loved visiting Palais de Tokyo (hello, vintage photobooth!), and right next door is Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris which was also AMAZING.
As with most cities, there is no shortage of shopping! However, as the weather was so glorious we preferred to spend most of our trip outside, soaking up our surroundings. In my opinion, there is no better place to spend a sunny afternoon in Paris than Jardin des Plantes – a massive botanical garden filled with gorgeous blooms!
We couldn’t go to Paris and miss out on Disney (what do you take me for?)! You can read a full separate post on our DIsneyland adventures here!
Food-wise, Paris is full of delicious and indulgent treats. A visit to Laduree was a must-do! Their macarons really are to die for and they also sell some cute gifts.
We had such a wonderful time on our trip, it would be too difficult to choose a favourite part! Could you blame us?
Paris, you have bewitched me. I am sure it won’t be long before I’m back on your streets, hungry for more!
Have you ever been charmed by a city? Where are your favourite Parisian hangouts?
avec beaucoup d’amour,
Miss West End Girl x