26 Jan City Guide: Paris
I recently took a short trip to Paris with my boyfriend as a pre-valentines day celebration, and it quickly became one of my favourite cities. I’d definitely recommend Paris to anyone. Who can resist the gorgeous architecture, cute cafés, the vast amount of luxury shops, and picturesque views?
We ate in exclusively vegan cafes/restaurants so perhaps that’s a reason why we didn’t end up spending a fortune, but I still think you’ll be surprised that Paris doesn’t have to be THAT expensive (flights, hotel and travel insurance for both of us was just under £400). We also didn’t do any shopping…. As tempting as it was, I don’t think I could fit anything else into my tiny backpack…
Flights + Hotel
We booked a flight and hotel package on Expedia, as we usually do, and we were pleasantly surprised with our hotel. It wasn’t expensive at all, and yet was located fairly central, just off of a very busy road, had beautifully decorated rooms, and great 24-hour service. The Parisian balconies were undoubtedly my favourite part.
Before getting to Paris I somehow assumed that everywhere was within walking difference but that was totally not the case. Perhaps it was because we were constantly searching for vegan restaurants (which tend to not be particularly central), but everywhere we wanted to go was around 30 minutes away! Although the metro wasn’t the nicest place to be, it was efficient and fast; I could be wrong, but I feel as if they were more frequent than London tubes! We purchased a 3-day ticket that allowed us on any transport and it cost around €30 – I think that’s definitely worth getting, we used the overground and metro a lot!
We first visited the Notre Dame, which easily lived up to all expectations. I was definitely more impressed with the interior than the exterior; it was so gothic and haunting inside. I was pretty surprised that it was free entry – although you have to pay if you want to go up to the viewing area. The stain glass windows are so breathtaking. The Notre Dame is definitely in my top 5 cathedrals that I’ve ever visited!
We then visited the Louvre, which is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for absolutely years. Yet again, the Louvre was surprisingly free for us as we were under a certain age and from the EU (for now), so that saved us quite a bit of money. It was unbelievable seeing the Mona Lisa, after only really seeing it in movies for all these years. It was in a glass case with several employees guarding the painting, as well as a rope around it so you couldn’t get too close. Even though we went quite late in the day (near closing time), we still couldn’t get the best view of the painting, as there were always so many people around it.
The Mona Lisa wasn’t the only impressive piece of art in the Louvre; the British painting section was one of my favourites as it had ‘Pandemonium’ by John Martin, and a painting by Turner. The building and surrounding area of The Louvre is just overall stunning, so even if you don’t want to go inside, I really recommend taking a stroll around it.
The Eiffel Tower
Seeing the Eiffel Tower was incredibly surreal to me, I couldn’t believe how enormous and stunning it was. I’ve seen the statue of liberty before, but that still didn’t have me in awe as much as the Eiffel Tower did (no offence, New York).
I still can’t tell whether I like admiring it more during the day, or during the evening. I absolutely LOVE how it sparkles every hour at night; it makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. Eating dinner in the Eiffel Tower is officially on my bucket list!
This HAD to be my favourite part of the trip! After watching countless videos on people exploring the Paris Catacombs, I knew I had to go there someday. We booked before the trip on Headout and it was about £50 for the both of us, but we received an audio guide as well as ability to skip the lengthy queues! I wouldn’t recommend the Catacombs for everyone, but definitely those who love all things morbid and spooky! I would advise to take your time walking around because the trail is a lot shorter than I thought it would be, I think we spent around 30 minutes inside.
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