City Guide: Paris

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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.

 

Transport

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!

 

Notre Dame

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!

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The Louvre

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.

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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!

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The Catacombs

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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P.S If you liked this blog post, check out my other blog posts abroad here, and here.

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32 Comments
  • Julia Catherine
    Posted at 22:02h, 05 February Reply

    fab post! I absolutely loved Paris but definitely need to go again! xxx

    Julia | http://www.stylewithblondeambition.co.uk

  • Megan
    Posted at 09:39h, 05 February Reply

    This post and the photos have made ms so excited to visit Paris for the first time next month! I can’t wait!!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 12:07h, 05 February Reply

      Hope you have a lovely time!

  • Alys
    Posted at 22:33h, 02 February Reply

    Your guide is so clearly laid out, and it took me right back to the last time I was lucky enough to visit Paris! Lovely post <3

    • Jenny
      Posted at 09:49h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • thesydneygirl
    Posted at 22:17h, 02 February Reply

    I SO have to go to Paris one day. So there are vegan cafes? That’s really exciting to hear. I struggle to find vegan cafes here in Sydney!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure! Your pics are great! 🙂

    Joelyne xo

    • Jenny
      Posted at 09:48h, 03 February Reply

      You do need to go!! I honestly thought Sydney would have vegan cafes, I’m so surprised. Thank you!!

  • Jasminka Griffin
    Posted at 18:37h, 02 February Reply

    Love Paris! Was there three yrs ago, would definitely come back.

  • ohhellodoll
    Posted at 12:45h, 01 February Reply

    It is my dream to visit Paris! Beautiful photos 🙂

  • Tasha Louise
    Posted at 18:58h, 31 January Reply

    Love this post! I have always wanted to go to Paris and after reading this it’s moving up the travel bucket list!

  • mccaullme
    Posted at 16:32h, 31 January Reply

    What a romantic trip to take <3

  • JustaKidd
    Posted at 23:56h, 30 January Reply

    The polaroid pictures are so cute! All of these photos are amazing! Also I can’t believe you went to the catacombs, I am so jealous. I have seen so many youtube videos on them as well ahaha. Great post <3

    Lon x

    • Jenny
      Posted at 16:55h, 31 January Reply

      Thank you! I watched so many YouTube videos about it too, that’s what made me want to go ahah. Hope you get to go too someday!

  • lovecally
    Posted at 21:22h, 29 January Reply

    I love going to Paris, it’s one of my favourite cities to go to 😍it looks like you had a lovely time!
    Love, Cally
    http://www.lovecally.com

  • Leigh Suznovich
    Posted at 16:38h, 29 January Reply

    I’ve only been to Paris once and I am dying to go back with my husband. This is such a helpful guide!!

  • Catherine Ⓥ (@CaffrinC)
    Posted at 16:32h, 28 January Reply

    Love all your pictures and your post has definitely made me want to visit Paris even more – visiting the catacombs is definitely on my to-do list!

    Catherine | Caffrin.C x

    • Jenny
      Posted at 16:49h, 28 January Reply

      Thanks so much! The Catacombs are incredible, so surreal – I’m excited for you!

  • Emma Rollason
    Posted at 14:22h, 28 January Reply

    Stunning photo’s. I’d love to visit Paris one day it looks so beautiful.

    Emma x

    emmarollason.wordpress.com

    • Jenny
      Posted at 14:41h, 28 January Reply

      Thanks so much. I definitely recommend going even if it is only for a couple of days!

  • pearl0fthesea
    Posted at 11:43h, 28 January Reply

    So happy I found this as I’m really hoping the get a weekend trip to Paris in this year! Great post!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 14:40h, 28 January Reply

      Yay, thank you!

  • Citrus and Cinnamon
    Posted at 10:54h, 28 January Reply

    Fantastic guide! I love this post so much – I love Paris so much and you’ve given it such a great guide.

    • Jenny
      Posted at 11:24h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you so much! <3

  • Almira
    Posted at 10:53h, 28 January Reply

    This is so lovely, everything from the pictures to the post as a whole. Makes me want to visit Paris someday, it’s such a beautiful city! Also, love the way your blog looks! x

    Almira | https://thelittleblackrose.com

    • Jenny
      Posted at 11:24h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to book a trip there one day! x

  • Katey
    Posted at 20:06h, 27 January Reply

    This is a great guide. Paris is such a beautiful city!

    • Jenny
      Posted at 21:26h, 27 January Reply

      Thank you! I agree, it is sooo beautiful!

  • justinemfulama
    Posted at 22:34h, 26 January Reply

    I love it 🙂 Great guide and lovely pics!

  • Meera BP
    Posted at 19:24h, 26 January Reply

    Surprisingly I’ve lived in France for 13 years and never been to Paris! Will hopefully be going there soon though, and will definitely bear this post in mind!

    EscapesAndEpiphanies | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

  • Siobhan Llinos Gale
    Posted at 12:26h, 26 January Reply

    Love this! All your France posts make me want to go there so bad! I love the photos too! Definitely need to check them out! 😍🙌🏻

    • Jenny
      Posted at 12:31h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks, Siobhan! You must book a trip to Paris someday, it’s lovely.

      • Siobhan Llinos Gale
        Posted at 12:53h, 26 January Reply

        Oh it’s definitely on my list. Can’t wait to actually go and try the awesome food places you mentioned 😋x

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