Sunday, 28 February 2016

Paris Is Always A Good Idea

Hey everyone!
It's been a while since I last posted on my blog, & it's been killing me not being able to write anything. I got back from Paris just over a week ago & the day after I got back I got so poorly so I was bed bound for 5 days. But after 9 days, I am FINALLY well enough & I can now tell you all about my incredible trip to Paris. 

So, as I mentioned last time, I was whisked off to Paris by my lovelyyy boyfriend for Valentine's Day & it was just fabulous. Our hotel was gorgeous. The weather, give or take a couple of hours, was so good. Absolutely freezing, but dry. We were so lucky with everything that happened. It all kind of fell into place. Except that my phone camera broke so my photos are such poor quality, hence the lack of pictures in this post.

We stayed in the Hotel Felicien in the 16th arrisdonment, for those of you that know enough about Paris to understand that, & it was in a gorgeous area. We were only a 20 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, but a 2 minute walk out of the hotel, & you can see the Tower next to the Seine & it looked incredible. It was a really sunny morning on Valentine's Day so it just made the skyline stunning. 
As expected though, the Eiffel Tower was SO SO SO busy on Valentine's Day. Couples from all over the world taking selfies with the Tower in the background. It was so lovely to see. Obliviously we had to take an obligatory selfie...


We decided not to go up the Eiffel Tower that day, the queues were so long, we would have just wasted our time. So instead we just went for a wander to the Champs Elysees & to see the Arc de Triomphe. I would definitely recommend walking everywhere if you can. We came across so many cute little restaurants, shops & streets that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We saw loads of restaurants that we had looked at to possibly eat in on Valentine's Day. Granted, it took us a bit longer by being on foot but it was definitely worth it.



Valentine's evening, we had a meal booked at a lovely little restaurant called Le Petit Medicis & it was honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. I am the fussiest eater ever so looking for a restaurant on Valentines Day when every place had a set menu was looking near to impossible. Everywhere had such over the top food with limited choice, barely any of the restaurants had websites & if they did, they weren't translatable or they didn't have menus. Honestly, at one point I just thought, 'sod it, lets go to Maccies'. But eventually I came across Le Petit Medicis & I was so glad I persevered with the search. The food was perfect. The interior was so intimate, dimly lit, making it so romantic for the evening. We sat in the courtyard under some outdoor heaters so we were nice and warm. The staff were so attentive which was is just a must for me when I go out for dinner.  I couldn't fault it. It was easily the best Valentine's Day I've ever had! I completely forgot to take photos of the restaurant which I'm so gutted about.


We ended up being so so so lucky whilst we were in Paris. On the day after Valentine's Day, we met up with a friend who is from & lives in Paris. He really ended up making our trip unbelievable. We got free tickets to go up the Eiffel Tower & we didn't have to queue. He took us to a Michelin Star restaurant, San Francisco, which was absolutely lovely. The food was to die forrrrrr! They didn't have an English menu, it was in French & Italian, but the staff were more than happy to translate if you need them to. After the restaurant, he arranged for his driver to take us on a personal, chauffeur driven tour around the city which priceless. We were so fortunate to have that experience. We were taken to all the little places that you wouldn't find as a tourist, especially if you're like us & weren't very clued up on Paris. He took us to this particular spot, that I can't remember the name of for the life of me, but it had a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower & it looked gorgeous at night, all lit up!

 



On our final day, we took a trip to Disneyland Paris because we absolutely love Disney. I have been to Orlando a few times but never to Paris so it would have been silly of us to not go. We ended up getting there quite late because we didn't wake up on time, oops! I would definitely recommend you leave a lot earlier than we did, we didn't leave our hotel until half 11 & it's about an hour on the train. & then we had such a nightmare with tickets (which I won't go into details about as it's enough to make you want to scream at us with frustration), so we didn't end up getting there until half 1.
Disneyland was everything I expected & more. Seeing the castle when you walk in got me so excited, I was like a little child. I bought my obligatory Minnie Mouse ears, wore them for the entire day with zero shame. Received quite a few funny looks, but what the hell, it's Disney! 

   


On of the best things about the day in Disney was the firework display at the end of the night. You definitely have to stay and watch the display because it's incredible! Just as good as the display in Orlando! They projected the characters onto the castle, played all the Disney songs, everyone got involved singing so loud & it was such a good way to end the evening.






That's all for my post on my trip to Paris. Sorry it's so long, I feel like I could have written so much more but I tried to keep it kinda concise. Thanks for reading & if you have any tips on Paris, leave them in the comments below, I'd love to hear them.

Much love
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