“Paris is always a good idea”. If Audrey Hepburn said it then it must be true right?
As my birthday looms ever closer and I officially turn… OLD (27) tomorrow I thought I’d share some more pleasant birthday memories from my 24th in Paris.
They say Paris is the city of love. They say Paris is fashion capital of the world. They say a lot of things about Paris and up until my 24th birthday I knew absolutely nothing about the place.
I think everyone went to Paris on a school trip at some point in their lives except for me. I was always haunted by the Fear Of Missing Out and I could hear Lisa Love telling Lauren Conrad on an episode of The Hills that she would, “always be known as the girl who didn’t go to Paris”. I didn’t want to be the girl who didn’t go to Paris and my birthday was coming up so it was the perfect excuse for a mini break with my friends.
Day One consisted of exploring our surroundings on foot, cue the appropriate footwear dilemma. The romantic notion of walking down the streets of Paris is actually fairly accurate. The city is full of the most quaint cafes, cobbled streets and beautiful shops. Our hotel was around the corner from the Champs Elysees which made our pedestrian adventures easy.
On our first night in Paris we headed to the Eiffel Tower so that I could be there at the stroke of midnight for my birthday! It was such a special moment and the tower was lit up (Suits reference anyone?) with giant fairy lights. It was still pretty busy with tourists and keyring salesmen, who didn’t take no for an answer in both French and English.
The next morning we headed out bright and early for a day of shopping. We checked out all the designer stores on Champs Elysees and I drooled over Celine bags I wasn’t buying. The highlight of my day was going to the Louis Vuitton flagship store and picking up my Speedy!
For lunch we went to Angelina, a quintessentially French tea room. The hot chocolate was literally liquid chocolate and was so thick and rich, some people (ahem Naaz) might complain it was “too chocolatey”, if ever there was such a thing.
We did some more shopping in Avenue Montaigne, which is the less touristy sister of Champs Elysees and pretty intense. I had the best day ever in Paris and it was topped off by a super special dinner at L’Avenue. I had some delicious dim sum whilst enjoying views of the Eiffel Tower.
On our last day in Paris we made time for one last Parisian breakfast. Our first stop that day was visiting the Louvre and we got to see it in all its glory basking in spring sunshine.
Inside we soaked up the paintings in a never ending battle to become well cultured young adults. Perks of being YOUNG was free entry to the museum if you were under 25! We followed the signs around the museum to find the infamous Mona Lisa. She sat behind a glass window so we couldn’t get too close to her, but it was amazing to see her in person.
On our holidays my friends and I make an effort to see the city we’re in from its highest point. In Paris the highest point in the city is Sacré-Cœur, a magnificent Church set atop Montmarte hill. It is crisp white and once you climb up the towers you get to see some amazing views of Paris. We visited the church on a Sunday and looked over the whole of Paris to the sound of nuns singing hymns in French. It was ethereal to say the least.
I had the best time and loved my trip. I can say with full confidence that I agree entirely with Audrey Hepburn, Paris is ALWAYS a good idea!!
That concludes my whistle stop tour of Paris! Au Revoir for now! x