Travel Diaries: Paris

About two or three years ago I went to Disneyland Paris with two of my gal pals. We arrived, I was so into It’s A Small World, loving life…And then on the second morning I woke up with a blinding headache and proceeded to spend the next 24 hours feeling so sick that I became convince that the Lady and the Tramp wallpaper was coming for me. That is my main association with Paris.

Luckily for me, I got to go to the city for a proper visit during Easter weekend. My parents have moved to the city of lights recently which means that not only to I have a reason to visit often, but I have a fantastic place to stay (#blessed).

I arrived in Paris late Thursday night for the Bank Holiday last weekend. A little tipsy from the journey, I fell in love with the city during the drive from the Gare du Nord to the apartment, during which I saw many sights including the Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower was lit up with the colours of the Belgium flag in a moving tribute, and the sight of it from the window of our apartment was a great welcome to the city. Over the weekend I drank a lot of red wine, ate a lot of everything, and explored Paris on foot.

What I saw

Of course I visited the famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps to check out their designers and their stunning windows. The stores are vast, and the ornate roof of Galeries Lafayette is worth the visit alone. The food hall there will have you similarly in awe, as each section presents mouth-watering delicacies. Despite all the chocolate and sushi, I took a photo of a load of coloured salt…

IMG_4077We walked and walked and walked, which is obviously the best way to see Paris because I snapped away. It was nice just to wander round the city and not have a particular destination or a list of things I wanted to see. We passed the Picasso Museum and the surrounding galleries, and explored the streets. I loved seeing the unique shops and was slightly obsessed with the colourful and quirky store fronts all over the city.

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A visit to Versailles meant an early start and lots of queuing – I would recommend avoiding it on a weekend (duh), but it is definitely worth a visit. The palace is huge but the gardens require a whole separate day to explore fully, and the whole place is just brimming with opulence and glamour.

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On my last day there we managed to squeeze in a visit to the Sacre Coeur, thankfully in between rain showers, which meant that the sun was shining and we could look out over the entire city.

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Where I ate

My favourite restaurant over the weekend was La Maison Bleu, a beautiful restaurant with quirk decorations and really good wine. Visit on a sunny day and sit outside for the perfect introduction to Parisian dining.

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What I wore

My Kimchi Blue coat that I bought from Urban Outfitters about five years ago made a resurgence for this trip, and luckily the weather was mild enough for me to not freeze. I love the retro feel of the coat and the way that it adds an easy glamour to every outfit.

I have recently discovered Topshop’s Mom jeans and have completely fallen in love. I might actually forsake my trusted skinny jeans permanently in favour of this shape. I’ve teamed them here with Zara boots and whatever blouse I wore on the day. Below I’m wearing a Topshop rose blouse that I added to my collection last month as an ode to Miu Miu.

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This ASOS blouse is my absolute favourite thing right now. I’m starting to embrace a Sixties/Seventies vibe having watched Vinyl, and this is the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I love the vibrant red.

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Check out my Instagram for more Paris snaps and to follow me on my other travels!

 

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