Paris has always been a city that i’ve wanted to visit for so many reasons. The fashion, the food, the culture & of course, the romance. So when Kristian told me his christmas gift to me this year just gone was a mini holiday to Paris, to say I was over the moon would be an understatement. Little did I know what plan he had up is sleeve.
We arrived in Paris at midday on Sunday 4th February, 2018 & everything from the word go, to put it simply, was perfect. From the day we arrived to the day we left, it snowed constantly but luckily this didn’t put a damper on the holiday, if anything, it made it that little bit more magical.
The hotel we stayed at was called Les Matins de Paris, Hotel & Spa. It wasn’t a super fancy, outrageously big hotel, it had a more vintage boutique vibe with a modern twist about it, but it was gorgeous never the less. We were in the deluxe suite which was on the top floor, floor 6. The room was perfectly sized with an ensuite bathroom & a petite balcony looking out over what I liked to call, real Paris. There were no tourist vibes, it felt as though we were in the heart of Paris. The hotel also owned a spa below ground level where you could book yourself in for massages & facials which we didn’t bother doing but we definitely made full use of the swimming pool & steam room a couple of times whilst we were there.
Once we’d dropped our bags off & unpacked, we decided to take a walk & just see what we could find & by complete accident, stumbled across the Louvre de Musee which is a must see when you go to Paris & it did not disappoint. We didn’t go into the museum itself but we walked all the way around taking in the sights & of course followed it up by a coffee, one of many this holiday that’s for sure!
(Quick tip: There are certain places where if you have your EU passport, you’re able to enter certain things for free, the Louvre being one!)
If you’re looking for entertainment whilst in Paris, the LIDO is a must. Situated in the heart of Paris down the Champs-Elysees, it is an extremely classy & sophisticated cabaret show with champagne & an optional meal. You are seated to watch just over an hour of top entertainment from ice skaters, to aerialists, to the Bluebell girls, all performed with such class & elegance.
Monday 5th February was a super early start as we had a tour of the Eiffel Tower booked in starting at 9:15am and this day, unknown to me then, was about to change my life forever (dramatic I know, but true.) This day was unbelievably freezing (below 0 degrees) & it’s safe to say that once we had climbed all 704 steps & were on the second level, our spirit levels had gone down to the same degree as the weather.
The view from the Eiffel Tower is absolutely breathtaking, but i’d recommend you climb the tower on a warmer day as by the end of it we could not feel any part of our body! So instead of taking the lift up to the summit like we had planned, we decided to reschedule & head for a hot chocolate instead. Because you know, when in Paris. And if you’re looking for a good hot chocolate, you need to head to the cafe Carette, just outside the Trocadero metro station. The hot chocolate there is basically pure chocolate melted into a liquid for you to drink. I think I had atleast three cups full & could have had more!
The rest of Mondays afternoon was spent down in the spa of our hotel, we took ourselves off for a little swim & steam which I think we were in need of after our ice cold tour earlier on that morning! And then we leisurely began to get ready for that evening where Kristian had surprised me with a meal at Restaurant 58 on the 1st level of the Eiffel Tower. Our table was booked 6:30pm which was the perfect time to see Paris turn from dusk to dark.
Every hour on the hour in the evening, the Eiffel Tower lights up for around 5 minutes, so come 8pm Kristian had taken me outside to view the light show. I was snapping away, taking my pictures only to turn around with Kristian stood there, not even the slightest bit interested in the lights, but with his hand in his suit jacket. I was standing there in shock, not really knowing what was going on until he got down on one knee, presented the most beautiful white gold, pear shaped engagement ring & asked me to marry him. And of course, I said YES! I think I cried with happiness about 10 times that evening! The happiest day of my life to date.
We then headed back to the lift to take us back down to the ground floor but due to the snow & how cold it was, the lift wasn't working so we had to walk all the way down, in our fancy dinner suit & dress (not to mention 6inch stiletto heels) to the ground floor before heading back to our hotel to call our families & tell them the good news!
I woke up all bright eyed & bushy tailed at about 6am on Tuesday 6th February. The excitement of last night still fresh, I put my ring on my finger & woke Kristian up in the giddiest way possible, wiggling my sparkly fingers infront of his face. But after an evening full of so much excitement, even though we wanted to see as much of Paris as possible, we let the day begin very slowly.
We had a little bit of a lie in before heading down to the spa to use the spas facilities (when i’m a millionaire, I WILL have my own sauna in my house) before getting dressed & heading out to brunch. Originally we had planned to have our brunch at HolyBelly5 but after walking 2 miles to find that it was closed for a couple of weeks, we rerouted & had just as much of a tasty breakfast at the Big Love Cafe which is part of the Big Mamma chain of restaurants.
With the snow coming down quite heavy, we decided to carry on taking the day slow, walking along the Champs-Elysees starting at the top where the Arc de Triomphe stands, making a quick stop into PAUL for macaroons & pastries, because you know, when in Paris. We made our way towards the Notre Dame, walking via the bridge that has now replaced the Lock Bride in Paris as the original bridge is no more.
Come 6pm we were both ravenous for a meal, so with wonderful recommendation from a friend, rather than heading off to the 'touristy' restaurants, we headed out to Pink Mamma which again is part of the Big Mamma chain, for a delicious Italian meal. Unfortunately this particular restaurant didn't have an English menu so we did our best at guessing what the dishes were & luckily, they were all gorgeous.
Wednesday 7th February, the last day of our trip to Paris. At midday we took our cases to the station, Gare du Nord where you can leave your cases all day for 9 euros which I thought to be quite a bargain.
We took the metro over to see the Moulin Rouge which didn't look how I imagined, if anything, I was pleasantly surprised! When you're in Paris you have to go up to the Sacre-Coeur in Monmartre. You can either walk up or take a cable car & the view from up there is simply stunning. When we were there everywhere was cover in snow & looked like a winter wonderland.
Paris is quite possibly my favourite city. I would much rather have a holiday in Paris than New York, I felt quite at home even in the -4 degree weather! Quick & easy on the EuroStar, delicious food, wonderful culture & quite simply put, a beautiful City.
I will most definitely be back Paris & I hope you all get to visit if you haven't already!
Let me know in the comments below if you know of any hidden gems in Paris or your favourite thing about the city!