Is there anything more romantic than Paris? If I had my way I would visit Paris twice a year every year, once in the summer and once at Christmas. I would also visit the South of France every summer if at all possible to enjoy the absolutely beautiful coastline and eat all the moules frites I could get my hands on. Back to Paris before we get totally carried away, the Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most photogenic buildings in the world. It’s so strange to think that this is relatively modern (if you can call 1889 modern), could you imagine the Parisian skyline without it? Needless to say, I took about six million photos of it…
If you fancy visiting the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is where you need to be going. The lines were so long that we instead chose the Musee d’Orsay for our artistic fix, but either way, make sure to get some photos of the Louvre courtyard and the iconic glass pyramid!
Montmartre and Sacre Coeur
Take the Paris Metro up to Blanches (it is a huge trek otherwise from the centre!) and you will arrive on a main road full of raunchy shops. It is here that you will find the real Moulin Rouge! I am obsessed with the film, I wanted to dye my hair a red wine colour like Satine SO badly when I was younger but I wasn’t allowed! Slight tangent, but did anyone else go to the Secret Cinema recreation of Moulin Rouge? Wasn’t it the most magical evening!! I think the real Moulin Rouge hosts cabaret performances these days, which although expensive I can imagine are incredible. Inspired by the film, I spent much of the trip trying to track down a bar serving absinthe the Moulin Rouge way, burnt with sugar but had no luck, please leave suggestions below if you know of somewhere!
The Sacre Coeur church tower offers some of the most breathtaking views of the city to be had if you are up for climbing the stairs. Montmatre itself also has some of the most beautiful quaint shops selling film poster prints and gorgeous cafes so it is definitely worth a visit during your trip.
(another hilarious panorama for the collection here, mid-macaron).
Cocktails at Le Meurice
Le Meurice is part of the Dorchester Collection and is an utterly stunning hotel (very sadly, we didn’t actually stay here!) The walk in bar serves the most sublime cocktails priced at 30 euros each. Try the apple, it was delicious, and this was a wonderful way to celebrate our final night in Paris.
The final stop for this post is Notre Dame which I feel doesn’t need much of an introduction, just go, if possible both in the day and in the evening to get the full atmosphere of the place. There are also some sublime traditional restaurants in this area serving delicious escargot and other delicacies.
In the interests of making more regular trips to Paris, what are your favourite things to do there?