So on Monday evening, my boyfriend gave me the best surprise of my life when he announced we would be flying to Paris the next morning. I think my first words were, “Shut up, no we’re not.” Pleasant reaction right?
But yes, we actually were going. With a little help from my parents in making sure my passport was safely in his hands, and some very careful planning, he had managed to accomplish something which I’ve always secretly dreamed of – hasn’t every girl always wanted to be swept off her feet on a romantic getaway to Paris??
It was only a short stay of two nights, but we managed to fit in quite a lot (including the obligatory eating of macarons on the bank of the Seine and a quick visit to the Eiffel Tower). I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite snaps and a few of my suggestions for what to see/eat/do.
See: I’m planning on writing a post in the next couple of days with three of my favourite “off the beaten track” parts of Paris, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Of course, if it’s your first time visiting, you have to do the mandatory tourist hotspots, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, and Sacre Coeur. My other recommendations would be heading to the Shakespeare & Company bookstore on Rue de la Bucherie for some peaceful reading, Pompideu museum if you’re a fan of modern art and bizarre architecture, and the Catacombes (a tad creepy but worth a mention).
Eat: We had an absolutely delicious meal at a restaurant in Montmartre called La Mandigotte. I had possibly one of the nicest salmon tartares I’ve ever eaten (it’s one of my favourites) and a mouth-wateringly good duck dish as a main course. My boyfriend had steak which was also cooked to perfection. It was a great local place and I always take it as a good sign if you can only hear French being spoken and they don’t have an English menu. If you want something closer to the centre, I recommend having a gander around the Louvre. It will be more expensive but then you can stop to see the beautiful pyramid lit up when it gets dark.
Do: There is so much to see and do in Paris that it’s so hard to choose! I love to spend a morning strolling around Montmartre – my favourite part of Paris. Stop in one of the little cafes for a coffee and a croissant, admire the street-sellers’ artwork, and take in the view from the Sacre Coeur. I also must insist that at some point you buy a macaron and a bottle of wine, take it to the banks of the Seine, and watch the world go by. It can’t get much more romantic than that!
Paris, you never let me down, and someday I will live there.
Let me know in the comments what your favourite parts of Paris are! Have you ever been and would you like to go??
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Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx