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“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”
-Adriana from Midnight in Paris
So I’m back from my trip to Paris and have so many photos to share! Tommy & I had such an amazing time and I genuinely would give anything to be back there again. It’s a city that you immediately fall in love with and they were honestly the best few days I’ve had in a long long time. Apologies for not blogging while I was there -time went so quickly and I really just wanted to make the most of every minute I was there. My 3G on my phone refused to work for some reason (so strange) so I was only able to share photos while I was in wifi areas which actually was the best thing that could have happened. Usually I am never off my phone, so it was really nice to only be able to use it at certain times and meant I could give Paris my full attention. When I did have wifi, I shared photos on my Instagram (@retroflame), Twitter & Facebook -so if you think you missed any, just search the hashtag ‘#retroflameinparis’ and you’ll be able to see them all together. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing a photo diary from each of the days we spent in this stunning city and I’ll also be doing a big ‘Paris City-Guide’ sharing all my favourite places to stay, shop, eat, etc. So if there is anything in particular you want me know about, just let me know in the comment section below.
We arrived in Paris on Monday at about 3pm and went straight to our hotel, Hotel Saint Jacques. It’s a boutique hotel with just 36 rooms, located in the Latin Quarter of Paris and it just couldn’t have been more perfect. The whole hotel was so parisian and full of old-style romantic decor and lots of chandeliers (my favourite!). We had to use an actual key (rare these days) to open our room -which was full of intricate detail, pastel shades and our own little balcony looking out onto the street. I could have stayed there forever!
Although we only had a few hours before dark that evening, we managed to squeeze in lots of sight-seeing (& eating!!). We visited Luxembourg Gardens just before it closed at 5pm, we stopped at Gerard Mulot on Rue de Seine (such a cute street) for some hazelnut macaroons, we walked over the ‘Love Lock Bridge’ where we added our very own lock, ate crepes under the Ferris Wheel and then walked by the Lourve and through Tuileries Gardens just as it was getting dark. From there we walked towards the famous shopping street, Champs Elysees, with the Eiffel Tower in viewing distance all the way and then finally we climbed all the way to the top of Arc de Triomphe (SO many steps) which shows such beautiful views of the city. As you can probably guess, there is A LOT of walking in Paris. I honestly had pains in my legs each night but it really is so worth it to walk to as many places as you can, as it allows you to explore places you might never see by taking the metro. That night, we ate at Peres Et Filles -a very french restaurant with quirky decor and great food. It was definitely a jam-packed first evening but it was such a great start to the trip :)
My ‘Paris Day 2’ post will be live tomorrow!