The city of lights will forever hold a special place in my heart, not only because I had fantasised about going there since watching “Passport to Paris” and “Paris When It Sizzles” since I was about 8 years old, but because of the special memories that I have made there that will always be treasured! Namely, my very first A380 flight all that time ago was a CDG (Paris) and one of my last ever flights with Emirates was to CDG as well.
This time, we travelled to Paris by train on the Eurostar. It was so nice to relax and watch the scenery rush by, and before I knew it we were thrown into the inky depths of the channel and emerged at the Gare du Nord in time for an unseasonable shower!
It wouldn’t be a trip without the trip ups, and after almost being assaulted by gypsies and dodgy taxi drivers (standard) we managed to find our Uber driver and make our way to our very Parisian, Très Petit apartment. The next day we went to Disneyland.
After a much needed beauty slumber, we walked from our accommodation near Les Halles to the Louvre, Jiardin des Tuileries and the Place de la Concorde onto the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and straight into Ladurée for some breakfast! It wasn’t quite what we had in mind.. the last time I had visited it was about 9 am and the rest of Paris was still asleep. This time, at almost lunch time, breakfast was barely being served, they were out of croissants and I didn’t even manage to scoff down my macaron before we left, we were waiting around for the bill for so long. C’est la vie! Luckily, Ladurée tastes the same out of my Chanel as it does off a plate 😛 Still delicious and worthy of selling my first born child for 😉
The afternoon of shopping and walking gave way to a late lunch and then a much needed spa session to have ourselves looking Mouiln Rouge worthy for our evening at the cabaret! Not before we ate some snails, of course.
It was my very first time Montmartre for the Moulin Rouge and I was equal parts enthralled and embarrassed. I have been to a dinner show before, but this one had much less cleavage. Needless to say, it was a great expression of a very talented art, and all the men in the audience were captivated 😛 There were even live animals in the show, including swimming pythons and miniature shetland ponies. Usually this would upset me but they seemed to be treated better than the dancers so I was put at ease!
Friday was full of culture, and we started off at the Louvre. After missing the queues thanks to some clever ticketing on Cassie’s part, we weren’t subject to being stampeded by other tourists until we were inside the museum. After seeing some parts that I was yet to visit from before, such as the Arabic and Ancient Egyptian collections, I decided to go for some fresh air and wander around by myself, like I was so used to doing on my layovers!
I ended up having a Nutella and Banana crepe for breakfast, before meandering down the Champs Elysees once more and admiring some a free exhibition at Le Petit Palais.
We met up again to stroll down the Siene and visit Notre Dame, where we saw the catacombs beneath the church too. Worth the visit, at just 5 euros you can see the monument from another point of view (and dodge the crowds, too!).
I’d like to tell you that on our last evening in Paris, we ventured out to a cute but quirky Parisienne bistro, and had more snails, a couple of baguettes and copious amounts of foie grois and rose and soaked in the summery ambience before making the long journey home back to a wintery Perth. Instead, we went to the shopping mall near our apartment, bought tickets to see the Minions movie in English and ate pretzels and popcorn.The film ended up being in French, so we exchanged our tickets and went shopping for last minute gifts and disney themed pijamas instead. Not exactly the pinnacle of French culture, but a lovely night spent together nonetheless!
Before we knew it, it was bedtime, and then time to get up for out last little adventure of the day. I had wanted to see the Pere Lachaise cemetery for a while, as it is something a little bit different than the usual attractions, and even though it seems a bit morbid, it was actually a very beautiful experience. I saw Edith Piaff’s grave and paid my respects. It was so humbling to be in a place where the presence of great artists and leaders still lingers, and it was plain to see from the bunches of fresh flowers scattered all around the park. A must see for fans of the Doors!
All to soon it was time to leave, and bid au revoir to Paris. Unfortunately, I also (unintentionally) bid au revior to my purse, containing all of my ID, my bank cards and luckily only 5 euros. I’m not sure if I was just distracted and actually threw my own Ralph Lauren purse into the bin, or if I was so excited by my shopping that I failed to notice a pick pocket nab it. Either way, I was penniless in Paris! Luckily it was the end of our trip! Note to self – being a seasoned traveller doesn’t mean it’s ok to lose situational awareness and one’s personal belongings!!
This post has been in the drafting process for over a month now. There has been so many things happening that I have barely had time to myself to write. Can’t wait to share more exciting news hopefully soon!
Happy living, travelling and eating,