Two nights spent in the French capital and it did not disappoint, in-fact it actually exceeded all expectations. The weather, the atmosphere, the food, the people and the insanely incredible landmarks were just a dream. It’s now one of my favourite locations in Europe and for good reason. If your looking for an October location in Europe then Paris has to be a strong consideration, I’m sure you will be equally mesmerised by the Parisian beauty.
Upon arrival at Charles De Gaulle airport it was straight to the metro in order to make our way to the hotel. The metro is by far the easiest way to get around Paris so don’t buy bus tickets or book taxi’s. Admittedly we jumped off at the wrong station to begin with but the walk to our hotel was in the scorching sunshine; coming from the UK weather that morning this was welcomed. As we got closer to our accomodation I had my first glimpse of the standout attraction in Paris, The Eiffel Tower. It’s something you have to see for yourself as I can only describe it as unreal. I mean that literally, it’s like someone has just painted this huge detailed structure into the Paris skyline. Being a new found camera geek I took so many photos of the tower, both day and night, from the ground and from the top of both the Montparnasse Tower and the Notre-Dame de Paris.
It was such a good first night and it was so nice after a lot of evening walking to head back to our amazing room for the following two nights. Home for our stay in Paris was Les Jardins d’Eiffel. A lot of research was done prior to booking a hotel and this one came out on top by a clear mile. It was priced very reasonably and the location was absolutely fantastic. It was a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and there was a metro station (Invalides) about a 3 minute walk away which was used a lot to navigate around the city. The stay at Les Jardins d’Eiffel was the cherry on top of a great trip. The view out of the bedroom window was mesmerising especially when the recently visited tower lit up into a glistening frenzy. I’d strongly recommend checking out this hotel if your heading to Paris as it encompasses everything that you will need for a great stay.
The following morning in Paris was beautiful. I got up early to head to the Louvre and beat the crowds in order to get some good photo shots. I was given the best sunrise on route and the light was just perfect when I arrived. It was early and a couple of other photographers were dotted around trying to do the same as me I guess but I quickly took in the scenery, got a few pictures and then headed back to the gardens to start my route back. The Louvre was approximately a 25 minute walk from Les Jardins d’Eiffel but when you are crossing the River Seine at sunrise and wandering through some intensely autumnal parks it’s not a chore as you can imagine. The Louvre is the worlds largest art museum and home to the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Not being huge art lovers we didn’t make it inside the museum however if this does interest you then go early as we ventured back mid day and it was completely manic.
Next up after visiting the Louvre we made our way to the Notre-Dame de Paris. What a building as you can see and another hot spot as this place was busy! The main queue which stretched a long, long way back was to get into the cathedral. We however wanted to get to the top of the cathedral and this operated on a no queue basis. Perfect. We simply had to download an app, select our time and then come back once it notified us to do so. Then a small reasonable fee was paid, we got our tickets and the leg workout began. A spiral staircase that went up and up and up and up! There are two view points high up the cathedral, the best one being right at the top where you can walk all the way around for a 360 degree view of Paris. It was nice to get this view in the daylight as we were up the Montparnasse Tower at night. Both perfect views!
Another place you can get an aerial view of Paris is on top of the Arc de Triomphe, super busy with both people and traffic! We didn’t go to the top as we’d already seen the city from above on two occasions so we opted for a coffee and some breakfast instead. We visited the Arc de Triomphe on our first day but we missed the sunset lighting as we were too busy tucking into some food (Always eating!) We made up for it on our next visit though. We got there reasonably early with some great sunshine silhouetting the Arc from one side providing the opportunity to get some great shots. We buzzed around the city one last time on the metro (day tickets were €10) and found a place to eat. The food in Paris was great however we did struggle more so than other places we’ve visited when looking for some healthy food spots. We found a nice place doing acai bowls etc . . . but I think the best thing to do is grab some food from a supermarket and set up a picnic somewhere! We did this under the Eiffel Tower and it was so relaxing in the sunshine and we constructed a pretty healthy meal at half the price of a restaurant meal.
Paris definitely makes it on my return visit list as there is still a few more places I’d like to visit there but for now the planning commences for my next trip.
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in the next one!
(I was kindly given a complimentary upgrade to the premium room with an Eiffel Tower view at Les Jardins d’Eiffel. All opinions expressed are my own).