Those of you who have read my previous blogs and who follow me on instagram will know that way back in July I got married to Mr W (blog post about our wedding is here) .. we didn’t go on honey or mini moon straight away .. we decided that we would go in the autumn when the schools were back, and the leaves on the trees were looking their prettiest .. I have wanted to go to Paris for a (very) long time and Mr W was more than happy with a mini moon city break, neither of us having been to Paris before thought it would be perfect.
So finally the day came when we set off for our mini adventure .. excited was a bit of an understatement .. to be able to spend time just the two of us, exploring this beautiful city, was just what we needed.
We had four days to see as much as possible, Harry had written down a few sentences for us to ask in French should we want to (which was rather helpful). Our hotel “Vic Eiffel” was in the heart of the Left bank area, and right next to a metro station (perfect for seeing the city) .. it was also only about 20 minutes walking distance from the Eiffel Tower, of course that was the first stop once we have checked in and dropped our very large bags off (we won’t discuss the fact that just going to Paris my luggage was 6 kilos over what it should have been .. oops, I did add another bag for the return journey!). The Eiffel Tower really was such a wonderful sight, the walk up to it was through a park and all around were people relaxing on the grass with a beer or wine, there was even a couple having their wedding photos taken. Before the trip Mr W knew that he would of course be on “insta hubby” duties, and he first shot was with me in front of the Eiffel Tower … obviously no pressure, we walked around taking in the views and of course stopping for a beer (or two).
For my birthday Phoebe booked at table for Mr W and me at Ladureé as she knew is was totally instagram and blog worthy (she knows me so well) when we arrived we were so thankful that we had a table booked as the queue was going down the street, we were taken upstairs to our table to be greeted by the most amazing decor, it really was breathtaking, we settled for the brunch meal, which included scrambled egg & avocado, granola, pastries, fruit, a pot of tea and of course a few of those famous macaroons, it truly was the most fantastic experience and something that I will remember forever.
At every turn there were the most stunning buildings, fountains, cathedrals, florists, doors (oh the doors) & sights to see, as you can imagine it took quite a while to get anywhere as was taking photos of everything! I had of course seen Paris in movies, books and of course in blogs & instagram, but to see it all with my own eyes was even more magical.
I had to of course embrace the beret and breton life (it wasn’t hard) .. and since returning I have invested in more of both (I don’t think you can ever have too many), everywhere you turned there were of course super stylish Parisians.
There was of course a wish list of places to visit, mine included Montmartre, having seen it in one of my favourite films (Amelie), Notre Damme and Angelina, I’d heard their hot chocolates are amazing, all were very instagrammable! Mr W had a short list of his own which mainly involved a football club, all I will say is …. no photos were taken!
A lot of the time though we decided on where we were going to head that day and walked around exploring little streets, coming across beautiful parks and having a coffee or hot chocolate along the way. We hopped on and off the Metro which was super easy to use. But all too soon it was time to say Au Revior to Paris.
We had the most wonderful time, and being able to spend time with my husband was just the best thing. We are already talking about a return visit as there is still so many things we would like to do and place still to visit. I think next time I’d like to go in spring or in the new year when you have to wrap up warm, Paris has such a great feel to it and the thought of sipping a hot chocolate (which are truly scrumptious) sat outside with your beret (I love my berets), scarf & coat on sounds just perfect to me.