TRAVEL DIARY | PARIS

Currently my husband is on a business trip in France and he’s been away for the past three weeks which has been pretty tough on me as I miss him way too much when he’s not around for a day, let alone a month (he’s coming back on the 5th June). Last week I called him on the phone crying as I wanted him to come back home because I couldn’t handle not having him around for such a long time. After the phone call he sent me the cutest little videos of him walking around Paris and captioning them with “I wish I could do this with you” and then at the end of the night he e-mailed me tickets to come to Paris which was so sweet and romantic. I’m truly blessed to have him in my life. Anyway, I left London Thursday night as my bus was at 11pm and I arrived in Paris Friday morning around 10am. I didn’t sleep the whole journey as I was super excited and I love long car/bus journeys as I get the chance to think about things on a deeper level as I often get too busy in my day to day life to really have that time with myself to just think and refresh my mind. When I arrived we had some breakfast and then we headed to our hotel where I just had a quick shower, did my makeup and then we left to explore the city. Although I was super tired, I really enjoyed my day. We went to see the famous Eiffel Tour, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Pyramid, as well as the Louvre museum to have a look at Mona Lisa of course. We mainly walked to get around so I could soak up as much of the city as possible as I had never actually been to Paris before. Thereafter, we ended up in Five Guys where we got served by a really cool girl from Guadeloupe who gave us a free drink and we paid for small fries even though we ordered medium. I love Five Guys, but it wasn’t as good as it is here in England which I was quite surprised about, because most food here is really bad. At the end of the night we ended up in Dogstar where we had some shisha and couple of mojitos.

paris Eiffel Tower

 

Louvre museum
Louvre Pyramid
Louvre museum

The next day we woke up, had some breakfast and we were off again to explore some more. We started off with Sacrè-Coeur Sacrè-Coeur which was actually my favourite place as walking up to the church the view was just incredible. Then we headed to Notre Dame and I’m so glad we did, because in pictures it doesn’t look as impressive as it does in real life, it was actually stunning. In front of Notre Dame we also got the chance to see the annual bread festival.

paris Sacrè-Coeur

 

paris

 

paris

 

paris notre dame

We also crossed the famous Pont des Arts bridge, although it wasn’t that impressive since they removed all the ‘love locks’. Thereafter we went for lunch at Hippopotamus and it was so disappointing. We ordered steak and chips and the steak was horrible, it had no flavour and the texture of it was like hard rubber, the sauces had no flavour either and the chips were rubbish too, so I actually didn’t eat at all. I’m usually not a picky person when it comes to food, so the food has to be terrible for me not to eat it, so if you ever go to Paris, don’t go there. However, hubby did get me a crepe right outside the restaurant and it was amazing. The crepe was average, but Nutella tastes so much better in France than anywhere else I’ve tried it, so I really enjoyed that. Then we headed back to our hotel as we had dinner plans for 7pm, so we had to get ready. We went to dinner at Khuna Thai and the food was incredible there, I really recommend their king prawn curry. Afterwards we headed to Buddha bar for some cocktails.

Then it was already Sunday and we decided that we won’t do anything, we were both tired and just wanted to relax, so we ended up napping and watching Better Call Saul and then it was time for me to go to the airport to come back to London which was a nightmare as my flight was delayed by two and a half hours, but I made it.

Overall, I really enjoyed my short trip. It was lovely to get out of London for a while and see another place and it was even better to see my husband. I do have to say that Paris is not as glamorous as it seems. Their underground constantly reeks of urine and I hated the fact that everyone was jumping the public transport. Most of the food I tried was either rubbish or just average. I expected their baguettes and croissants to be better than what I had tried before, but in reality I enjoy Lidl’s bakery here in England more than the bakery I had in Paris. However, food aside, I really loved the architecture, it was truly beautiful and no place can beat the detail that represents the buildings I saw. I am so grateful to have had the chance to visit one of the most popular cities in the world and I would definitely love to go back and see more of the Louvre Museum, dine in Eiffel Tour and visit more art galleries.

-A

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