Fairytale Fantasy

Monday, 18 August 2014

Paris Day One!

Goodbye England

The view from our hotel window, can you spot the Eiffel Tower?

Our beds

I lived in my robe

Paris Opera House

Paris Opera House

Chanel Shop Front

Gorgeous Dior Shop Front

Louvre Museum

Beautiful architecture

Beach along the Seine

Orchids on display in a shop window

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Relaxing in Square Jean XXIII

A little refreshment

Paris is just gorgeous

La Madeleine

Avenue des Champ-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe

Luxor Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde

Eiffel <3

Shamefully this was the best photo I got of the twinkling tower

Yes, this is a photograph of an advert under the metro. I included it because we were looking at the poster as a rat ran along the bottom behind the chairs and down the bottom right of the frame. I missed it by about two seconds. #RATatouille

Helloooo! Hope you’re well. I apologise for my blogging absence but as you’ve probably already sussed from this post, I’ve been AFK (away from keyboard, yes, I know internet). A week and a half ago I woke up at 5am and headed off to the airport with my dad for a weekend in Paris. Between the ages of eighteen months and five years old I lived on the outskirts of Paris, yet I haven’t returned since. Fifteen years is quite a long time and my memories of my life in France are fairly vague, so really it was going on an adventure to a brand-new locale.

We arrived at the airport and made it through security in good time but due to my dad’s insistence of window shopping and eating breakfast (the madness) we almost missed the flight. The next few hours flowed more smoothly if not slowly, with a rather mundane flight. When we landed in Paris we had a little difficulty locating the bus we needed to get to the city centre, but once we found this we begun to relax. We checked into the hotel just after lunchtime and I was pretty damn excited by how swanky it was. After a quick drink we were excited to head off and explore the city.

We walked down Boulevard Haussmann towards the beautiful Opéra National de Paris. After having a look around there we proceeded to walk around some of the designer shops, which unfortunately were closed as it was Sunday. We then wandered through the Jardin des Tuileries and visited the Musée du Louvre. We then headed towards the River Seine and walked along the Quai de la Mégisserie where a little beach had been created. We continued down the Voie Georges Pompidou before crossing the river over the Pont Notre-Dame. This took us to the island in the middle of the Seine on which the Cathédrale Notre-Dame is located. After having a look round there we sat for a while in Square Jean XXIII. We then crossed the Pont de l’Archevêché (and had a look at all the love padlocks) before stopping for a quick drink. We then did a little more exploring before heading back to the hotel for a snack.

At this point I would like to note that I ALREADY had blisters on my poor, delicate feet but I was determined to explore more so we headed out as a quick shower of rain subsided. We walked back passed the Opera again before heading down the Boulevard des Italiens and pass L’eglise de Madeleine. We then proceeded down the Rue Royale before reaching the Place de la Concorde.

The following few hours were some of my favourite few of the trip. The sun was beginning to set and it became clear to me why so many love this city.

Standing at Concorde really shows you how structured some areas of the city is. Looking in one direction you can see the Eiffel Tower. Look a little right of the Eiffel Tower and you can see right the way down the enormous Avenue des Champ-Élysées (which I cannot pronounce AT ALL) to the Arc de Triomphe. We then had planned to go on a night time boat trip down the Seine and we walked for quite some time before finding a boat company that was still running. Eventually we found one and got on a boat near the Eiffel Tower at 10pm. We spent an hour on the boat and it was simply magical. When it gets dark, the Eiffel Tower twinkles on the hour and it is honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. We then headed back to the hotel for the night.

I’m going to end this post here as I will be blogging each day separately. Thank you so much for reading, I will be uploading day two soon.

Kisses, Sophie xx

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