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A week in Paris

Sunday, 30 July 2017
“Paris is always a good idea.” –Audrey Hepburn
Oh Paris! This trip was phenomenal, honestly the city is breathtaking. The getaway was planned in the most spontaneous fashion with a best friend, but was simply magical. I’ve been back less than 24 hours and I am already sitting down to write this so I can rave about it to even more people. I thought I’d create a few posts on guides to the city, although I expect most have probably already been there.

 The places to visit:

Eiffel Tower:

A must-see on any trip to Paris is the Eiffel tower, I recommend going twice to embrace the full scale of its wonder. If you wish to go up the monument, arrive as early as you can to avoid queuing for hours on end. The view at the top of it is fairly similar to the view on the second tier as well, we only went to the top to see Gustave Eiffel’s apartment. If you wish to save money though the second tier is just as breathtaking as the top with the view you see. A night-time trip with the glow of the tower is phenomenal sight especially as it sparkles on the hour after dark, marking your second trip as one of wonder.
Metro stations- Bir Hakeik (line 6) or Ecole Militaire (Line 8)

The Louvre:

Again, another obvious location to visit with it housing the famous Mona Lisa amongst many other collections of artefacts.  The queue into the glass pyramid is rather daunting at a glance, particularly on weekends so this is another attraction where early starts are a huge recommendation. Security is a fast moving queue though so it is never as time consuming as it first appears. The other brilliant thing about the Louvre is eu citizens under the age of 26 get in for free by presenting their passport; thus providing us with yet another reason to berate brexit for making travel even pricier.

Metro stations-  Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal musee du Louvre (both Line 1)

Arc De Triomphe:

A jewel to mark the height of Napoleon’s short success as Emperor standing proud at the head of the Champs Elysees. Once again, another monument to visit for the views it provides of the city; that and to pay respect to the tomb of the unknown solider. Similar to the Louvre, this is another monument which is free to visit for EU citizens under the age of 26, bringing the cost of your holiday down once again.

Metro station- Charles de Gaulle Etoile (lines 1, 2 and 6)

Sacré Coeur and Montmartre:

Located up a steep incline is the Church of sacred hearts, you’ll begrudge it as you climb the many stairs, the view from the top makes it all worth it. Unfortunately neither of us had cardigans on due to how lovely the weather was so we couldn’t go in, but we didn’t waste an afternoon in the area. You can easily lose yourself in the maze of streets or admiring the art market beyond the basilica.

Metro station- Abbesses (Line 12)

Notre Dame:

Gothic architecture encompassed by a tragic Victor Hugo novel turned Disney film; what’s not to love? Similar to Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame is also still a place of worship so if you wish to go inside shoulders must be covered. The entry to the cathedral is free, but you can climb the tower for around €10 although we didn’t do this. I’m sure it is worth it though, just to say hello to the Gargoyles from Hunchback of notre dame; it must get lonely with Quasimodo gone.

Metro station- Cité

The Place to stay:

We stayed in a small airbnb which was perfect for our trip, for six days the cost was around £140 each. The studio we booked was in the 2nd arrondissement of the city, essentially the heart of Paris with the Louvre being only a 10 minute walk away! I hugely recommend airbnb if you are looking for a cheaper alternative and don’t want to stay in a travel lodge. It is so easy to find a place to book and brilliant if you have a host as helpful as the one we had. The studio also had a dreamy balcony adorned with many beautiful plants which of course is an essential to any blogger wanting the Paris rooftops as a backdrop to outfit shoots.

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