Last weekend I had a girly weekend away with my friends Becky and Phoebe where we spent a day in Paris exploring the city in the sunshine and a day being big kids at Disneyland. I had only visited Paris once before for the afternoon as a 14 year old with school so I was excited to visit again to see more.
Whilst we only had a day – we enjoyed a leisurely day visiting the top sights, treating ourselves to a cocktail on the Champs-Élysées, wondering the back streets admiring the beautiful buildings and dining al fresco with the locals. I thought it’d be useful to share with you what we got up too for inspiration if you’re also tight on time along with showing you a photo diary of our day! I’m determined to visit again for a full weekend and I hope these photos help convince you to visit….scroll down to find out what I got up too!
Our first stop was obviously the Eifell Tower. We weren’t very prepared as we didn’t buy tickets online in advance but when we arrived we decided to buy the ‘stairs’ ticket to the summit as it was much cheaper and there was no queue. The ticket allowed us stair access to level 2 (the climb wasn’t that bad) and then lift access to the very top. If stairs are not an option for you I would advise buying a ticket in advance in order to avoid a long wait. The views from the top were absolutely stunning and I could easily have stared at the view all day!
Lunch by the River Seine
We grabbed a bite to eat at a cafe situated alongside the River Seine. Expect to pay an extra two or three euros for the privilege but it is most definitely worth it especially when the weather is as glorious as it was! I definitely want to hop on a boat cruise down the river next time I am there….
After the obligatory photos directly outside the Eifell Tower we decided to take a wonder across the river to Trocadero Gardens an open green space which gave us the perfect background for photos!
Arc de Triomphe
It’s not a visit to Paris without going to see the Arc de Triomphe – the monument synonymous with Paris. Quite often a landmark which acts as a grand finale, I’d never seen so many cyclists in one place as they celebrated finishing London to Paris!
We of course had a wonder down the Champs-Élysées the world famous avenue featuring bars, restaurants and designer shops galore. We left the window shopping to the likes of Louis Vuitton only allowing ourselves a cocktail break and a browse in Sephora.
Jardin des Tuileries
If you head straight down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries a beautiful public garden full of gorgeous flowers, historic statues and water fountains surrounded by Parisians.
The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces. We didn’t have time to go inside as I heard you need a good few hours to even scratch the surface but next time I visit I’ll definitely be making time to go.
Exploring the back streets of Gaillon
On the way to dinner we then walked half an hour out from the Louvre through the areas of Gaillon and St Georges walking down the less touristy streets to admire the buildings and walk off the delicious ice cream we had whilst in the gardens.
We finished the evening with a visit to the Moulin Rouge and dinner al fresco under fairy lights at Le Dépanneur Terrasse on a busy street of bars and restaurants full of locals.
Have you been to Paris? I’d love to hear what you got up too in the comments below!