Spring in Paris – Part 1

So the posts are FINALLY here after I’ve been banging on about them for so bloody long (sorry about that, I got very excited about my holiday), so here we go!

Waking up at 5am is horrible on any occasion, but what makes it a lil bit better is knowing you’re not actually going to work, you’re going to Paris instead. Kinda helps. What it doesn’t help, however, is how cold it is getting out the shower at a ridiculous hour in the morning.

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After quickly getting dressed in my trusty New Look jeans, paired with a purple Primark shirt and Dune sneakers, dressed up with my Ann Summers Ayra Bra and Accessorise hat, we ย take a brisk walk to the station, we’re on the train to London. And because a moving train is TOTALLY the best place to do my makeup, I crack on. I’ve packed lightly with the makeup because I have every intention of leaving Paris with more makeup than I arrived with.

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At the still painfully early time of about 7:3o, we roll into Waterloo and soon enough we’re at St.Pancras after a quick stint on the Tube with a massive backpack. They’re quite hard to sit down with apparently. So now what’s on my mind is food and where better to head but Prime Burger for breakfast. As Joe tucks into a bacon roll, I have me a baby fry up before heading to the check in area to find it says “final call” for our train. Oops, run. Luckily, thanks to our EU passports, we make it with five minutes to spare. Let’s just hope once Brexit happens we’re never late for our train, otherwise we would be right at the back of a very long queue. Both literally and figuratively. But, I digress.

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So here starts the very long train journey. So what’s the best thing to do to kill 2.5 hours? Fall asleep on Joe. Which I’m sure he loved. I made it about 30 minutes into the journey before crashing out and woke up when we were in France. Fab, only 45 minutes left.

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Once we roll into Gare du Nord, we jump straight on the Metro and Joe finally realises how kinda gross the Tube is in comparison. And apparently our hotel is a bit out the way because there is absolutely no quick and easy way to get to it. After one change and about 15 stops, we arrive in Periere for a lovely walk to our hotel. God there’s been a lot of trains and walking this-morning. We eventually arrive at our little hotel, Hotel Gaston (fitting, because I am SO ready to see Beauty and The Beast), however, since it’s too early to check in and have a peek at our room, we dump our REALLY HEAVY (well, mine is anyway) backpacks and head out for lunch.

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Now I know exactly where we’re going for lunch and I’m ready for it. I’ve been a couple of times before and both times it was SO GOOD, so off we go to Creperie Pen-ty. Plus, it’s bang in the middle of Montmartre, so we can immediately start our tourism off. Howย exciting. The creperie is pretty busy and also VERY TIGHT, but they manage to squeeze us in, while I accidentally beat everyone up with my handbag trying to get to the back of the restaurant. I’ve known what I’m having for like the last week and I teach Joe the ways of a two course galette and crepe meal. With a teacup of cider, obviously. We go for a ham, Emmental and egg galette (oh god it’s so good) followed by a Nutella crepe (because what else?) and crack on with our day. First stop is the Moulin Rouge since it’s quite literally on the doorstep, where I can take some totally Instagram worthy polaroids and Joe can take some totally bloggable photos of me taking some totally Instagram worthy polaroids. It all works out.

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We go on a lovely long walk around Montmartre through all the tiny back alleys and they’re all just SO PRETTY. We come out at the top of the Sacre-Coeur and the views are even prettier. But we have just done SO MUCH walking that we’re forced to sit down on the stairs for a bit because we’reย dying.ย We decide now would be a pretty good time to head back to the hotel because my poor feeeeet.

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Our hotel is small, like most Parisian hotels, but it’s so artsy I love it. Each of the six floors has a theme designed by a French artist and it’s so COOL. Plus we’re given a little plate of macarons which THANKFULLY, Joe doesn’t like. Get in. After a quick lil stop off and a change of handbag because I think my arms are about to fall off, we head back to that magical place called Sephora. I was ready. So ready. It was all decorated outside with Kat Von D stuff and it’s punkiness resonated in my soul. In we go.

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So you know department stores are always a lil bit terrifying because you just know someone’s gonna jump out at you and ask if you need help or something. Turns out it’s worse in French. Judging from the scared look on my face, they eventually gave up and left me alone to my spending. And I did exact that. Over half of my travel money in one sitting. There is definitely gonna be a haul so keep your eyes peeled.

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We got out just as the sun started to set, so we headed back to the hotel to get changed for dinner, when Joe layed down on the bed. “Just sit down for five minutes” he said. Next thing, we’ve woken up at 12:45am. Oops, no dinner for us then.

61 Comments

  1. March 12, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Aaaaaah Paris sounds lovely. And love your outfit.

  2. March 12, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I loved reading this, I had a similar experience when I went to Paris a few weeks back. It’s such a culture shock being surrounded by different languages!
    Jen, Velvet Spring. xo

    • March 12, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      It really is, turns out my secondary school french wasn’t much help! x

  3. March 12, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    That’s great that you photographed your trip and shared it in this blog post the way you did – I definitely dream of going to Paris one day – how lucky of you that you got to visit! It looks like a beautiful place.

    • March 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s definitely somewhere to visit! x

  4. March 12, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    looks like you had a really lovely trip, all your pics are making me want to go to paris!!x

  5. March 12, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Love your photos and reading what you did! Would love to return to Paris again soon!

    Jessica | growchangeaccept.co.uk

    • March 12, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      True! There’s something so exciting about getting up really early to go on holiday! x

  6. March 12, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    what a beautiful post, so well written, so inspiring and it really made my want to go back to Paris asap! i’ve been there once and i’t just a city to love, a city that really deserves its title as ‘the city of love’.

    xx Solange | creativepineapples.blogspot.com

  7. March 12, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Loved this post!! looks like you had a fab time and i’m very jel!

    Love, Melissa x
    lovemelissax.co.uk

  8. Loved your picture! And everything in your outfit! Especially the bag and the hat they are so so beautiful! I love Paris. I used to live there and my parents are just an hour away! Looks like you had a great time! xx Corinne

    • March 12, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you! That sounds amazing, I’d love to live there, even just for a few months! xx

  9. corinneandkirsty
    March 12, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Montmartre is such a lovely place! But I’m sorry to say that the Tube is much, much, MUCH more cleaner that the Metro.. To have worked in both cities, the Tube wins by far ^^

    Kirsty
    http://www.corinneandkirsty.com

    • March 12, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I must have either been to all the worst tube stops or all the nicest metro stations haha!! xx

  10. March 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely trip! I’d love to go to Paris
    Sam xox
    samslifeadventures.wordpress.com

  11. March 12, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    This sounds WONDERFUL! Your photos are lovely and I’m insanely jealous. Have been to Paris a few times; skiing, Disneyland 3 times and Paris with my school for art trips. So I’ve never actually been where I’ve had the freedom to look around the city and do what I want to do xx

    • March 12, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Thank you so much! I’d love to go back to disney, I can barely remember it I was so young! x

  12. March 12, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    So jealous! Really French macaroons and Sephora! Sounds like an amazing trip!!
    Got to say your outfits are amazing too ๐Ÿ˜
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  13. March 12, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Oh wow sounds like you had an amazing time! So jealous!

  14. lolitambonita
    March 12, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Wow what an incredibly hectic but amazing day! I love the Sacre Coeur reminds me of my fave film Amelie x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    • March 12, 2017 / 11:25 pm

      I’ve seen so much about that film, I think I need to watch! x

      • March 12, 2017 / 11:38 pm

        Oh your really do now you have been around Paris. The cafe where its filmed is just at the bottom too! x

  15. March 13, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I’m in Paris this Friday for my birthday and this has given me so many amazing ideas, and now I’m so much more excited! thanks so much! xxx

    • March 13, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much! Have a wonderful time lovely! Xx

  16. March 13, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I love your style of writing so much! Also, I love Paris and this post has made me even more excited to go back x

  17. March 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    When I saw this was a post about Paris, I just HAD to comment! Your photos are so dreamy, and I love that did you so much in one day! There’s so much to do in Paris, but I think you hit up some really good spots! I can’t wait to read the next part! Funnily enough, I’ve just written a post about Montmartre!
    Bisous,
    Faz
    http://www.livinglikeaparisienne.com

    • March 13, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh, what luck, totally checking that out! xx

  18. March 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Paris looks like such an amazing place to visit it all looks so beautiful! I love the photography in the post it’s all been shot so well ๐Ÿ’–

  19. March 13, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Love all the photos, sounds like a great trip.

  20. March 13, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Okay, as soon as I saw the title with ‘Paris’ in it, I clicked so fast on the link. I am super jealous that you took a trip to Paris oh I bet it’s so lush and beautiful there. You sound like you’ve had a wonderful time and that’s what matters the most. Omg, that macaroon is so cute. I love macaroons. Your photography makes me want to go there so bad. Love this post girly! xx

    sami | possiblysami.com

    • March 13, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! The macarons were SO good! xx

      • March 13, 2017 / 8:12 pm

        haha, you’re making me want some now omg!

  21. March 13, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Hi, fab pics the tea and pancakes look very nice. I want to revisit now and re-explore, Chloe #TeacupClub

  22. March 14, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    The galettes look really tasty. I’ve been to France but haven’t actually been to Paris, might have to go someday!

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