September 1, 2017

For my 23rd birthday I hopped on the Eurostar and went to explore the beautiful city of Paris.. Getting to the city itself was so easy and comfortable and you can even bring your own bottle of bubbly...result! I watched the film "French Kiss" whilst gazing at the charming French countryside and felt like we got there in absolutely no time at all (this was probably helped by Kevin Kline's French accent). It really is the perfect location for a weekends getaway and you aren't knackered from travelling by the time you get there, which is a massive bonus.

We stayed at a hotel called My Home in Paris which was the prettiest little boutique spot, with stylish design/interiors and the perfect meeting of modern and historical features. In amongst this busy, and often crowded city, our home for the next few days had it's own private courtyard and the general feel of the hotel was calm, intimate and welcoming. Location wise, we were pretty central, about a five minute walk from the Oberkampf Paris Metro station and right next to a bakery called Boulangerie - which I can honestly say sold the best sandwiches I have EVER eaten. A little on the pricey side, Boulangerie bakery was worth every penny and i'm pretty sure we bought food from there at least once a day during our stay. 

As we were only there for a short time we explored on foot mainly, strolling along the river Seine for an hour or two each day. During our stay we did get the occasional metro but I would highly recommend exploring the city by foot, experiencing and taking in your surroundings whilst being able to gather your bearings will definitely make you feel a lot less like a tourist (it most certainly did for us!)

Whilst in Paris we visited the Louvre, Pont des Arts, Pont Neuf, Pont de l'Archevêché, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée des arts décoratifs, among many cafés, antique shops and beautiful florists. 

Surprisingly we managed to see everything on my list and still managed to fit in many coffee stops, leisurely walks and window shopping. Staying in the city meant that we were never far from all the action and attractions the city had to offer,  although when city life got a little hectic we could easily escape to our hotel, a private, safe and relaxing oasis. After being absolutely convinced that I was a country girl through and through, I absolutely feel in love with Paris and city life.  I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present and will definitely be returning soon!