Image taken by the amazing Corinne Collett who blogs over at Skinnedcartree
I have been to Paris once before over New Year about five years ago with an ex-boyfriend. Although we tried to cram in loads with travelling, and a day spent in Disneyland we didn’t really do much which is why I am super excited to be returning to the city next week with my friend.
I like to plan my trips beforehand to work out what is feesible to fit in and logical orders of what is close to one another to ensure that we aren’t wasting time going from one side of the city to another. On the Thursday evening when we arrive it just so happens that my favourite band Bring Me The Horizon are playing a show so of course we’re going to be heading to that, this really wasn’t the purpose of this trip just a happy co-incidence.
There is quite a lot that I’d like to do when I head over there including:
Image taken by the amazing Kaye Ford
Another trip to the Louvre
I went to the Louvre during my first trip to the city and I definitely want to go back as it is so big there will have been loads which I would have missed. Of course we will end up seeing the Mona Lisa painting but I am more excited to see the huge painting on the opposite wall which I remember being beautiful from when I went. I absolutely love exploring museums and galleries especially as the Louvre is so iconic and so extensive.
Head up the Eiffel Tower
Yes I have been to Paris but not been up the Eiffel Tower. I am aware that it is tacky, and it is a cliched thing to do but I can’t head to the city and not do it. I am going to look at trying to book this before going to minimise the amount of time that we spend queuing for it. I just want to see the views of the city from that high up.
Another image from Kaye Ford
Eat my weight in Pastries
For me, food is always an important part of going away and of course I want to experience all the macaroons, all the croissants and just eat my way through each and every day. My weight loss will definitely be on hold for a week when I go! I’ve heard great things about Cafe de Flore in Saint-Germain for hot chocolate and pastries so I might have to give this a try. Pastries might be about as far as my Parisian eating goes as I am not up for trying snails or frogs legs because the thought just makes me feel a little ill. Has anyone else tried them? I’d be interested to know others thoughts on them.
It literally only hit me when I read some fellow bloggers articles about the city that yes there is in fact a few Sephora’s knocking around in Paris. When I head to Sephora stores I tend to look for items you either can’t get in the UK or items which I know are cheaper than back home so inevitably I will be spending a few hours searching around online to see what goodies I can buy there. #Sorrybankbalance
Yet another one from Kaye Ford
Find where they’ve moved all the locks
There used to be a bridge where people put locks on with their initials inscribed on them but due to the weight they had to take them all off. I know that they have relocated the locks and moved them somewhere else so I want to find out where this is and check them all out. I might even be the bitter single person that adds a lock with just my own initials on. The idea is that you add your lock on and throw the keys into the water so your love will be eternal, it’s a cute concept if not somewhat tacky but I can’t not go.
Head to Disneyland
Although I have already been to Disneyland for one day it would be nice to go back. When we went being New Years Eve it was so busy and full of kids so we only got on about two rides during our day which was a little rubbish. This is probably the bottom of our list of things we want to do but if we can cram everything else into the other three days I would love to spend a day in Disneyland and go on rides and feel like a kid again.
Image from Kaye Ford
Go into Notre Dame
I saw the outside of the building last time I was here but I really want to head inside this time, perhaps even light a candle for all those who I have lost. This summer will mark a year since a dear friend passed away and I want to light a candle in his honour as I know him and his girlfriend (one of my best friends) had been to Paris together a few times before. I know you can also head out to the top of the cathedral and see the views of the city and the sculptures but I keep reading that there are usually massive queues so I think we will decide about this on the day.
Walk up the Arc De Triomphe
Last time I did go and see the Arc which is there to honour those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars but I had no idea you could climb it. There are no lifts at the Arc so you have to walk up the 285 steps but this is definitely going to be a view which is worth it. I can’t wait to see what the city looks like from the viewing platform at the top especially if we choose to do it on a nice clear day.
Image by the lovely Katy Earley who blogs at Modern Mummy
Head to Moulin Rouge
Again this is something I haven’t done before but you always hear of Moulin Rouge in the same sense that you hear about the Red Light District in Amsterdam. The images of the windmill are quite iconic from Paris and although I don’t think I’d go to the show (I’m guessing it’s all in French) it would be a great site to see, especially at night! Yes there will be an abundance of sex shops and peep shows but fortunately I am not a prude so these sites will not bother me.
Visit the Bataclan Venue
We all know about the events of the Paris shooting from the end of last year which happened within the Bataclan music venue during an Eagles of Death Metal show. I go to a lot of live shows myself so this act of violence hit home even more so than others and watching interviews with survivors and the band afterwards was a horrible experience. Part of me thinks that I would like to head to the venue and pay my silent respects outside the building, perhaps even lay some flowers to honour those who lost their lives. But I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this yet.