Three Parisian Sites You Need To Experience

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Last week I headed to Paris for a two-night jaunt in the city in conjunction with two shows at the beautiful Bataclan venue where the tragic incidents of November 2015 happened. The trip itself was really fun and chilled and the shows were equally wonderful. Having been to the Parisian capital about four times already I’d done all the obvious tourist destinations but I still had a few things left to experience and I wish I’d done them all years ago.

Hunt out bargains at City Pharma

Now there are loads of pharmacies about in Paris, but City Pharma located just off the Boulevard Saint- Germain is a treasure trove for amazing deals on French branded products such as Bioderma, Cauldie, and Nuxe to name just a few. I visited around 11 am on a Wednesday and even then it was a little busy so pre-plan your visit for mid-week or first thing in the morning because I’ve heard stories of people queuing to get in, and with too many people you can’t properly look at the things inside. I could have gone pretty crazy here as the prices were so good (under 8 euro for a big bottle of Bioderma micellar water) and I knew how much stuff I had at home already. This is the perfect place if there are specific items from brands that you’re looking for or if you just want to treat yourself.

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Take in the views from the Montparnasse Tower

Of course, you have the obvious monuments to view Paris from like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc De Triomphe but the views from the Montparnasse Tower are absolutely stunning. Being a little further out from the main city center you can see so much including all of the above, plenty of gardens, galleries, and Sacre Coeur but it’s the density of the city which I couldn’t get over. When you’re on the street it feels much like any other capital but from the tower, you can truly see how dense much of the city is and this wasn’t a sight I had seen from any other tower. There’s an indoor level at 56 floors or an outdoor observation deck at 59 floors and both offered incredible views of the city (especially during the week when it’s not too busy).

Apple Baked Pastry

Eat Pastries at Du Pain Des Idees

There are loads of bakeries in Paris, and their croissants taste so much better than in the UK but Du Pain Des Idees had been on my to-visit list for a while because it’s only open during the week and I’m usually there at the weekend. Thankfully I’ve finally made my visit and I will definitely be back. The ownerย Christophe Vasseur traded in his life in the fashion industry at the age of 30 to start a new life as a baker with a desire to restore the craft to it’s traditional roots. Christophe was elected the best baker in Paris by a gourmet magazine in 2008 so you know it’s going to be good. I had a baked apple pastry for breakfast on my final day in the city and it was so soft, flaky and full of flavour that I wish I’d bought 10 to bring him. Of course, I had to also get a Pain Au Chocolat to compare against others I’d eaten and again it was so soft and absolutely beautiful.

 

 

June 13, 2017
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  • Gareth Torrance

    I haven’t been to Paris in years… Almost two decades in fact… Really need to go again…

  • I would absolutely love to go back to Paris sometime soon, I went a few years ago and really didn’t spend enough time there.

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like there are some great things to see. I haven’t been to Paris in years

  • Vicky A

    Maybe this is crazy but the last time I was in London I was thinking about doing a day trip to Paris but my friend that I was with wasn’t keen. I hope that maybe I can visit Paris next year.

    These are really good tips. I think I’d heard of that pharmacy before via a YouTuber but I’ve never heard of the Tower or the bakery. That pastry looks incredible it’s making me hungry.

    V โค๏ธ

  • I haven’t been to Paris for nearly 20 years now, I will have to go back one day

  • FussFreeJen

    Wonderful Paris, it is a beautiful city. I would so love to visit it again, as never had the time to do the things I really want to.

  • Paris is one of my favourite cities – I’d love to go back x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    OMG I would love to go to Paris and visit the bakeries. I am such a foodie and the baked apple pastry looks amazing!

  • My mouth is watering over Du Pain Des Idees, especially as I love pastries. Especially consumed with Coffee haha! x

  • How do they get their croissants to taste so much better than ones you can usually get in the UK! You’d have thought we’d have cracked it by now!

  • Angela Milnes

    Paris was one of my bucket lists and it was a beautiful place and city I wish I can go there soon

  • a big yes to city pharma! i always stock up like crazy. it’s always crammed, it’s actually mad

  • Rebecca

    How beautiful – I last visited Paris when I was really young – one day I’ll go back again!

  • Donna

    Oh what great ideas I would really like to go to City Pharma next time! Going on my list!

  • I love the little Paris chemist type places for super cheap skin care products! I went crazy on Bioderma and La Roche Posay when I was there a few years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mummy’s Monkey

    I really want to go to Paris. Those pastries look amazing and as for that view!

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    Oh wow Du Pain Des Idees sounds and looks incredible – that would certainly be on my list of place to visit if I went to Paris!

  • Angela Milnes

    WOW THESE SOUND LIKE GREAT PLACES TO VISIT. I love Paris and have been twice. i would like to go again.

  • Becca Talbot

    That photo of the view from the Montparnasse Tower is breathtaking. I have been to Paris a few times, but never there, so will add it to my list for next time x

  • Tracy Morgan

    I’ve never been to Paris but it is a place that I really need to go and visit one day! Love a good pastry, so the fact that there are tons of bakeries is incentive enough on its own! And that view is spectacular!

  • Rachel George

    Ooh la lah! to the pastries! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. I have never been to Paris but it is on my list.

  • Battle Mum (BattleMum)

    I have to say I drooled over that pastry when you put it on Instagram! And I’d love to go up the Montparnasse Tower. I wasn’t aware of it until now so thank you!

  • Cecile Blaireau

    A pastry is a amust in France and Montpoarnasse too ๐Ÿ™‚ It loks superb

  • I’ve always wanted to visit France properly. Paris seems so luxe! These look like some great places to visit and have a mooch around ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paris is always a good idea!

    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  • Newcastle Family Life

    It sounds like a great mini trip, I have only ever been to Disneyland and have never properly explored Paris xx

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