Coffee's and pastries and cute cobbled streets...minnie mouse ears, rollercoasters and treats, red wine to sip and parisian eats...those are a few of my favourite things (feel free to attempt to sing this in the style of the sound of music as I did while writing it!) For anybody who doesn't know, or hasn't already guessed, one of my favourite cities on earth is Paris. The sites, the architecture, the nightlife, the food...and of course DISNEYLAND!
When I was younger I was a dancer, and I had the opportunity to perform at disneyland paris a few times, and it quickly became one of my favourite places. In 2014 my now husband took me there for my birthday and proposed during the closing fireworks...so that certainly cemented it for me!
This year my husband, me and my parents all decided to take a family break to Paris, and my god did we manage to pack a lot in! We spent a full four days exploring the city, camera around my neck like a total tourist, saw all the sites we possibly could and even stopped off at Disneyland for the day in between!
So here it is...a little blog of all my favourite spots that we visited in Paris!
After some seriously tasty breakfast treats at a little spot called Kitchen (the vegan pancakes were to absolute bomb!) we headed straight for The Louvre. The architectural quality of the museum itself is something to marvel but then once inside its an absolute treasure trove of art, history and beauty. Personal highlights included the Egyptian artefacts and the Islamic Art exhibition (which took us forever to find since the place is so big but was totally worth the hunting!)
After a visit to The Louvre, we headed across the river and stumbled across the most beautiful flower market EVER! So cute and cosy and full of colour! We made a pit stop for coffee at the Latin Quarter where I fell in love with the Shakespeare and Company book store and coffee house, before making our way to the Notre Dame.
I am a big lover of visiting churches and cathedrals especially while abroad. Something about the stained glass windows, the magnitude of the buildings and the sense of calm and peace really resonates with me. And frankly, just look at how beautiful it is!
Not quite having packed enough into one day (yes thats right we are still only on day one here!) we then headed down river to the Eiffel Tower, Touristy? Yes. Beautiful despite this? Absolutely! Sometimes tourist spots are popular for a reason and while I'm all about finding hidden gems, It wouldn't be a trip to Paris without heading up to see it all from above! We stayed a while and went back after dark to see the tower all lit up before hitting the pillow for the night!
After a long day of walking the day before we decided on day two to take things a little bit easier....although we still managed to pack in a lot of walking (and a second day of breakfast food at Kitchen...I can't stress enough...the pancakes!!)
We headed down the Champs Elysee to The Grand Palais to catch an amazing art exhibition Artists vs Robots. It was a fascinating look at how technology and Artificial intelligence not only aids the creation of artwork, but now can create it on its own...blurring the lines between artist and robot. Que a whole load of amazing light installations and 3d sculpture.
We left feeling a little uneasy about how integrated A.I technology is becoming in our daily lives, but fascinated at the art non the less! We spent the rest of the day exploring the area near our apartment, checking out the street art (created by humans we assume!) and eating a whole lot of street food before resting up ready for a big day ahead...