03 Feb Weekend away in Paris
Paris is a beautiful city and we were lucky enough to spend 3 days exploring everything the city had to offer.
We left London early on Saturday morning and begin our adventure with a short two and a half hour train ride to Gard du Nord. Upon arrival we checked into the hostel and began exploring the city. We were all extremely excited about our weekend away and looked forward to trying the local cuisine and visiting all the famous sites.
We headed over to Sacré Coeur-a mountain with the most breath taking views of the city and also visited the church on the top of the mountain. We were all definitely awe struck by the beauty of Paris and its iconic architecture. We then headed off to Montmartre and had a traditional French lunch which was delicious to say the very least! After lunch we visited the Notre Dame de Paris which was amazing. The architecture of the church is astoundingly beautiful and sheer height of the ceilings is unbelievable. After taking plenty of photos we headed out to dinner, which was at a local creperie and was once again just delicious. We spent the rest of the night at a few bars and then wandered the streets of Paris to experience it at night.
The next day was Australia Day and we were very excited to celebrate the day in Paris with other Aussies from the hostel later on in the night. To start off the morning we visited the Eiffel tower and climbed to the 2nd floor. Again the views from here were amazing and worth the freezing cold temperatures. We then walked around Paris for a while and headed towards the place we would eat lunch at. I think what I enjoyed most about Paris at this stage was the architecture and the way the city is planned out. The houses all look very quaint and charming, which adds to the character of the city and the overall beauty of the city. We then headed to the Louvre which was one of the many highlights of the trip for me. The museum is filled with hundreds of paintings and artifacts and you could probably spend days exploring the whole thing. After spending about 3 hours in the Louvre we headed towards Champs Elysees which is a 2km street filled with designer shops and local restaurants. We also visited the Arc de Triomphe then headed back to the hostel to celebrate Australia Day. It was a great night enjoying the company of other Aussies who were travelling and relaxing together after the busy day we’d had.
Our final day in Paris consisted of a few of us trying local Parisian delicacies like escargot and foie gras. It was definitely a memorable experience, although I’m fairly certain I won’t be eating either of those dishes again! And finally to finish off our weekend in Paris we visited Chocolaterie Georges Larnicol which had the most delicious macaroons and chocolate treats! Perfect way to end our weekend in Paris.