Paris, I have always wanted to go and guess what, I did! Also the film Amelie had something to do with it. It’s one of my favourite films as is Midnight in Paris 🙂
Paris can be as expensive or unexpensive as you want it to be. Careful planning and a little joie de vivre gets you a long way!
I travelled via Eurostar from St Pancreas, London and within 2 hours or so I was in Paris.
I did some research and bought a Paris Visite travelcard that was valid for three days for 28 euro 50 cents! The pass can be bought from Gare Du Nord and can be valid for 1-5 days dependent on your visit. This was great value. If you get lost, it doesn’t matter!
The metro is easy to navigate, if you can navigate London Underground you can navigate Paris! Make sure you take a map with you.
I stayed in the 3rd Arrondisement ( district) by Arts et Metiers in a fabulous apartment. Contact me for more details as this is a hidden gem!I collected my keys from the office and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The apartment was wonderful, well equipped and could sleep upto four people and had a mezzanine floor. To keep costs down I went to the local supermarkets, bakeries and stocked up on supplies such as french cheese and wine.
In Paris, there are lots of things to see. Indeed, there are the many iconic buildings which include: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Moulin Rouge,Montmarte, Sacre Coeur .
One restaurant recommendation for you is Chez Gladines:
We visited this restaurant in the 13th Arrondisment. It is located in the neighbourhood of La Butte aux Cailles. The nearest metro is: Corvisart & Place d’Italie
Oh my, this is true French Cuisine and is Basque inspired. A local gem without tourists. The portions are generous and the food is of great value. You do have to queue as no reservations are taken. The decor is traditional with gingham tablecloths.
Expect to queue after 8pm for 30 minutes to 45 mintues or so. We had veal with mushroom sauce and potatoes and it was magnificent for 16 euros and we shared a couple of bottles of Bordeaux wine. It was c’est fantastique.
Please note they take cash only. No cards. The restaurant is small but fun and I recommend you should go. There’s some great street art too.
There are many districts in Paris which you can walk, stop for an aperitif or crepe or you can get the metro.
Make sure you use your Paris Visite travelcard!
A hop off, hop off sightseeing bus tour is a good idea as it gives an overview depending if you are time poor. With a hop on, hop off bus tour you can get a free boat trip along The Seine included in your ticket.
The Eiffel Tower is majestic, you must visit at night to see the Eiffel Tower lit up. It is free to watch! Also in the day time, it is good to have a look and see it in the daytime. Perhaps pop into a boulangerie and have a picnic in the park. You don’t have to buy a ticket to climb the Eiffel Tower, save the money by treating yourself to some gorgeous french patisserie or wine instead!
The Sacre Coeur which was magnificent and the view was outstanding. I felt like Amelie from the film!
Around the corner was Montmarte, it reminded me of the Woody Allen film ” Midnight in Paris”. It was a bit wet but the atmosphere is great, a creative buzz and lots of art to look at and purchase if you want to. I had lunch outside on a terrace sitting under a patio heater and enjoyed people watching.
I love books and quirky shops and found in Paris there were many second hand book sellers along the Seine, it was wonderful!
After Montmarte, I went to Pigalle, well it was a bit seedy but I wanted to see it. I love the Moulin Rouge and the Can Can!
Paris is wonderful, I can’t wait to go back again and explore some more. When are you going?